Archibald Fairbairn

(6 March 1808 - 4 November 1867)
FatherWalter Fairbairn1,2 (cir. May 1785 - Jan 1859)
MotherAgnes Robinson (cir. 1786 - Apr 1863); (son's dth cert gives mother's name as Agnes Robison)1,2
Relationship3rd great-uncle of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     Archibald Fairbairn was born on 6 Mar 1808 Morebattle, ROX, SCT, Entry in OPR reads: "Archibald Fairbairn son of Walter Fairbairn labourer Morebattle and Agnes Robinson his spouse was born 6th Mar 1808 and bap immediately following."1 He married Betty Houd, daughter of John Houd and Agnes Minto, in May 1835 ROX, SCT; Cavers 31st, Bedrule, 15th (assumed to be Banns).3
     Archibald Fairbairn died on 4 Nov 1867 Hartrigge Lodge, Jedburgh, ROX, SCT, at age 59; Dist 792 #82 cert reads: Archibald Fairbairn, shepherd, married to Betty Houd, aged 59, s/o Walter Fairbairn, gen. labourer, dec, and Agnes m.s. Robison, died 4:30pm of consumption, 3 mths, cert. by Jas Falla, surgeon, inf Walter Fairbairn, son. Reg 6th Nov. Jedburgh.2

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     Archibald Fairbairn and Betty Fairbairn appeared on the census of 7 Jun 1841 Walkersknow, Par. of Jedburgh, ROX, SCT, and are assumed to be husband and wife. They were enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: Archbald (sic) 30 ag lab; Betty 25 (which is why I couldn't find them when searching for Archibald and Elizabeth); Walter 3; John 2 Agness (sic) 9m all b ROX.4
     Archibald and Elizabeth Fairbairn appeared on the census of 30 Mar 1851 Walkersnow, Par. of Jedburgh, ROX, SCT, as Archibald FAIRBAIRN, head, 43, hedger, b Morebattle; wife Elizabeth, 39 hedger's wife, b Minto; Children: Walter, 13 b Dalton DFS; John 12 b Cavers; Agness (sic) 10 b Wilton; Mary 8 b Walkersnow (all scholars); Andrew 5; Archibald 3; Helen 1 all b Walkersnow.5
     The census of 7 Apr 1861 showed Archibald with his wife Betty, their sons Walter, John, Andrew and Archibald, their dtr Helen 10 Bongate, Jedburgh, ROX, SCT, household enumerated as entry reads: FAIRBAIRN: Archibald, head, 53, ag. lab. b Morebattle, ROX; wife Betty, 48, b Minto, ROX. Children: Walter, 23, carpenter, journeyman, b Dalton, DFS; John, 22, woollen mill worker machine cleaner. b Cavers, ROX; Andrew, 15, lab (garden), b Jedburgh; Archibald, 13, woollen mill worker piecer, b Jedburgh; Helen, 11, scholar, b Jedburgh.6
     Archibald Fairbairn was described as a general labourer when son Andrew died in Oct 1864 Jedburgh, ROX, SCT.7 He was a horticultural labourer when his dtr Agnes married in Dec 1864 Jedburgh, ROX.8 He was given as a shepherd on his own dth cert in Nov 1867 Hartrigge Lodge, Jedburgh, ROX, SCT.2

All the other info

     Hartrigge is an estate approx. 1 mile east of Jedburgh. In the reminiscences of a George Taylor, date unknown, George states that his brother John "left the garden at Ormiston about 1850 for the situation of gardener at Hartrigge near Jedburgh. This extensive estate had lately been purchased by Lord Campbell, then Lord Chief Justice of England. The garden had to be remodeled and laid out anew, and I recollect I was in the way of rendering John some assistance in this matter, and also in laying out some new drives in the park. I also supplied from our Kelso nursery a great many fruit trees for the garden and some of the finer sort of shade trees for the park. My mother also left Ormiston and took a house at Bongate, where she was close beside John and her other married daughters, Agnes (mar. to Wm Huggan a millwright on the Abby Bank) and Margaret (mar. to George Telfer, cabinet maker of Jedburgh), where she was always a welcome guest."9,10


Elizabeth Hood (cir. 1812 - Feb 1890)
  • Walter Fairbairn+11 (Nov 1837 - Dec 1904)
  • John Fairbairn (cir. 1839 - Mar 1862)
  • Agnes Fairbairn8 (cir. Oct 1840 - aft. 1901)
  • Mary Fairbairn5 (cir. 1843 - Feb 1916)
  • Andrew Fairbairn7 (cir. 1846 - Oct 1864)
  • Archibald Fairbairn12 (cir. 1848 - Oct 1927)
  • Helen Fairbairn13 (cir. 1850 - Jan 1877)
Ancestors & siblings of Les Henderson
Last Edited21 May 2010


  1. OPR Baptisms Marriages: Morebattle, ROX, SCT, Baptism 1808 Archibald FAIRBAIRN, trans. L McIntosh Sep/Oct 1994.
  2. Archibald FAIRBAIRN (13611), DC FAIRBAIRN, Archibald 1867, p/copy held.
  3. FAIRBAIRN, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Mar. 1835 Archibald FAIRBAIRN to Betty HOUD, batch M117854-?-1067933 (Cavers) and M117827-?-1067932 (Bedrule).
  4. FreeCensus, UK online at, 1841 Jedburgh ROX: Piece: SCT1841/792 EnumDist 6 Folio 6 Page 9, extracted Dec 2004.
  5. 1851 census, Borders, ROX, Maxton, Melrose, Jedburgh, Southdean, Book 13 p13 via published transcription available NZ National Library, extracted Nov 2003.
  6. CENSUS 1861: Borders ROX/BEW, Jedburgh Dist 792, Enum Dist 5, entry 40.
  7. GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Dth cert. 1864 Andrew FAIRBAIRN, trans. Stuart H, May 2001.
  8. GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Mar. cert. 1864 George BROWN & Agnes FAIRBAIRN trans. Sep 2002 Robert McC.
  9. Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1), (The Reminiscences of George TAYLOR, the man who brought celery cultivation to Kalamazoo, MI), searched Aug 2003.
  10. Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1)…, searched Aug 2003.
  11. GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Dth cert 1904 Walter FAIRBAIRN, trans. Stuart H Jul 2003.
  12. GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Mar. cert 1871 Archibald FAIRBAIRN & Isabella DAVIDSON transcr. Robert McC, rcvd Apr 2001.
  13. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 7 Jan 1877 Helen FAIRBAIRN, reg. Jedburgh, ROX Dist 792 Pg 1 #3, copy d/loaded Mar 2008.

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