Euphemia Fairbairn1,2

(circa Dec 1794 - 14 Mar 1852)
FatherThomas Fairbairn (m. Elspeth WOOD)1 (circa 1746 - 1814)
MotherElspeth Wood1 (circa 1767 - 1833)


     Euphemia Fairbairn was born circa 1791 Fogo, BEW, SCT, from 1851 census (living with sister and her husband.)2
     Euphemia Fairbairn was born circa Dec 1794 Fogo, BEW, SCT, estimated from baptism, and within range for a "45" year old Euphemia in 1841 given the rounding of ages in that census.3 She was baptized on 21 Dec 1794 Fogo, BEW; which would appear to be a late baptism, OR the headstone age at death is inaccurate.
Entry reads: Elspeth Daughter to Thos Fairbairn ditcher in Fogo was Baptized. George Blair Indweller in Fogo and Patrick Blair Schoolmaster there Witnesses.3,4 Some sources show Euphemia as born circa 1787 according to headstone, which I'm assuming has overstated her age.1,4
     Euphemia Fairbairn married William Stewart on 15 Dec 1840 St Stephen's, Edinburgh, MLN, SCT, entry dated 14th Dec shows "Proclaimed 13th Dec 1840 William Stewart Flesher residing No. 49 Cumberland Street, St Stephen's Parish and Euphemia Fairbairn, residing same place and parish, daughter of the late Thomas Fairbairn, Grocer, Leitholm" (three times proclaimed) Married at Edinburgh on the 15th December 1840 by the Revd Dr William Muir, Minster of St Stephen.5
     Euphemia Fairbairn died on 14 Mar 1852 Leitholm, BEW, SCT.1
Euphemia on headstone with parents is Elspeth
Evidence for the proscecution:
Euphemia and Elspeth are synonyms.
There's a Dec 1794 baptism for an Elspeth, but none for a Euphemia
This baptism fits one of the census ages for Euphemia.
Euphemia was older than her husband William, so could have understated her age, given she seems to have aged 15 years between the 1841 (with husband in Edinburgh) and 1851 (with sister in Leitholm) censuses.4


     Euphemia Stewart appeared on the census of 1841 Cumberland St (49), Edinburgh, MLN, SCT, with William Stewart, as STEWART: William 37 grocer & sp deal b. SCT; Euphemia 45 b. SCT; FMP adds to the hsehold with LUMSDANE: Anne 55 b. SCT, Margt 30 b. MLN (NB enumerators were instructed to round ages down to the nearest multiple of 5.)6 Euphemia Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1851 Leitholm Bridge End, Par. of Eccles, BEW, SCT, as brother-in-law of Robert Rogers.2
ChartsThomas & Elspeth (WOOD) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited6 Feb 2017


  1. [S3123] Curious Fox online at, FAIRBAIRN H/stone: Fogo, BEW, extracted Jan 2009.
  2. [S203] 1851 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Leitholm Bridge End, Eccles, BEW, Par. 737 ED: 5; Page: 23; Sched. 76, hsehold of Robert & Catherine ROGER, extracted Feb 2017.
  3. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bap. 21 Dec 1794 Elspeth d/o Thos FAIRBAIRN, (ditcher, Fogo), Fogo, BEW, 740 10 pg 171 of 243, copy d/loaded Feb 2017.
  4. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Feb 2017.
  5. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Marr. 15 Dec 1840 William (flesher) STEWART & Euphemia dtr of Thomas (grocer, Leitholm, BEW) FAIRBAIRN, St Stephen's, Edin., MLN, 685/1 660 pg 309 of 451, copy d/loaded Feb 2017.
  6. [S201] 1841 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Edinburgh, MLN, hsehold of William & Euphemia F STEWART, extracted Feb 2017.
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