James Fairbairn *

(cir. Jan 1722 - Oct 1808)
FatherJohn Fairbairn **(m. Magdalen BO) (say 1685 - cir. 1721)
MotherMagdalen Bo (say 1685 - aft. 1722)
WebIntroWith an excellent genetic match (66/67) between John(F-17), descendant of John and Jessie (JOHNSTON), and Stewart(F-38), descendant of James & Isabel (TAIT), it would seem likely that the suspected family group for John & Magdalen (BO) FAIRBAIRN shown on the Summary Patriarchs page may well be reality.

In addition Stewart(F-38) has exact matches (67/67) with Robert F(F-34), and (F-42), and (F-42) a highly probable paper trail match with a GD2 genetic match to RJ(Bob) F-44.

Stewart (F-38)'s line of James and Isobel (TAIT) is believed to track back to John and Magdalen (BO) of Lidgatehead, Fanns in Earlston in the early 1700s.
RF(Bob)F-34 represents the line of the Alexander and Isabella (AITCHISON), so far only traced back to James and Agnes (LINDSAY) with children born Ednam in the 1780s;
(F-42) represents the line of John and Helen (ATCHESON) who married in Edinburgh,and were rebuked for so doing in Legerwood in 1771, children born Smailholm, then Earlston, possibly Mellerstain.

No immediately obvious link presents itself between these three, but if Alexander is a family name for Bob's line, perhaps there's a link with one of the Alexanders contemporary with the John of Stewart's line.
The Alexander married to Betsy NEWTON however is spoken for, as is his son James (married Agnes BRACK 1783 at Lauder).
Exploration of a possible AITCHISON link may bear some fruit for a connection between F-42's and Bob's lines, and with Alexander being a family name (for F-34), possibly there is a connection to one of the early Alexanders in Mellerstain, Earlston?
Birth(Details)James Fairbairn * was born cir. Jan 1722 Lidgatehead, Fanns, Par. of Earlston, Berwickshire, Scotland, (h/stone implies c. 1720.) 
MarriageHe married Elizabeth Purves 18 Nov 1754 Legerwood, Berwickshire, Scotland
DeathJames Fairbairn * died 25 Oct 1808 Hallyburton, Greenlaw, Berwickshire, Scotland
BurialHe was buried Earlston, Berwickshire, Scotland, H/stone #602: In memory of Elizabeth Purves spouse to James Fairbairn tenant in Hallyburren (sic) who died 10.3.1808 aged 75 and of the said James Fairbairn who died 25.10.1808 aged 88. 
Y-DNA DetailDescendant John(F-17) alone of lineage 1 has 389-2 = 30 (D), so this is assumed to represent the line from James and Elizabeth (PURVES), given that Stewart (F-38) is believed to descend from James' brother John (married Agnes GIBSON) and his markers only differ from the modal for Lineage 1 overall by CDYb = 39 (M.) 
WebLinkClick here to see further information on James and his/her family in the One Name Study. 
ChartsLineage 1 DNA Theoretical Overall Signature
Last Edited20 Nov 2011


Elizabeth Purves (1732 - 1808)
  • John Fairbairn *+ (cir. 1772 - Jul 1824); relationship now considered proven: both through the connection to Hallyburton, and through the FAIRBAIRN cousinships untangled from son John's obituary; Unlike the other contenders for John's parents, a Patrick and Margaret (Purves) (See Burkes Peerage), there is evidence that a couple by the name of James and Elizabeth (Purves) Fairbairn did exist