Archibald Fairbairn1,2

(circa July 1758 - between 1806 and 1841)
FatherRobert Fairbairn3 (cir. Jan 1729 - aft. 1771)
MotherAgnes Landreth4 (say 1730 - )
Relationship1st cousin 6 times removed of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     Archibald Fairbairn was born cir. Jul 1758 in the Par. of St Boswells, ROX, SCT.5,6 He was baptized on 11 Aug 1758 in the Par. of St Boswells, ROX, SCT; "Agst 11 Robt Fairbairn had a son B(aptized?) n(amed) Archbald."6,5
     Archibald Fairbairn married Mary Grierson cir. 25 Jul 1784 in the Par. of Bowden, ROX, SCT, Sessions 25 July 1784: Archd F. & Mary G. who are said to be married in an irregular way a short time ago, and they themselves declaring the truth of it, were rebuked for taking such a step & exhorted to live for the future in a christian way as man & wife.1
     Archibald Fairbairn died bet. 1806 - 1841 ?Moorhead, Par. of Southdean, ROX, SCT.7,8,9
     John Fairbairn is likely to be the family patriarch for the families of Archibald? Fairbairn, Robert Fairbairn, Archibald Fairbairn, Archibald Fairbairn, William Fairbairn (m. WANLESS), John Fairbairn and William Fairbairn.
The Archibald with the ? after his name has to have existed, as the Fairbairn Surname DNA project provided a DNA match between a descendant of Archibald Fairbairn and Alison Crosser, likely first son Archibald born Whitsome, Berwickshire, and a descendant of Archibald and Mary Grierson/Giessen's, son George, baptised Bowden, Roxburghshire. These two families are contemporaries in time and fairly close by place.
The name Archibald? is assigned as father of the Archibald who married Alison Crosser from my assumption that the 1783 baptism of an Archibald to an Archibald, hynd of Whitsome Vaults, is their likely eldest child.
Prompted by this unexpected success I researched the other Archibald and have now convinced myself that his father was Robert, and grandfather John (marr. Bessie fflint), this all being from both naming patterns of the children, and the baptisms being in the right area and timeframe as there are no convenient wills left around for us to find. The extended family also end up in all the right places (Smailholm and Kelso). There's even an Archibald as a witness to one of the baptisms, and a Thomas Anderson.

My calcs are that a grandfather to the two known to exist Archibalds would cover 8 generations in total, between the matching y_DNA candidates. This agrees with the 90% probability calculations from FamilyTree DNA's y_DNA calculations (95% that it was no more than 10).
This seemed good enough reason to join the families up in this way, it may however be a generation, or two, further back - until we also factor in the growing number of autosomal dna matches bewteen the two lines.

An additional line joined this extended Fairbairn family with an unexpected match between these Archibalds and a descendant of William Fairbairn and Jean Wanless, who had emigrated to Quebec. This 67/67 match between a descendant of the Archibald who married Mary Grierson, and a descendant of William Fairbairn and Jean Wanless. and the 64/67 match between the Crosser line and these two lines has led me to join up the families as per the linked charts.
You can read about this research journey on my personal Fairbairns page.10,3,11,12

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     In 1785 Archibald and Mary were living Clarilaw, Par. of Bowden, ROX, SCT, when their dtr Mary was baptized13 and by 1787 they were Midlem Eastfield, Par. of Bowden, ROX, SCT, when dtr Agnes baptized.14 By 1789 they were living Whinfield, Par. of St Boswells, ROX, SCT, where the next child, Isabel, was born15 and bet. 1791 - 1793 they were Thornylaw, Par. of St Boswells, ROX, SCT, where both Robert and Margaret were born.16,17 In 1804 Archibald and Mary were living Macksidemoore, Par. of Southdean, ROX, SCT, (baptism of son George)18 and in 1806 they were Moorhead, Par. of Southdean, ROX, SCT, when the last known child, Cecilia was born, Archibald shown as a hind (and dtr Agnes' marriage was recorded in the Southdean OPR in 1808, as Nancy.)9,19 Archibald Fairbairn was shown as a ploughman, dec'd, on son George's Selkirk death cert. in Nov 1870.7

All the other info

     20,21,22,23

External links

     Click here to see Archibald's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.24
     Archibald Fairbairn belongs to a DNA tested line. There may be more information available on DNASurnames under the DNA project for his/her surname/line.

Family

Mary Grierson (cir. 1765 - bet. 1851 - 1863)
Children
  • Mary Fairbairn13 (Aug 1785 - Jun 1874)
  • Agnes Fairbairn14,25 (Jul 1787 - May 1863)
  • Isabel Fairbairn15 (Mar 1789 - )
  • Robert Fairbairn17,26 (Jun 1791 - May 1880)
  • Margaret Fairbairn27 (May 1793 - Feb 1848)
  • George Fairbairn28,7,18 (Jul 1804 - Nov 1870)
  • Cecily Fairbairn9 (Aug 1806 - Apr 1887)
ChartsJohn & Bessie (FFLINT) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited19 Apr 2016

Citations

  1. Cash book and Kirk Sessions Baptisms: Bowden, ROX, SCT, Kirk Sessions , Film 1067932.
  2. FAIRBAIRN, International Genealogical Index (IGI).
  3. FamilyTree DNA, "FamilyTree DNA", FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project, 36/37 marker match between descendants of two contemporary (time and place) Archibald FAIRBAIRNs, Dec 2007.
  4. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Marr. 1757 Robert FAIRBAIRN & Agnes LANDRETH (both of St Boswells), ROX, copy d/loaded Dec 2007.
  5. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth?/bap? 11 Aug 1758 Archibald s/o Robert FAIRBAIRN, Par. of St Boswells, ROX, copy d/loaded Dec 2007.
  6. Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Bap. 11 Aug 1758 Archbald, s/o Robert FAIRBAIRN, batch C118042, St Boswells, ROX, extracted Dec 2007.
  7. GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Dth 1870 George FAIRBAIRN, transcr. by Robert McC, rcvd Jun 2005.
  8. Census image, SCT, 1851 Census Melrose, ROX Dist 799 ED 1 Pg 21 Sched 81, hsehold of Mary FAIRBAIRN, copy d/loaded Dec 2007.
  9. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 31 Aug, bap. 26 Sep 1806 Cecy d/o Archibald FAIRBAIRN, Moorhead, Par. of Southdean, ROX, copy d/loaded Dec 2007.
  10. Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Dec 2007, updated Jan 2015.
  11. FamilyTree DNA, "FamilyTree DNA", FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project, 37/37 marker match between descendants of Archibald FAIRBAIRN & Mary GRIERSON, and of William FAIRBAIRN & Jean WANLESS, Mar 2008.
  12. FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project online at http://worldfamilies.net/surnames/fairbairn/results.html, 67 marker results for the three matching participants, rcvd Apr 2008.
  13. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 1 Aug, bap. 30 Oct 1785 Mary d/o Archibald FAIRBAIRN & Mary GRIERSON, Clarrilaw, Par. of Bowden, ROX, copy d/loaded Dec 2007.
  14. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 15 Jul, bap. 23 Jul 1787 Agnes d/o Archibald FAIRBAIRN & Mary GRIERSON, Midlem Eastfield, Par. of Bowden, ROX, copy d/loaded Dec 2007.
  15. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 17 Mar, bap. 5 Jul 1789 Isabel d/o Archibald FAIRBAIRN, Whinfield, Par. of St Boswells, ROX, copy d/loaded Dec 2007.
  16. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 20 May, Bap. 10 Jun 1793 Margaret d/o Archibald FAIRBAIRN & Mary GRIERSON, Par. of St Boswells, ROX, copy d/loaded Dec 2007.
  17. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 5 Jun, bap. 28 Aug 1791 Robert, s/o Archibald FAIRBAIRN & Mary GRIERSON, Thornylaw, Par. of St Boswells, ROX, copy d/loaded Dec 2007.
  18. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 12 Jul, bap. 26 Aug 1804 George s/o Archibald FAIRBAIRN, Macksidemoore, Par. of Southdean, ROX, copy d/loaded Dec 2007.
  19. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Marr. 2 Dec 1808 Nancy FAIRBAIRN & John RIDDELL, "both in this parish" 806/0010 0142, copy rcvd from Harry DW May 2010.
  20. Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Apr 2008.
  21. Sanna F Ross (Gaffney), "EM FAIRBAIRN: Borders ex Sanna G," e-mail to Lorna & GenForum FAIRBAIRN, Marr. William FAIRBAIRN & Aylsie ELLIOTT, from Reby Dodds, "Who's Which?", rcvd c 2000?
  22. G Roy & Pat FAIRBAIRN, "Corres. FAIRBAIRN/WANLESS, Quebec ex G Roy & Pat F.," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, 1983 visit Roy had had with Reby, taken from email to Sanna G from Roy, Jan 2003, copy rcvd Jan 2003, extracted Apr 2008, "I also visited Reby on 13 May 1983 at the retirement home in Perth, Ontario.Evidently she and her mother researched the book and brought it to publication."
  23. GenForum online at http://www.genforum.genealogy.com/my/, Thomas & Elspeth (Redpath) FAIRBAIRN, Rideau Canal, posted Aug 2001 by Karen GRANT, extracted Jan 2003.
  24. WikiTree online at http://WikiTree.com/, Apr 2016.
  25. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 3 May 1863 Agnes RIDDELL, Melrose, ROX, Dist 799/1 Pg 8 Sched 24, copy d/loaded May 2008.
  26. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 1880 Robert FAIRBAIRN, reg. Dist of Wilton, ROX, Dist 810 pg 16 #46, copy d/loaded Dec 2007.
  27. Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, Birth 20 May, Bap. 10 Jun 1793 Margaret d/o Archibald FAIRBAIRN & Mary GRIERSON, Par. of St Boswells, ROX, copy d/loaded Dec 2007.
  28. FAIRBAIRN, International Genealogical Index (IGI), patron submission?

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