Margaret Fairbairn1

(16 Aug 1802 - 30 Jul 1855)
FatherJames Fairbairn1 (Apr 1778 - )
MotherMaitland Bird1 (say 1770 - )


     Margaret Fairbairn was born on 16 Aug 1802 Par. of Fala & Soutra, MLN, SCT.1
     Margaret Fairbairn married William Steele on 17 Nov 1827 Nenthorn, BEW, SCT, Entry reads: This day William Steele in this parish and Margaret Fairbairn in the parish of Smailholm gave up their names for Proclamation in order to marriage.2,3
     Margaret Fairbairn died on 30 Jul 1855 Appleby, WES, ENG, at age 52.4,5,6,7 She was buried St Michael, Appleby, WES, ENG, To m. (memory of) Margaret Fairbairn, wife of William Steel, shepherd, Langton Cottage, who d. July 30, 1855 aged 52 y.7
The identification of the Margaret born to James FAIRBAIRN & Maitland BIRD in 1802, Fala, MLN as the one married to William STEELE in Nenthorn, BEW is not confmed by any certificate, as although Margaret died in 1855, a great year for Scottish certificates, she unfortunately died in Westmoreland, England. However in the 1851 census she shows as being of the right age, and as born Fala; Circumstantially, a granddaughter was given Maitland as a middle name.8,4,9


     Margaret Fairbairn and William Steele appeared on the census of 1841 Easter Langlee, Par. of Melrose, ROX, SCT, and are assumed to be husband and wife. They were enumerated as STEELE: William 30 ; Margaret 30 b ROX; Elizabeth 10, James 8, Isabel 6, Catren 1.10
     Margaret Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1851 East Langlee, Par. of Melrose, ROX, SCT, with William Steele, enumerated as STEELE: William 46 shepherd b Stow, MLN; Margaret 48 b Fala, MLN; Children: Eliza 21 Dressmaker b Nenthorn, BEW; James 20 ag lab b Nenthorn; Isabella 18 farm serv b Nenthorn; Catharine 11, Joseph 8 both scholars, William 5 all b Melrose, ROX.4


William Steele (Oct 1804 - Dec 1884)
  • Elizabeth Steele4,11 (circa 1830 - 1900)
  • James Steele4 (circa 1831 - )
  • Joseph Steele4,12 (circa 1843 - Jan 1910)
ChartsLineage 1b4b: Francis and Agnes (DICKIESON) Fairbairn
Last Edited23 Apr 2014


  1. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Birth 16 Aug 1802 Margaret d/o James FAIRBAIRN & Maitland BIRD, batch C116862, Fala & Soutra, MLN, extracted Oct 2010.
  2. [S3132] Scotlands People Index, "OPR Berwick , Scotland, FAIRBAIRN Marriages 1538-1854", Marr. 17 Nov 1827 Margaret FAIRBAIRN & William STEELE, Nenthorn, BEW, 753/00 0020 0079, extracted from index Apr 2013.
  3. [S7] - Family Trees online at, Marr. 17 Nov 1827 Margaret FAIRBAIRN, Smailholm, & William STEELE, Nenthorn, at Nenthorn, BEW, from OPR image online in MacDonald Family Tree of davidac142 at…, extracted Apr 2013.
  4. [S203] 1851 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Melrose, ROX; Par. 799 ED: 6; Page: 19; Sched. 60, hsehold of William & Margaret STEELE, extracted Apr 2013.
  5. [S5] online at, "Montmorency" 16 Oct 1860 William STEELE and children, arr. Brisbane, QLD, from Queensland, Australia, Passenger Lists, 1848-1912, extracted from index Apr 2013.
  6. [S1595] Www FreeBMD ENG online at, Dth 1855 Q3 Margaret STEELE, reg. East Ward, WES, 10b/301, extracted from index Apr 2013.
  7. [S2333] Rootsweb Msge Board online at, Dth 30 Jul 1855 Margaret FAIRBAIRN, w/o Wiliam STEELE, H/stone Appleby St Michael, Westmoreland, aged 52, of Langton Cottage, from…, transcr. posted Jun 2003, extracted Apr 2013.
  8. [S7] - Family Trees online at, Dth 17 Oct 1871 Henrietta Maitland d/o James STEELE & Isabella STUART, aged 3 yrs, Woodburn, Dist of Rockhampton, QLD, reg. 1871/1018, from dth cert. copy on MacDONALD tree of davidmac142, online at…, extracted from image May 2013.
  9. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", May 2013.
  10. [S201] 1841 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Melrose, ROX; Par. 799 ED: 11; Page: 1, hsehold of William & Margaret STEELE, extracted Apr 2013.
  11. [S5] online at, Dth 1900 Elizabeth STEELE d/o William STEELE & Margaret FAIRBAIRN, Queensland, AUS, reg. 004065 pg 24902, from Australia Death Index, 1787-1985, extracted from index May 2013.
  12. [S3289] Index of births, marriages and deaths, Dth 21 Jan 1910 Joseph s/o William STEELE & Margaret FAIRBARNE, QLD, #003253 Page: 24907, from Australia Death Index, 1787-1985, extracted Apr 2014.
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