Robert Fairbairn1,2,3,4

(circa January 1729 - after 1771)
FatherJohn Fairbairn (m. Bessie fflint)5 (bef. 1705 - bet. 1741 - 1805)
MotherBessie Flint5 (bet. 1700 - 1710 - aft. 1741)
Relationship6th great-uncle of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     Robert Fairbairn was born cir. Jan 1729 Drygrange, Par. of Melrose, ROX, SCT.2,4,5 He was baptized on 5 Jan 1729 Par. of Melrose, ROX, SCT; Robert s: to John ffairbairn & Bessie fflint in Drygrange Milne Bapt: Wit: Tho: Anderson & Robt Pringle.5
     Robert Fairbairn married Agnes Landreth on 6 Jan 1757 Par. of St Boswells, ROX, SCT, The 9th day Robert Fairbairn and Agnes Landreth both in this parish gave up their names in order to marriage and gave in Bond and Caut.. with twelve shillings Scotts money to the poor box in .. of their .. were married by .. banns upon January 6 day 1757 years.6
     Robert Fairbairn died aft. 1771 ?Kelso, ROX, SCT.7
     John Fairbairn (m. Bessie fflint) 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. (although subsequent BigY testing shows all tested candidate lines "meet" at a branch of the yDNA tree of mankind with an estimated formation of around 1725 - very conveniently about when John and Bessie married.)

You can read about this research journey on my personal Fairbairns page.8,2,9,10
Parents of Robert m. Agnes LANDRETH re-examined
With a first child named Archibald, possibly they are Archibald FAIRBAIRN and Isobel BOONY, whose Robert was baptized at Smailholm Sep 1728.
Or the previously identified John & Bessie FLINT in Melrose.
Unfortunately we don't know anything much about the descendants of Archibald marr. BOONY.
Our DNA matches could come from either!11

All the other info

     Robert Fairbairn and Robert Fairbairn Melrose, ROX, SCT, say 1775 were possibly related, one married to Agnes Landreth 1757, the other marr. Margaret Elliot and of an age to be a child of Robert and Agnes, particularly as naming pattern of children fits.12

External links

     Click here to see Robert's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.13
     Robert Fairbairn belongs to a DNA tested line. There may be more information available on DNASurnames under the DNA project for his/her surname/line.


Agnes Landreth (say 1730 - )
  • Archibald Fairbairn+2 (cir. Jul 1758 - bet. 1806 - 1841)
  • William Fairbairn12,14 (cir. 1760 - 1809)
  • Mary Fairbairn7 (Feb 1771 - )
ChartsJohn & Bessie (FFLINT) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited15 Jun 2019


  1. Name originally assumed from eldest known son, then I found Archibald's baptism.
  2. FamilyTree DNA, "FamilyTree DNA", FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project, 36/37 marker match between descendants of two contemporary (time and place) Archibald FAIRBAIRNs, Dec 2007.
  3. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, 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.
  4. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Birth?/bap? 11 Aug 1758 Archibald s/o Robert FAIRBAIRN, Par. of St Boswells, ROX, copy d/loaded Dec 2007.
  5. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Bap. 5 Jany 1729 Robert to John FFAIRBAIRN & Bessie FFLINT, Par. of Melrose, ROX, copy d/loaded Dec 2007.
  6. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Marr. 1757 Robert FAIRBAIRN & Agnes LANDRETH (both of St Boswells), ROX, copy d/loaded Dec 2007.
  7. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Birth 3 Feb Bap 17 Feb 1771 Mary to Robert FAIRBAIRN & Agnes LAUNDRESS, Kelso, ROX Dist 793, copy d/loaded Mar 2008.
  8. Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Dec 2007, updated Jan 2015.
  9. 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.
  10. FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project online at, 67 marker results for the three matching participants, rcvd Apr 2008.
  11. Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Apr 2016.
  12. Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", May 2008.
  13. WikiTree online at, Oct 2011.
  14. FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project online at, 67 marker results for Roy & Earl, rcvd Apr 2008.

E. & O. E. Some/most parish records are rather hard to read and names, places hard to interpret, particularly if you are unfamiliar with an area.