Agnes Fairbairn1

(circa 1818 - 22 May 1884)
FatherWalter Fairbairn2 (cir. May 1785 - Jan 1859)
MotherAgnes Robinson2 (cir. 1786 - Apr 1863)
Relationship2nd great-grandmother of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     Agnes Fairbairn was born cir. 1818 Morebattle, ROX, SCT, (not obvious in Morebattle OPR.)3
     Agnes Fairbairn married John Davidson, son of male Davidson? and Ann Collan, on 14 Nov 1839 Chirnside, BEW, SCT, OPR entry reads: "John Davidson of Chirnside and Agnes Fairbairn of Edrom Parish were married". The entry immediately preceding this was the marriage of Andrew Jeffrey and Margaret Hogg, their future son-in-law's parents.4
     Agnes Davidson died on 22 May 1884 Chirnside, BEW; Cert reads: "Agnes Davidson, married to John Davidson paper mill worker, died 1884 May 22 10 30 pm Chirnside, 67, d/o Walter Fairbairn, labourer, dec. and Agnes, m.s. unknown, dec; of natural decay, not certified. Informant John Davidson, widower, present.
Memorial card reads: 'In affectionate remembrance of .... who died at Chirnside 22 May 1884 aged 67 years.2,5' She was buried with John Davidson Chirnside, BEW, H/Stone Inscription:
In Affectionate Remembrance of AGNES FAIRBAIRN wife of JOHN DAVISON (sic) who died at Chirnside 22. May 1884, aged 67 years.
Also MARGARET, their daughter who died in infancy.
Also the said JOHN DAVIDSON, who died 30. November 1900, aged 82 years.
Also their daughter HELEN DAVIDSON, who died 28. September 1905, aged 64 years.6

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     In Nov 1839 Agnes Fairbairn was living in the Par. of Edrom, BEW, SCT.7
     Agnes Davidson appeared on the census of 1841 Little Billie, Par. of Bunkle & Preston, BEW, SCT, with John Davidson, as DAVIDSON: John 24 ag lab b BEW; Agnes 25 b SCT (sic); Agnes 1 b SCT; Margaret HUNTER 15 ag lab b BEW (NB enumerators were instructed to round ages down to the nearest multiple of 5.)8
     John and Agnes Davidson appeared on the census of 30 Mar 1851 Harelawside, Par. of Coldingham, BEW, SCT, as (all Davidson): John, head, farm servant, 33 b Chirnside, BEW, Agnes wife 33 b Morebattle, BEW (sic). Children: Agnes, 11, scholar b Morebattle; Allison (should be Helen!), 9, b Bunkle, BEW; John, 7, scholar, b Chirnside, BEW; Mary, 5, Walter, 2 both b Edrom, BEW; Jas (should be Adam!), 1m b Coldingham, BEW.9
     The census of 7 Apr 1861 showed Agnes with her husband John, their sons James, John, Walter, Adam and George, their dtrs Hellen and Mary Chirnside, BEW, SCT, household enumerated as DAVIDSON: John, head, ag lab, 44 b Chirnside; Agnes wife, 43, b Morebattle; Children: Hellen (sic) 19, paper mill worker, b Buncle; John, 16, paper mill worker b Chirnside; Mary 14 paper mill worker b Edrom; Walter, 12, paper mill worker b Edrom; Adam, 10, scholar b Coldingham; George, 6 scholar, James, 3 both b Dunse.10 Agnes Davidson was likely to be ?Chirnside, BEW, SCT, in 1871.
     John and Agnes Davidson appeared on the census of 3 Apr 1881 Doughty House, Chirnside, BEW, SCT, as DAVIDSON: John, head, paper mill labourer, 64, b Chirnside, Agnes, wife, 64, b Morebattle, ROX. Dtr Hellen (sic) 39, unm, paper mill worker, b Bunkle, BEW.11

External links

     Click here to see Agnes's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.12


John Davidson (cir. 1817 - Nov 1900)
  • Agnes Robertson Davidson13 (Mar 1840 - bet. Jun 1906 - Sep 1906)
  • Helen Davidson14,15,16 (Feb 1842 - Sep 1905)
  • John Davidson17 (May 1844 - Jun 1915)
  • Mary Davidson18 (Jul 1846 - Dec 1909)
  • Walter Davidson+19,20 (Nov 1848 - Oct 1881)
  • Adam Davidson21,1 (Mar 1851 - Sep 1920)
  • Margaret Davidson6 (say 1853 - )
  • George Davidson22 (Feb 1855 - Jun 1915)
  • James Davidson22 (Jan 1858 - Dec 1932)
My pedigree chart
Ancestors & siblings of Les Henderson
Paternal ancestors of Lorna
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Adam DAVIDSON's ancestors

Last Edited17 Nov 2022


  1. Baptisms: Coldingham, BEW, Bap. 1851 Adam DAVIDSON, extracted Sep/Oct 1994/5.
  2. Agnes DAVIDSON nee FAIRBAIRN, DC DAVIDSON, Agnes Chirnside 1884, p/copy taken 1994/5 held.
  3. Census 1851 Coldingham, BEW 732 dist 4, Dist 7 householder's schedule 65, p/copy held, taken 1994/5.
  4. Marriages Baptisms: Chirnside, BEW, Marr. 14 Nov 1839 John DAVIDSON to Agnes FAIRBAIRN, Chirnside, BEW (p/copy held, taken 1994/5).
  5. Memorial card: DAVIDSON, Agnes 1884, 22 May 1884, found in DAVIDSON photo album inherited by L McIntosh.
  6. Find A Grave online at, H/stone: Agnes FAIRBAIRN, John DAVIDSON, Margaret and Helen, Chirnside, BEW, memorial #184196261, photo uploaded by Thomas Hunter Brown
    , extracted Jan 2022.
  7. Marriages Baptisms: Chirnside, BEW, Mar. 1839 John DAVIDSON to Agnes FAIRBAIRN (p/copy held, taken 1994/5).
  8. 1841 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Little Billie, Par. of Bunkle, BEW Par. 728 ED 2 Pg 10, hsehold of John & Agnes DAVIDSON, extracted Oct 2009.
  9. Census 1851 Coldingham, BEW 732 dist 4, Dist 7 householder's schedule 65, hsehold of John & Agnes DAVIDSON, p/copy held, taken 1994/5.
  10. CENSUS 1861: Borders ROX/BEW, Chirnside Dist 2 Schedule 11, hsehold of John & Agnes DAVIDSON, extracted ?Sep/Oct 1994/5?
  11. 1881 Census transcripts, UK, via Family Search/LDS CDs, FHL Film 0224029 GRO Ref Volume 730 EnumDist 1 Page 25, extracted pre 2000.
  12. WikiTree online at, Oct-11.
  13. Marriages Baptisms: Chirnside, BEW, Bap 1840 Agnes Robertson DAVIDSON, frame 585, transr L McIntosh Sep/Oct 1994/5.
  14. Births deaths marriages index (pre 1855): Scotland, Chr 1842 Helen DAVIDSON, frame 248, extracted Sep/Oct 1994/5 , Microfiche and
  15. Baptism 1842 Helen DAVIDSON: Bunkle & Preston, BEW, extracted Sep/Oct 1994/5 (20 Mar 1842).
  16. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 28 Sep 1905 Helen d/o John DAVIDSON & Agnes FAIRBAIRN, Heriotmill, Par. of Heriot, MLN, 688/00 #3, copy d/loaded Jun 2013.
  17. GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Marriage 1866 John DAVIDSON/Isabella FORD trans. Robert McC Dec 2002.
  18. Baptism: Edrom, BEW, Birth 1846 Mary DAVIDSON, p145, 1st entry on page FORD/HASTIE 1827 (p/copy 1994/5 misplaced, electronic copy rcvd from Shirley H, Jan 2004).
  19. Baptism: Edrom, BEW, Birth 1848 Walter DAVIDSON, p145, 1st entry on page FORD/HASTIE 1827 (p/copy 1994/5 misplaced, electronic copy rcvd from Shirley H, Jan 2004).
  20. Shirley Heaton (36523), "EM DAVIDSON/McINTYRE ex Shirley H," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Marr. 1873 Walter DAVIDSON and Jessie McINTYRE, extract rcvd Dec 2003.
  21. DC DAVIDSON, Adam 1920, Folio 3809/70, Inspection p/copy dated Aug 1993 held.
  22. DAVIDSON, International Genealogical Index (IGI), DAVIDSON/FAIRBAIRN births, batch C117351, extracted c 1993.

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