George Fairbairn (m. Jemima PATON)1,2,3

(say 1775 - bet. 1820 - 1826)


     In the marriage records for himself, and several children, George is variously described as a joiner, or once, as a wright, of Fountain Bridge, Wellington St, or Lauriston St.
On some later death certificates he is "builder" and deceased by at least 1826. Many of the family were hotel keepers in Edinburgh (George St & Shandwick Pl.)4,3,2


     George Fairbairn was born say 1775 ?Edinburgh, MLN, SCT.1
     George Fairbairn married Jemima Paton on 24 Feb 1802 Edinburgh, MLN, SCT, entry reads: George Fairbairn joiner St Andrew Church Parish and Rabina PATON same parish Daugtr of the deceased Jon Paton late Dyer in Alloa.5,6,1,7
     George Fairbairn died bet. 1820 - 1826 ?Edinburgh, MLN; (he's not the 1825 dth recorded Edin St Cuth, unless he had a late career change, as he was 53, draper of Wallanton St, however much Wallanton St might look like Wellington St.)2,3
Would two brothers end up working near each other in Edinburgh?
IF we know all of George and Jemima's children, and IF they followed the naming pattern, then George's parents would be expected to be a George and Margaret.
Nearby, also in Edinburgh St Cuthberts, is a joiner James at Pleasance, also with a first son George and an only known daughter Margaret.
This James married Margaret HUNTER, dtr of the deceased George HUNTER, late joiner of East Gordon, and their first son George was born at Hume.
George and Margaret marriages of a suitable timeframe include:
1741 Margrat WOOD (Fogo)
1755 Margaret SANDERSON (Nenthorn)
1769 Marion RAMSAY (Edinburgh)
Baptisms of a suitable timeframe of a George to a George include:
1764 mother Mary OUTERSON (Cockburnspath)
1765 mother Margaret MOFFAT (Eccles)
1774 no mother given (Earlston)
and of a James to a George include:
1748 mother Margaret SCOT (Kelso)
1774 mother Janet MURRAY (Kelso) - but this is the first James to this couple and their second James is believed accounted for elsewhere, represented in the DNA project by Doug (F-6) a more distant match in Lineage 1 than the descendant of George, joiner of Edinburgh, we are trying to place.8

DNA Info

     George belongs to a tested line in the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project. Follow this link for supplementary DNA information.


Jemima Paton (circa 1779 - Jul 1862)
  • Ann Callendar Fairbairn3 (circa 1806 - )
  • Margaret Fairbairn2 (circa 1811 - say 1874)
  • Robina Fairbairn5,9 (circa 1813 - May 1864)
  • Isabella Fairbairn (circa 1813 - say 1902)
  • George Alexander Fairbairn10,7 (circa 1815 - Feb 1858)
  • James Fairbairn (the engraver)+ (circa 1820 - Oct 1862); (James inked to his parents by informant for his death being nephew John PARIS, and his orphaned children being found in subsequent census records with their aunts)2,11,12
  • Catherine Fairbairn13 (circa 1821 - Apr 1900)
ChartsLineage 1a: George & Jemima/Robina (PATON) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited18 Apr 2013


  1. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Marr. 24 Dec 1802 George FAIRBAIRN & Rabina PATON, Edinburgh 685/01 530 0086, copy d/loaded Jan 2011.
  2. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Marr. 17 Nov 1845 Margaret d/o George FAIRBAIRN (joiner) & Thomas WALKER (baker) Par. Ch St Cuthberts, Edin, 685/ 020 0460 0085, copy d/loaded Jan 2011.
  3. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Marr. 19 Jun 1826 Ann Callendar d/o George FAIRBAIRN (joiner) & David PARIS, (sawyer) Par. Ch St Cuthberts, Edin, 685/ 020 0410 0137, copy d/loaded Jan 2011.
  4. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Jan 2010.
  5. [S201] 1841 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Edinburgh St Luke, MLN Par. 685/1 ED 3 Pg 10, hsehold of Jamima FAIRBAIRN, extracted Jan 2011.
  6. [S201] 1841 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Echline, Dalmeny, WLN Par. 665 ED 1 Pg 14 Hsehold of David & Ann PARIS, extracted Jan 2011.
  7. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 23 Feb 1858 George s/o George FAIRBAIRN & Jemima PATON Dist of Dean, Edin, MLN 685/01 #96, copy d/loaded Mar 2011.
  8. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Oct 2011.
  9. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Marr. 28 Feb 1843 Robina d/o George FAIRBAIRN (wright) & James VEITCH (butler) Par. Ch St Cuthberts, Edin, 685/ 020 0450 0242, copy d/loaded Jan 2011.
  10. [S5] online at, Marr. 9 Oct 1848 George s/o George FAIRBAIRN & Martha s/o Henry BOBBIN, from London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, Guildhall, Christchurch Newgate Street, Register of marriages, 1843 - 1848, P69/CTC/A/01/Ms 8951/3, extracted Mar 2011.
  11. [S207] 1871 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Dist St George, MLN Reg. 685/1 ED 86 Sched 54, hsehold of Thomas & Margaret WALKER, extracted Jan 2011.
  12. [S1] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Conclusions", Jan 2010.
  13. [S209] 1881 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Edinburgh, Dist of St Andrew, MLN Reg. 685/2 ED 100 Sched 77, hsehold of Catherine Fountain or Veitch, extracted Jan 2011.
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