May Fairbairn Dibdin1

(4 May 1886 - 10 June 1914)
FatherJames Caxton Dibdin2 (Dec 1856 - Jul 1901)
MotherBarbara Fairbairn Reid2 (Jan 1865 - bet. 1887 - 1891)
Relationship3rd cousin 2 times removed of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     May Fairbairn Dibdin was born on 4 May 1886 4 Duncan St, Drummond Pl, Edinburgh, Dist of St Andrews, MLN, SCT, cert. shows May Fairbairn as b 7:30pm to James Caxton Dibdin concert manager and Barbara Fairbairn m.s. Reid who married 1885 Jul 23, Edinburgh, inf. father, Jas C Dibdin, present, reg. May 26th Edin.3,4 Some sources show May as born cir. 1900 Edinburgh, MLN, SCT, but this family "memory" had to be a little later than the actual date as she was found in the 1891 census with her father and step mother, and the eventual finding of her birth cert verified that (it was marginally incorrectly indexed as Mary, rather than May.)2,5
     May Fairbairn Dibdin died on 10 Jun 1914 20 Jordan Lane, Edinburgh, Dist of Morningside, MLN, SCT, at age 28; cert shows her as a science teacher, single 28 d 4:15pm of glioma of cerebellum (appears to be the fancy term for brain tumour), cert by T J Thomson M.D; d/o James Dibdin concert manager and Barbara Fairbairn m.s. Reid, both dec'd; inf Aunt Helen Reid, present, reg Jun 12th (this is the same doctor who attended most of the Reid family deaths, and the address of Helen and her siblings for many years.)2,1,5,6

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     May F Debdin appeared on the census of 5 Apr 1891 5 Merchiston Bank Tce, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Dist of Newington, MLN, SCT, in the household of James Caxton Dibdin and Margerat F Debdin as daughter of James.3 May F Dibdin appeared on the census of 1901 8 Howard Pl, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Dist of St Andrew, MLN, SCT, in the household of James C Dibdin and Margaret F Dibdin as daughter of James.7

All the other info

     The American Fairbairn family have what must be a graduation photo of May prob. Edinburgh, MLN, SCT, say 1907 showing her in her gown with her diploma (shown above if you are reading this on the right web site.)8
     May Dibdin is remembered by Grandma Viele "Barbara married a noted orchestrra leader named Oldenham Walter Dibdon. The Dibdons had one daughter May who died during World War One. Nellie Reid had raised her. Her mother, Barbara, died some years before her. May was a brilliant student and died of what was called brain storm from too much study. I have a photograph of May Dibdon taken in her college robe and her diploma. I've always thought she had a beautiful face." (May's father was actually James Caxton Dibdin, and the informant for her death in 1914, was her aunt Helen Reid, who must only have taken her over after 1901, as May was still with her father and step mother at age 14 in the 1901 census. Melinda added: When our parents wanted us to study we used to say "Remember what Grandma said happened to her cousin May.")9,5,1,7,10
     May's father appears to be an oft quoted authority on Edinburgh musical life if web searches are to be believed ("Annals of the Edinburgh Stage with an account of the rise and progress of dramatic writing in Scotland (1888)". A quick check of the contents of the book indicate there may have been some family reason for the production of the book, as it mentions both James father Henry Edward Dibdin (noted as a harpist who moved to Edinburgh 1833. He was born London, and a Professer of Music, or as ancestry transcribed in one census Teacher of Hurtic), and his grandfather, C Dibdin Jnr, also Tom Dibdin (Charles' brother) and extensively mentions Charles Dibdin, who looks very like his great grandfather (described online as an "English songwriter and theatrical entrepreneur 1745-1814")
     He also appears to have edtited a book on lifeboats, (the why possibly being explained by its dedication to the Secretary of the Royal National Lifeboat Association, Mr Charles Dibdin), and one called "Scottish Border Life - A Series of Original Sketches" (1897 Methuen & Co, London). As far as my brief research into James is concerned, his only connection to the Borders would appear to be his first wife's mother (Hannah Forsythe Reid nee Fairbairn) who was born there in 1824 and was already in Edinburgh by 1851. Admittedly her life did overlap that of James, as she died in Edinburgh in 1904, in fact, I suspect she actually outlived him.11,12,13,14,15,16
ChartsFAIRBAIRN
John & Bessie (FFLINT) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited20 Jun 2008

Citations

  1. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 10 Jun 1914 May Fairbairn DIBDIN, reg. Morningside, City of Edinburgh, Dist 685/06 5389 Pg 180 #538, extracted Jun 2008.
  2. Melinda NORTON, "Corres. re FAIRBAIRN/SAFELY between Melinda N & LornaHen," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Family of Hannah Fairbairn REID, rcvd Jun 2008.
  3. 1891 Census (images for ENG, transcriptions for SCT), UK, Via Ancestry.com, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Dist of Newington, MLN Reg 685/5 ED 131 Sched 44, hsehold of James C & Margerat F (sic) DEBDIN, extracted Jun 2008.
  4. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 4 May 1886 May Fairbairn d/o James Caxton DIBDIN & Barbara Fairbairn REID, re. Dist of St Andrews, Burgh of Edin, MLN 685/02 Pg 200 #598, copy d/loaded Jun 2008.
  5. Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Jun 2008.
  6. Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) glioma from http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O87-glioma.html, extracted Jun 2008.
  7. 1901 Census (images for ENG, transcriptions for SCT), UK, Via Ancestry.com, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Dist of St Andrew, MLN Reg 685/2 ED 80 Sched 59 hsehold of James C & Margaret F DIBDIN, extracted Jun 2008.
  8. Melinda NORTON, "Corres. re FAIRBAIRN/SAFELY between Melinda N & LornaHen," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Photo of May DIBDIN, graduation, rcvd Jun 2008.
  9. Melinda NORTON, "Corres. re FAIRBAIRN/SAFELY between Melinda N & LornaHen," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Grandma Viele's memories (c 1955) of Nellie & Barbara REID, rcvd Jun 2008.
  10. Melinda NORTON, "Corres. re FAIRBAIRN/SAFELY between Melinda N & LornaHen," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Rcvd Jun 2008.
  11. Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) "The Book of the Lifeboat. With a Complete History of the Lifeboat Saturday Movement, Numerous Original Illustrations and Thrilling Narratives, Written by Eyewitnesses of Shipwrecks and Lifeboat Rescues on the Coasts of the British Isles. The Dangers and Excitements Set forth by Members of the Lifeboat Crews Engaged in the Work." Edited and Arranged by James C. Dibdin and John Ayling. 1894, found on Google books, Jun 2008.
  12. Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) Charles DIBDIN, 1745-1814, from http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1E1-Dibdin-C.html, extracted Jun 2008.
  13. 1851 Census (images for ENG, transcriptions for SCT), UK, via Ancestry.com, Edinburgh St Mary, MLN Par 685/1 ED 10 Pg 10 Sched 37, hsehold of Henry Edwd & Isabella DIBDIN, extracted Jun 2008.
  14. Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) "The annals of the Edinburgh stage with an account of the rise and progress of dramatic writing in Scotland (1888)" by James C Dibdin, published by R Cameron (Edinburgh), from http://www.archive.org/details/annalsofedinburg00dibduoft, extracted Jun 2008.
  15. Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) "Scottish Border Life - A Series of Original Sketches" (Methuen & Co, London, 1897), from http://www.antiqubook.co.uk/boox/bkf/32102.shtml, extracted Jun 2008.
  16. Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) "The annals of the Edinburgh stage with an account of the rise and progress of dramatic writing in Scotland (1888)" by James C Dibdin, published by R Cameron (Edinburgh), from pg 358 http://ia350641.us.archive.org/3/items/…, extracted Jun 2008.

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