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  1. Fabulous web page.

    Researching the Fairbairn side of the family and have found our ancesters :)

    Thomas Fairbairn who married Agnes Lourie and their son..
    George Fairbairn who married Christian Bucklose and their son..
    John Fairbairn who married Helen Grieve and their son..
    David Fairbairn who married Janet Bald and their son..
    John Fairbairn who married Grizel Johnston and their son..
    Walter Fairbairn who married Elizabeth Wilson and their son..
    James Fairbairn who married Agnes Robertson and their son..
    Joseph Fairbairn who married Elizabeth Foster Walker and their son..
    James Fairbairn who married Margaret Paterson and their son James......my daughters' grandfather

    Absolutely delighted, many thanks

    EFW

    (Posted on 2017-05-14 21:29:00 by efw)
  2. Hi
    my mum is Isabella Fairbairn born in Eyemouth in 1928. her parents were Paul Fairbairn & Helen Wilson, Helen died in childbirth in 1928 having Isabella. She had 1 sister Catherine born 1924.
    They lived in St Abbs after Helen died the girls were seperated, Catherine 4 stayed in St Abbs with her grandparents and Isabella (known as Ella or Helen) who was only a few weeks old was sent to live in Linlithgow with her Aunt Janet (Pauls sister) & Uncle George Cockburn.
    The girls were not boruhgt up as sisters and only connected later in life much to their dismay and both say they shoudl not have been separated.
    Pauls parents were Paul Fairbairn b 18.3.1856 & Isabella Maltman they were married 28.3.1984.
    Im still in the process of trying to trace any further back

    my cousin Helen Hardwick daughter of Catherine still lives in the family home in St Abbs, My mum is 88 and stil lives in Edinburgh.

    Jacqui McCluskey (Perth Australia)

    (Posted on 2016-12-20 08:14:00 by mccluskey_1)
  3. Hi,
    I am the great great grandson of Agnes Fairbairn and Jasper Lawrie. Agnes was from Cowdrait, Burnmouth. He dates are 1831 to 1909 (not 1921 as many web sites say!). Interested in others.
    Thanks,

    Alan.

    (Posted on 2016-07-18 21:54:00 by Alan Lawrie)
  4. Hi
    Many thanks for sharing your careful research and fascinating photographs on such an excellent website. The stories of the north sea disaster of 1881 are haunting. A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to make a quick visit to Burnmouth, walking past all the cottages I'd seen on the census and hearing stories from a long-standing resident, who directed me to the interesting collection in the 'First and Last' pub at the top of the hill. Next time I return to Scotland I will make time to explore Eyemouth and Cove and so forth. Keep up the good work.
    Kind regards
    George

    (Posted on 2016-01-02 23:10:00 by George Hornby)
  5. http://mv.ancestry.ca/viewer/849c8f0b-4066-4db3-ab78-cd564e41d67c/42860014/28138307139

    This has Annie dob 1864

    (Posted on 2015-11-19 12:10:00 by Cathy Ferguson)
  6. Hi

    Hope you can help me

    Looking for the following info see if you know anything

    Annie Gray Fairbairn Born 1876 Scotland (?)

    Annie Died 10 March 1899 in Portage La Prairie Manitoba

    Married 16 Dec 1896 Annie Gray (on record)

    Robert Drysdale Stobie Born Dec 10 1862 Cleish Kinrosshire Scotland

    Robert Died 9 July 1943 Portage La Prairie Manitoba

    Robert's 2rd marriage with

    Christina Adamson Adie

    Born 03 Sep 1867 • Culross, Perthshire, Scotland

    Father Andrew Adie

    we have 3 questions

    Where did the Fairbairn come for Annie?

    Why did Robert go back to Europe alot?

    Thanks for your help in any way

    Cathy

    Family Researcher
    LDS Family Search Office
    Dartmouth
    Nova Scotia

    (Posted on 2015-11-19 05:20:00 by Cathy Ferguson)
  7. What a wonderful website you have set up here. I am connected to your Fairbairns through James and Jane. My great x2 grandfather was their son James b. 1847 who was one of the survivors of Black Friday. He married Alice Young. Their daughter Jessie Paterson Fairbairn (b. 1884) moved to Canada and married John Brown Williams and their daughter Alice was my grandmother. I'd be happy to exchange information with anyone interested in this branch of the family. I never met any of my grandmother's family and have always wondered if there are any distant cousins still in Cove or Cockburnspath today. Feel free to message me at tljhfamily@gmail.com :)

    (Posted on 2015-04-26 17:11:00 by Tara Hawkins)
  8. Regarding the Great Gale, as I always heard it referred to, my Great Grandfather, Archibald Thorburn was out on his boat, when one wave carried him off, washed back on board by the next, , lost his grip and by a miracle, washed off but washed back again.

    He was reported to have said to his wifye, Granny Jeannie Ritchie, "It wis'nae my time".

    The young couple had only one child then, a young daughter called Margaret. They went on to have ten children, and I am a grand daugher of the last to be born, William Thorburn, (Sailor Bill), Archibald Thorburn bought ground to be buried in at Inveresk Cemetary beside the monument erected to the crew of he 1881 Fisherrow Boat, the Alice of Bodon, that perished. . My GGG, John Thornburn lost his first wife in childbirth and he remarried . Elizabeth Langlands (Libby Landlands) who was related to Thomas and George Langlands who drowned on the Alice.
    Iris McMillan

    (Posted on 2014-06-28 16:36:00 by Iris McMillan)
  9. Very impressed with your web site. I was concerned that the information about the fishing families was being lost and 8 years ago, set up Crans, Creels and Tunes. and I go and speak to community groups, history societies, care homes and day centres But what I have seen has really inspired me to set up an online genealogy web site for the fishing families from the Fisherrow area . I have the info and the photos, just need the IT knowlege to build this.. My name is Iris McMillan, my mothers name was Jean Ritchie Thorburn, My gran was Crissie Watson and my great grandmother was Granny Jeannie Ritchie, a fishwife, who hailed from Fisherow and went wi the fish, selling it in the Barnon area of Edinburgh and that's my lineage back to 1851. But in fact I can go back to the early 1700's.
    Well done. Iris McMillan hughsweep@yyahoo.co.uk

    (Posted on 2014-06-28 16:00:00 by Iris McMillan)
  10. I never found the article as complete as this,nice job..

    (Posted on 2014-02-27 12:53:00 by Cara menyembuhkan kista miom)
  11. I am the 4th great grandson of William Affleck who was born on 26 Jan 1766 at Bilsdean.

    In 1807 William Affleck was in partnership with John Fairbairn. This partnership involved the purchase of a fishing boat for herring fishing and financed by Lady Helen Hall from the Dunglass Estate. Below is the account from Lady Helen Hall's Memo from 1807

    “That is to have a boat, as this family always used to have till it went to pieces some years ago. The bargain is that I pay the whole expence of the boat and keep her in repair rigging, sails, oars and anchors. The crew - viz 5 men give their time & labour & netts. The first expence of boat & mast is . I am not yet informed what the rigging etc. is. but I know it is nothing to be alarmed at as many are in the practice of risking the same and find profit in it every day.

    The crew is to be made up in their own two families.

    At the drave the earnings are divided into 6 parts, viz 1 to each of the crew - 1 to the proprietor. At the float drave (where nets are used, but not anchors & sails) the proprietor receives less only as 3 to 4 or as the fishermen say 15/ to me and 20/ to each of them.

    I would not have engaged in thus setting up the family boat again with strangers but these two men are of the most steady, and best characters in the place. One born at Cockburnspath - the other at Bilsdean where they have always lived without change of place. This boat is used for Herring only I believe. ”

    Lady Helen Hall
    Dunglass Estate

    From Charles - I consider this to be a fine testimonial to the character of these two men and their families.

    Further:
    William's sister Margaret Affleck, married Walter Fairbairn from Cockburnspath.

    William Affleck's second son George Affleck (my 4th great grandfather) married Elizabeth Fairbairn - (b. 21 Feb 1798 in Cockburnspath - d. 11 Jul 1850 in Cockburnspath) daughter of James Fairbairn and Helen Little. Elizabeth is buried in the Cockburnspath churchyard

    Our research has identified that this Affleck family came to Bilsdean from the fishing village of Findochty, Banffshire, sometime between 1763/65 In Banfshire our family surname was the traditional Orkney Island name of 'Flett'.

    The Old Parish Registers in East Lothian and Berwickshire have recorded the surname 'Fleck' from 1766 to 1800 and then 'Affleck' from that time onward. These surname varients have provided a considerble amount of genealogical confusion to those researching the Affleck family ancestry. This Flett ...to Fleck ... to Affleck transition has recently been confirmed through y-dna testing by ScotlandsDNA

    . Alexander Flett b. b. 17 Oct 1731 Findochty, Rathven, BAN, SCT m. Janet Mair d. 8 Oct 1805 Cockburnspath, Berwickshire, SCT
    -- William Fleck b. 26 Jan 1766 Oldhamstocks, ELN, SCT m. Margaret Shiel d 16 Feb 1823 Bilsdean, BEW, SCT
    ---- George Affleck b. 12 Apr 1791 Innerwick, ELN, SCT m. Elizabeth Fairbairn d. 24 Feb 1865 Waikouaiti, Otago, NZ
    -------- Andrew Affleck 20 Sept 1827 Bilsdean, Cockburnspath, BEW, SCT m Eliza Vallance d. 30 Oct 1912 Waikouaiti, Otago, NZ

    I would welcome any Fairbairn enquiries
    charles@affleckdna.com

    Charles B Affleck
    Invercargill
    New Zealand

    (Posted on 2014-02-15 08:32:00 by Charles B Affleck)
  12. hi clare
    i am doing my family tree and my aunt says we are related to the original settlers of grantshouse Ann Macintosh and Thomas grant..i am on the grant side of the family i have done all the ones from the eyemouth and coldingham area.. i am now trying to link the ones from grantshouse/co'path i have done ann & thomas kids and there grand kids but gotten stuck i have read the books grantshouse and the co'path book but gets confusing to put them all in order..i was wondering if you have done a full family tree to include the grants of the grantshouse/co'path..would love some help from other people and to get some insight..

    being from eyemouth i done most research from there..
    hope to hear from you soon

    (Posted on 2014-02-02 18:27:00 by michelle hogg nee frizzel)
  13. Hello Clare. I am in California. My mother was Francis Jean Fairbairn She was born in New Port Beach,Calif. In 1921. We may not be closly related, but no matter. I read with great intrest your history and ancestory. My Grandparents were born in Canada and then migrated into the United States. They were 2nd Cousins. You may check us out on Lorna Henderson's website as we have comunicated with her. Her Fairbairn surname project. I would love to hear from you when you have the time. I am Margaret C. Martin at Margaret.g.martin@gmail.com Thank you Maggie

    (Posted on 2013-09-02 18:36:00 by maggie46)
  14. If my chartsare correct I beleive your James married Jean Anderson ( Magdalene's sister) they had George who married Mary Laing who was Peter and Magdalene's daughter. I am Peter's gr. gr. gr. gr grandaughter. All very confusing since the first names from Co'Path and Cove seem to still being used.

    (Posted on 2013-07-18 16:22:00 by susan valent)
  15. Does Mary Agnes Fairbairn from Muirfield Dairy Innerwick by Dunbar feature at all in your research probably born around 1929

    (Posted on 2013-06-10 12:16:00 by Diana Land)
  16. If you have any information on my family tree, Anderson/Fairbairn/Davidson, please contact me at dbrradke@bmi.net Thanks so much

    (Posted on 2013-05-13 22:10:00 by Doug Radke)
  17. I am researching my family tree which goes back to Cockburnspath, Scotland. My great great grandfather, John Anderson was born in 1817. He married Margaret Davidson in 1838. I believe his parents were Thomas Anderson and Grace Fairbairn, but I have not been able to verify this for certain. My great grandfather's name was David Fairbairn Anderson (born 1849 in U.S.). I would love to connect with anyone who might have information about any of my relatives, especially Thomas Anderson and Grace Fairbairn from the Cocksburnpath area.

    (Posted on 2013-05-13 03:47:00 by Doug Radke)
  18. My ancestors include James Fairbairn who was the Schoolmaster in Penicuik during the 1720-1740 period. His sons include John[1738-1810] the well known Publisher/Bookseller in Edinburgh and another descendent was John Fairbairn the Head Gardener and Curator at the Chelsea Physic and Botanic Garden during 1780-1814.Other descendents include John Grey Fairbairn the School Teacher in Hampshire.

    (Posted on 2013-03-29 03:56:00 by richard greene)
  19. Hear is my email address for any body that knows the answer to my Q. It`s r.armstrong16@yahoo.com

    (Posted on 2013-02-04 20:02:00 by Robert Lee Armstrong)
  20. To anybody that mite know this answer please email me thanks! The Q is did the Fairbairn`s come from Israel in one of the 10 tribes of Israel. If so was they called Fairbairn then or did they have another name. Im a Armstrong but I still have the Fairbairn blood. For a foot note all Armstrong`s where Fairbairn`s b4 we where Armstrong`s we can`t forget about that. So to all my blood Fairbairn familys I say greetings to all. The king chanced our last name & I like it & ever thing about the Armstrong`s but he didn`t chance my Blood. I wont forget where i come from. Well you got to through a little Gilbow in there to thats my Mom`s Father`s side.

    (Posted on 2013-02-04 19:57:00 by Robert Lee Armstrong)
  21. Hi,
    I run the online website and Facebook Page of Cockburnspath Connect. This year, I am launching in replacement of 2 or 3 copath websites.
    I find these photos amazing! And seing how my house looked all the way back then! I would like to know whether I could get a copy of these photos? They would be really helpful in my project of cockburnspath connect and certain photos for the school, village hall etc. Thanks.

    (Posted on 2013-01-02 10:42:00 by Aaron Bolton)
  22. I am doing research on the East Coast main line and came across your photos of Cockburnspath station. Is it possible to get copies for a modelling projerct i am weorking on?

    (Posted on 2012-11-29 09:06:00 by Rev. Graham Crawford)
  23. Hi,

    Came upon your site while doing some research on the Eyemouth Disaster and my family connection; specifically, one Paul Fairbairn (born: 18/03/1856). He was among the few survivors of Black Friday from Eyemouth. In fact, if he hadn't survived, he wouldn't have married an Isabella Maltman about two and a half years later, and wouldn't have had a daughter, Janet who later gave birth to my dad!

    I do wonder what it must have been like for Paul Fairbairn (and, yes, I was named 'Paul' after him), especially within a small community that had lost so many men afterwards. Sadly, any suggestions of survival guilt are not recorded in the census.

    Thanks.

    (Posted on 2012-10-15 21:47:00 by Paul F Cockburn)
  24. Hi Clare,

    My wife and I met each other (1972) when our parants had caravans at Pease Bay. We got to know the Cove, Cockburnspath and the surrounding areas extremely well. I loved browsing your old photos. As youngsters we got to know a Billy Malcolm (his dad was the warden at Pease Bay) - his house was on the old A1 next to the garage and a Christine Bucket - her mum worked in the shop at Pease Bay. Both were from C'path. Sadly, I learnt that Billy died just a few years ago. We were back at Pease Bay in April this year (2012) for a few days to celebrate our 40 years of knowing each other - great memories. Regards Forbes

    (Posted on 2012-07-11 12:46:00 by Forbes Wilson)
  25. Hi Terry,
    I'm seeing my Mum (Carol) tomorrow, I'll mention your email. I have a photo of your Gran. Could you send your email address to clarey1974@hotmail.com. I don't see to get the email addresses of people that post of here anymore.
    Thanks
    Clare

    (Posted on 2012-06-08 22:31:00 by clare)
  26. Hi Carol, I've been looking at your website with great interest. I know your emphasis is mainly on the Fairbairn side of your family but my mam stems from the Turner side. Her mam and dad were Joan (nee Turner) and Jimmy Steele. I guess that makes you her cousin. Some great pictures of William Turner and I guess my gran Joan although I wasn't exactly sure which one she was?

    Regards,
    Terry

    (Posted on 2012-06-07 10:59:00 by Terry Mercy)
  27. Hi Ann,

    Re your posting below.

    Barbara Hogg Muir was my 4th cousin 3x removed. I have quite a bit of info on this branch of the family. I have Alice married to a William and she lived in Australia but have no more info on her life in Australia, i.e. children.

    Would be great to hear from you

    Regards - Terri

    Ann Landels 2011.11.22 23:33
    My gt gt aunt was Barbara Hogg Muir 1875 - 1936. She married James Fairbairn b 1876. They had 7 children - Janet Simpson Fairbairn, James Fairbairn, Thomas Muir Fairbairn, Isabella Fairbairn, George Fairbairn, Alice Fairbairn & William Fairbairn. My mother used to holiday in Cove with the Fairbairns. The only one I ever knew was Alice, who I met in Geelong, Australia where she died around 1971.

    (Posted on 2012-04-08 21:00:00 by Terri Nicholl)
  28. My gt gt aunt was Barbara Hogg Muir 1875 - 1936. She married James Fairbairn b 1876. They had 7 children - Janet Simpson Fairbairn, James Fairbairn, Thomas Muir Fairbairn, Isabella Fairbairn, George Fairbairn, Alice Fairbairn & William Fairbairn. My mother used to holiday in Cove with the Fairbairns. The only one I ever knew was Alice, who I met in Geelong, Australia where she died around 1971.

    (Posted on 2011-11-22 23:33:00 by Ann Landels)
  29. I note with great interest a Mary Freeman post on 2011.3.16 23:50
    I am a New Zealand descendant of George Affleck and Grizel Fairbairn - Andrew Affleck (m. Elsia Vallance) - Charles Vallance Affleck - Harold Chrales Affleck - Charles Woods Affleck - Myself (Brent).
    I would like to find out more of my Scottish heritage. I note Mary Freeman is interested in further information.
    Could she or any one who may know her please contact me by e-mail c.b.affleck@gmail.com

    Many Thanks
    C. Brent Affleck
    InvercargillSouthland
    New Zealand

    (Posted on 2011-11-21 02:21:00 by Charles Brent Affleck)
  30. sorry, I meant for Kathleen, not Katherine , Genet

    (Posted on 2011-11-21 01:51:00 by LornaHen)
  31. For Katherine GENET - the LANDELS/FAIRBAIRN connection:
    Katherine, assuming that there is only one LANDELS/FAIRBAIRN connection, you may be interested in this lineage in the FAIRBAIRN One Name Study pages
    http://fairbairn.lornahen.com/lineages/dcfairbairnjohnatchesonhelen.htm
    Regards
    Lorna (also in NZ)

    (Posted on 2011-11-21 01:39:00 by LornaHen)
  32. Clare
    What a great website - interesting family history and wonderful photos. My parents retired to Co'path more than 15 years ago (still incomers!) and Bessie Fairbairn (daughter of Peter, I think) was a great friend.
    Elma

    (Posted on 2011-11-04 20:13:00 by Elma)
  33. Hi Clare
    we are featuring the Fairbairn Family in this month's (November) issue of the Scots Magazine, in our Roots and Branches pages. Would appreciate a call if you have time. I'm on 01382 575272. We'd like to include details of your research if possible.
    Best
    Garry

    (Posted on 2011-10-04 09:28:00 by GARRY FRASER)
  34. Hey, Clare,

    I really like your site. It is quite helpful in running down my mother's side of the family (she was Margaret Crow Fairbairn daughter of James Fairbairn and Christina Wood). James was the son of Margaret Crow and John Shaw Fairbairn who was lost at sea on Black Friday.

    My mother had siblings named:

    John
    George
    Edward
    Janet
    Thomas

    They emigrated to America and settled in Evanston, IL.
    I was born in December 1949 the oldest of Peggy Fairbairn Wright's 3 kids. I currently reside in Chapel Hill, NC, and am really interest in researching the Fairbairns. Thanks so much for all the info your site provides. Peace,

    Scott Wright

    (Posted on 2011-09-30 15:31:00 by Scott Wright)
  35. My mother's name is Margaret Elizabeth Fairbairn. Her grandparents left the borders area to go to the US in the 1880's. Their family were coal miners although some were also sailors. I need to get out the pedigrees to see if there is any direct relationship to the Faibairns on your site. So many Roberts, Thomas', and James in the area. We are doing some DNA research which should be interesting.

    (Posted on 2011-09-15 20:44:00 by Mary Fowler Swanson)
  36. Intereresting articles, thank you. I am descended from a David Dougal of Eyemouth who drowned in the 1828 fishing disaster. His wife, Jane Gillie was pregnant with my ancestor, Georgina Dougal. It is always fascinating to hear stories about Eyemouth.

    (Posted on 2011-09-14 19:25:00 by Julie Hewitt)
  37. Greetings Clare

    You have a very interesting site. I wandered onto it in the hope that I would see a familiar name in your family tree. I am researching my family and was hoping to find a reference to the Landels Family as I believe there is a connection between the Landels family in my tree and the Fairbairn family. The Landels were from Roxburghshire. I live in New Zealand so if you know of such a connection I would be very pleased to hear from you. Good wishes to you, keep up your good work.

    (Posted on 2011-09-11 01:56:00 by Kathleen Genet)
  38. Please send photos of Fairbairns Dunbar, The lifeboat men, thanks I am related to Christeen Fairbairn through Glass Adam.Ian

    (Posted on 2011-07-29 12:11:00 by I R Dendy)
  39. Hi Andrew,
    Thanks for your message. My dad remembers you and your dad. If you want to send your email address to me at clarey1974@hotmail.com, I can forward the photos onto you. Thanks

    (Posted on 2011-06-18 22:28:00 by Clare)
  40. Hi Clare, I'm no relation but grew up in CoPath in the early 60's - going to school with Sandra. I am the youngest son of Bill Hope the village bobby through the 60's and was always very keen on trains. I'm a long way away from CoPath now (Cambridgeshire) I really enjoyed looking at the older photo's that you have posted especially the Cove shop -Frances and Ann were always very kind to our family. Also the picture of the new police station that our family would be the first to inhabit under construction. I am still very interested in trains and have started planning a model of CoPath station -is there any chance of getting a copy of the Station Photo's that you posted they would be great for my research. Thanks again, your site brought back many very happy memories, best regards Andrew Hope

    (Posted on 2011-06-17 11:05:00 by Andrew Hope)
  41. What a wonderful site, I so enjoyed your pictures, my ancestors are Patersons and Chishoms my 4th Gr Grandfather Robert Pat/terson was born12 Jan 1779 in Cockburnspath, Berwick, Scotland he married Helen White and they had my gr. grandmother Elizabeth"Betty" Paterson she married Thomas Chisholm in Dunse, 21 Dec 1821.

    Cheers,
    Janice
    from Victoria BC Canada

    (Posted on 2011-05-01 19:52:00 by Janice Brown)
  42. Hi Clare,

    Thank you for a super site. I am linked to you via Grizel and John from 1760s. Their son Alexander married Janet Walton and had 8 or possibly 9 children that I know of, the last 4 being born in England, 2 in Middlesborough and 2 in Hartlepool. The Hartlepool Mary Ann of 1889 married a Robert Rochester and there began a long line of Robert Rochesters including my "Granda Bob" and my uncle Robbie, who is still alive and very much the life and soul of any party. They are in Sunderland. I spend half my life in Manchester (where my 2 children were born) and the other half in Buckie ( I have Scotland in my blood).

    Keep up the good work. Thank you again, Bev

    (Posted on 2011-04-29 22:34:00 by bev kirk)
  43. Mornin'
    I'm working on a major retirement project to record the history of our fishing industry focusing on the boats and the families who owned and operated them. The info is being loaded onto my website www.fishingboatheritage.com
    I've just loaded some info I had about the Eyemouth area boats in 1889. There's an affa' lot of Fairbairns listed.
    I will be doing more detailed work on your area in due course because I hold or can access info on boats from virtually anywhere on the Coast. Please have a look at my site and tell me what you think.
    Douglas

    (Posted on 2011-04-21 06:49:00 by Douglas Paterson)
  44. Hi Clare,
    I have just stumbled upon your website and as i am trying to trace where my grandmother was born. She was married to Thomas Hillerton and are both buried at Melrose cemetery at the foot of the Eildons.She was born in 1862 and died ithe 28th may 1945.

    I do not have any record of her birthplace or familey connections my fathers name was John George Fairbairn-Hillerton I do know my father was born outside of wedlock and wondered if he retained the name Fairbairn Hillerton because his mother never married. Can youhelp.

    Regards Ian Hillerton.

    I do have quite a large family tree and if there is a connection would be willing to let you have all the details.

    (Posted on 2011-03-27 12:47:00 by ian hillerton)
  45. Hi Janet,
    It would seem we are connected through Paul and Julia Fairbairn. I have Joan marrying a William Bolton on 25 April 1884 at Cove, Co'Path. William's parents were Thomas Bolton and Louise Calner? on William's marriage certificate. Does this match up? I don't have any other information at the moment but am due to go into Edinburgh to do some research in a couple of weeks. I will do some checking when I go in and can get back to you or if you want me to check anything in particular just let me know on here or through my email clarey1974@hotmail.com.
    Thanks
    Clare

    (Posted on 2011-03-16 21:52:00 by Clare)
  46. Grizel Fairbairn married George Affleck 3 July 1814 at Oldhamstocks.
    Grizel was born 2 Jan 1799 to James Fairbairn and Margaret Watson at Innerwick
    George Affleck was born 17 April 1791 at Innerwick. His parents were William Affleck and Margaret Shiel.
    Grizel and George had 4 children while living at Oldhamstocks
    Twin boys William and James born Jan 1815, helen born 1820 (married James Duncan 1849) and Andrew born 1827 (married Elizabeth Vallance 1850)
    Grizel died 1850.
    1858 Andrew,Eliza and their 5 children emigrated to New Zealand,.5 more were born in New Zealand
    Helen and James Duncan followed in1859 4 kids and more born in New Zealand. Georgefollowed in 1860.
    it was a very hard start for the family. Being good Scots they worked very hard and made a wonderful life for their large brood . the families florished and have left a real mark on the developement of New Zealand.
    I am really intreested in these families, can anyone add to my story

    mary freeman

    (Posted on 2011-03-16 10:50:00 by Mary Freeman)
  47. Grizel Fairbairn married George Affleck 3 July 1814 at Oldhamstocks.
    Grizel was born 2 Jan 1799 to James Fairbairn and Margaret Watson at Innerwick
    George Affleck was born 17 April 1791 at Innerwick. His parents were William Affleck and Margaret Shiel.
    Grizel and George had 4 children while living at Oldhamstocks
    Twin boys William and James born Jan 1815, helen born 1820 (married James Duncan 1849) and Andrew born 1827 (married Elizabeth Vallance 1850)
    Grizel died 1850.
    1858 Andrew,Eliza and their 5 children emigrated to New Zealand,.5 more were born in New Zealand
    Helen and James Duncan followed in1859 4 kids and more born in New Zealand. Georgefollowed in 1860.
    it was a very hard start for the family. Being good Scots they worked very hard and made a wonderful life for their large brood . the families florished and have left a real mark on the developement of New Zealand.
    I am really intreested in these families, can anyone add to my story

    mary freeman

    (Posted on 2011-03-16 10:50:00 by Mary Freeman)
  48. Hello there,

    I am really enjoying the information you have on your website, and I am hoping it will help me with my family research. It looks like we fit into the Paul & Julia family tree somewhere so any info you may have that will help me would really be appreciated.

    My mother's name was Julia Bolton Fairbairn. Her father was John Fairbairn (blacksmith) who lived in Broxburn and died 19 January 1954 aged 62. His father was Alexander Fairbairn (fisherman) and his mother was Jane Fairbairn (maiden name Fairbairn too). My mum had 1 brother also Alexander, and a sister Lucy, Ena, & Joey (maybe Josephine). We have no information at this time to research these folks any further back.

    On my mother's side then her parents were John Fairbairn who seemed to live in Kingscavil outside Linlithgow at the time of his wedding when he marrie Jean Fairbairn Bolton. They married Dec 31 19191 in Cockburnspath.
    It suggests Jean lived in a cottage at Cockburnspath, and it is difficult to read the name but it seems like Braeside Cottage or similar.

    Jean's parents were William Andrew Bolton a slater, and Joan Bolton (maiden name Fairbairn).

    John's parents were Alexander Fairbairn Lieutenant in the Royal Navy at that time & Jean Johnston Fairbairn.

    Looking at records it seems that Joan Bolton was the daughter of Paul Fairbairn & Julia Paterson listed in your family tree.

    Just wondered if you had any other info on this to confirm the details, or indeed any of the other folks listed above?

    Many thanks in advance for any information.
    Janet

    (Posted on 2011-03-14 20:05:00 by Janet Robertson)

  49. Hullo Claire,

    What a brilliant site. Sadly none of my ancestors are upon it. However, yours seem to have been in the same area's as mine about the same time. Aitchisons, greenlaws, dicksons, rentons, glasgows and Jenkinsons.

    I enjoyed looking at the old pictures of the area's and seeing real folk in them made it all the more interesting.

    I have spent years rejuvenating old family headstones all over Berwickshire and east lothian. I get a thrill out of saving a stone from destruction by the elements and time..

    Great work, keep it up

    B W Aitchison

    Midlothian, Scotland

    (Posted on 2011-02-24 22:52:00 by Brian W Aitchison)
  50. Hi Clare
    Your website is really, really interesting.
    I am a Fairbairn, and all my Scottish family live in Fife. My dad left during National Service in the RAF and met my mum in England - but most of my Fairbairn relatives still live in Scotland, and mostly in Fife.
    I cannot spot a connection at the moment, as I know very little of my Fairbairn history. My Grandfather, Harry Fairbairn, was brought up with a different name and only discovered his dad was called Fairbairn when he got married. He is from a long (and continuing) line of Harry Fairbairns, and his father (my great-grandfather) was a Merchant Seaman. My Aunt in Perthshire has done some research - but it isn't easy as being at sea Harry snr doesn't appear on the Scottish Census records. If you have any information I'd love to know. Best wishes

    (Posted on 2010-10-26 19:16:00 by Fiona Thomas nee Fairbairn)
  51. Hi Clare
    FIrst of all -- congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter. I was just glancing through the comments on your site and noticed an entry in May by Cindy Crawford in Nebraska, stating she is a descendant of George Crow Fairbairn. I am wondering if you could forward this note to Cindy so we can connect. I am also a descendant of George Crow Fairbairn and Chrisiana Maddock Putt. George and Christiana had five children, the last being my father, George (now deceased). The other four children were Elizabeth, James, John and Margaret. I am assuming Cindy would be the descendant of one of the latter three and would really love to find out more about them as I have had no contact with any of my father's siblings or their children other than my father's sister Betty (Elizabeth), also deceased.

    Thanks in advance and best wishes,
    Bill Fairbairn
    Canada
    bilito@cogeco.ca

    (Posted on 2010-10-03 12:30:00 by Bill Fairbairn (Canada))
  52. Hi Drew,
    Thanks for your message. I was going to email you back but there is a wee problem with the site at the minute in that it won't show me your email address. Would you be able to send it to me at clarey1974@hotmail.com? If you speak to Anne you can tell her that my Dad is Frank Richardson. She would know him and his brothers Allan (Cook) and Ian. She would have known my Granny and Grandad as well, Rene and Eck.
    Unfortunately I have no other photos of the houses at Cove but my Dad gave me an album at the weekend with some more photos in it which I have put on. I am envious of you living in such a nice place. Hope to hear from you. Clare

    (Posted on 2010-09-28 17:32:00 by Clare)
  53. Hello
    Cracking little website - I live with my wife Dee in Lonster Pot Cottage opposite Anne Fairburn's old shop in Cove and we are good friends with Anne herself who still lives in Cove behind our cottage. We are going to show her your website and the old photo's of Cove and Co'path as I'm sure it will bring back lots of memories for her.

    Anne is doing great and regularly tells stories from her 70 odd years living in the village. She has often talked of her father Alf and his mink farm which used to be situated along the cliff. She will no doubt be fascinated by this.

    I don't suppose you have any more old photo's of Cove shop which may well have our little cottage hiding in the background?!

    Thanks
    Drew, Dee and no doubt 'Wee Anne'!

    (Posted on 2010-09-23 13:04:00 by Drew Metcalfe)
  54. hello clare,
    I just saw your website and i would love to learn more on my family history.
    If you could please send me a email i would really appreciate it.
    Thanks, E
    xoemiexo@hotmail.com

    (Posted on 2010-08-13 02:12:00 by E fairbairn)
  55. Thanks to everyone for their lovely messages and compliments on the site. It is nice to know that people appreciate the work I have put into it. I must apologise for not replying to recent posts but I have been very busy with a new baby. Hopefully now that things have settled down I will be able to devote more time to the site. Thanks again. Clare x

    (Posted on 2010-06-06 21:52:00 by Clare)
  56. Congratulations on a very well-done website. It contains lots of good information, links and the photos are amazing (both the old and the new)! I'm looking forward to reading more on your website and doing some family research of my own. Cheers! Christopher

    (Posted on 2010-05-26 12:29:00 by Christopher Fairbairn)
  57. Hello I have just come across your site. My Father now deceased (1988) was Ian Fairbairn, his father was George Fairbairn who was born in Cove (in the cottages at the top of the cliff before you get the the cave). Unfortunately I know very little about the family, the only relatives I met of my gradnfather was his sister Liza and his brother Peter, by then they were living in Edinburgh, both died late 60's early 70's. Peter had one daughter called Betty who lived in Bread Street, Edinburgh. I know there were other siblings, but not sure how many. Do they have any links to your Fairbairns? I now live in Cambridge, very few Fairbairns here!

    (Posted on 2010-05-13 14:05:00 by Lorna Fairbairn)
  58. Decendent of the George Crow family. This is a very impressive site and the research information was excellent. Well done. Cee from Crawford, Nebraska, USA

    (Posted on 2010-05-04 08:22:00 by Cindy Crawford)
  59. Clare,

    Great job with your site, keep it going! My great,great, grandfather was Thomas Fairbairn born in 1848 and skipper of the Pilgrim in the 1881 disaster. His brothers David, John and Alexander all perished aboard the Radiant - it's a fascinating story that has been passed down through the genrations and it's good to see it still alive on the web. There are some good trees taking shape on Ancestry etc that support your findings - your photos really capture the era.

    Mark

    (Posted on 2010-03-27 09:06:00 by Mark Fairbairn)
  60. Hi i just wanted to say that i came across ur website and its really interesting. My Father is Earl Kenneth Fairbairn, and his parents came from foggoshire Scottland. I have seen many pictures of scottland, but i always wanted to go there to see it in person..Who knows i might come across and meet some new relatives there lol....Keep up ur site!

    (Posted on 2010-03-26 12:03:00 by Tammy-Lynn Fairbairn)
  61. Well I must say , I found your site and I find the photos and all the links are a great treat for me , but giving way to many questions for me . My great grandfather came over to the states in the 1840s {john Fairbairn} who married a Elizabeth Miller from scottland a year after he got to the states . I was always told that the Fairbairns were a boder clan , and my question is does any body know just where the Fairbairns started ,is their one town where we can trace our family to?? It seems odd to me if our clan came from fishing town's in Scottland that they would come to the U.S. and move right into the mountians and start farming ???? always looking for any info on the Fairbairns Thank you so much Michael Fairbairn

    (Posted on 2010-02-11 17:55:00 by michealscottsman)
  62. Clare
    Came across your website when looking for an image of the Ariel Gazelle which made it back to harbour after the Eyemouth Disaster. I was born and brought up in Eyemouth and my grandfather was Thomas Fairbairn - known as' Tam Heavyweight' but pronounced hevvywight in the Eyemouth fashion. Doubt if it still happens but there was always a tradition in Eyemouth of nicknames being given to the men. Not sure of the connections (would need to ask Mum) but the Fairbairns on the Ariel Gazelle were relatives of mine. Well done for pulling all of this information together.

    (Posted on 2010-01-16 17:04:00 by Fran McCulloch)
  63. This is a beautiful website. I have come across it in searching for information on the Lindores family from Cocksburnpath and (even though I didn;t find anything about them...) it has given a wonderful perspective on this part of the world for someone that has never been. Thank you

    (Posted on 2010-01-02 05:24:00 by Victoria Lindores)
  64. On looking for the above name in Google, a link lead me to the Fairburn website. Could you let me know the link to Priscilla Ann Dakin, please. Many thanks. Magmd

    (Posted on 2009-12-15 20:39:00 by magmd)
  65. Hi Claire,

    Congratulations on your site, it has obviously stirred memories in quite a few people who have connections with the area.

    My father, William Fairbairn, who worked and lived in Edinburgh, bought the house opposite the cove shop in about 1951 when I was about 8 and previously to that we had spent our holidays at the cove staying with Colin and Bel Fairbairn (brother and sister) who lived in the house next door. When I left school, I came to live at the cove and fished from there for quite a few years, along side Adie (Adam) Gray and his brother Tom. It is possible that I was the last Fairbairn to fish from the Cove. I knew Francis and Anne in the shop very well and their mother (Tina?) and Alf who later had the mink farm.

    I have several old photos of the cove and some people from those days, and I would love to hear from anybody that was there around that time. You can email me at kennyfairbairn@gmail.com

    (Posted on 2009-09-29 16:12:00 by Kenneth Fairbairn)
  66. Hi,

    I am indeed a fairbairn and my grandfather was the son of William Fairbairn. Sadly he passed on Sunday and was interested learning more about my family. I already know that the Grassmarket mission in Edinburgh was set up by my great grandfather and that Mansfield College, Oxford was founded by one of my great great-grandfathers.

    Also, tachnically. If you trace the roots of the family then people within the Fairbairn clan are related to Neil Armstrong. I think my mother has a full family tree at home (its massive! Literally a few metres wide).

    (Posted on 2009-08-18 10:27:00 by John Raphael Fairbairn Barnes)
  67. I came across your site while looking for Laing relatives. George Fairbain married my Mother's gr.gr.?Aunt mary.
    I am researching the Laing's of Co'Path. My Grandfather was born in Hawthorne Cottage.I believe it was Aunt Teeny that had the sweet shop. My mother is Daphne Laing daughter of Thomas Laing.
    I think you have done a great job putting together this site.
    Susan Valent
    N.J
    U.S.A

    (Posted on 2009-08-17 18:20:00 by susanv)
  68. i am a relative off the late fairbairn family of the cove cockburnspath. my father robert fairbairn was born at the cove along with his brothers and sisters. my grandfather was a fisherman and my granmother was called marion who died in edinburgh when she was 35 years of age of cancer .i am very interested about my late fathers family and it would be wounderful to hear if any one knows anything about our late family

    (Posted on 2009-08-07 11:33:00 by marion mcdonald)
  69. While researching my Fairbairn line I have come across your site. I have the line back to a Francis who married Isabel (Newton) Innerwick at Earlston, Berwickshire in 1785. I'm not sure now close that is to Cockburnspath or Eyemouth but if you or any of your guests are able to help with further ancestral history of my Fairbairns that would be appreciated. Francis and Isabel had three children at Earlston before moving to Maxton, Roxburghshire where another three were born. Thanks for enabling me to contribute to your site. John Qld Aust

    (Posted on 2009-07-29 07:35:00 by dudgeon)
  70. Greetings from New Zealand ...

    I am helping my stepfather, John (Jock) Rae Fairbairn, to trace his family tree, and I have discovered his grandfather, Peter Fairbairn, aged 2 months, on the 1861 Eyemouth census on your site, so thanks so much! From this we find his great grandparents were James (born Cove) and Agnes (born Eyemouth) Fairbairn.

    Peter and Jock farmed at Totara Valley, Pleasant Point, South Canterbury, New Zealand, and Peter passed away a few years ago now. Jock has just turned 80 and is keen to find any further information regarding his ancestors.

    I visited Eyemouth in 1995 so he has mementos and photographs of this beautiful part of the world.

    I am happy to do any New Zealand research and have great links to gravesites and archives.

    Carol Burton, Christchurch, New Zealand

    (Posted on 2009-05-28 03:18:00 by Carol Burton)
  71. Dear clare

    I have absolutely no connection with your family but I am fascinated by your tree and your website. I have been looking for a simple page to do a tree and they all have so much stuff on them. Yours is just what I want. Did you or someone build it for you specially?
    Hannah

    (Posted on 2009-03-17 15:37:00 by Hannah Bradshaw)
  72. Dear Clare
    I just came across your wonderful website and thank you for puttiong it together. The accounts of the Eyemouth disaster were especially moving. (I just orederd "Children of the Sea" to gert more information. I have been doing research off and on for about 8 years now about the Fairbairns.

    My father, George (b. 1909; d. 1992) was the son of George Crow Fairbairn (b. 1874; d. 1911) and Christianna Maddock Putt (b. 1874; d. 1954). His grandfather was John Shaw Fairbairn (b. 1850 and died in the Eyemouth disaster). Before that came James Fairbairn (b. 1822; d 1870) married to Janet Paterson; James Fairbairn (b. 1793; d. 1875) married to JAne Anderson; and John Fairbairn (b. 1758) and married to Grizel Johnston. As youi know, they were all from the area in and around Cockburnspath, Scotland.

    I would be delighted to share research with others and wish you all the best.

    Bill Fairbairn
    CANADA
    bilito@cogeco.ca

    (Posted on 2009-03-08 16:03:00 by Bill Fairbairn (Canada))
  73. Hi Clare,
    Wonderful site, I've put a link to it on the supplementary pages to the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project (http://dnasurnames.info/p5.htm)
    My FAIRBAIRNs are the farming lot further south/inland, but every so often I wonder if there's any connection between the farming and fishing FAIRBAIRNs.
    Should you have any male FAIRBAIRN surnamed descendants of your John and Grizel (JOHNSTONE) FAIRBAIRN who may be interested in testing this out, send them along to the dna project.
    Usually "your" lot seemed to not venture inland much, so I was rather surprised to find one family of them right next door to one of my lot in Melrose, disguised as a butcher instead of a fisherman. Thought I'd found a new Walter for my lot, but no, he turned out to be the son of the "cousins" Alexander and Elizabeth (FAIRBAIRN) FAIRBAIRN instead.
    All the best, and keep up the good work
    Lorna
    http://familytree.lornahen.com/spFAIRBAIRN.htm

    (Posted on 2009-03-08 04:47:00 by LornaHen)
  74. Hello and may I congratulate you on this wonderful website.

    My Grandmother was Mary Fairbairn (later McNamara) and she was born and lived in Cove. Her sister was Lena. I think there was another sister, Daisy. Mary and Lena (Eldridge) lived in Edinburgh and Lena had a son, Brian, who had muscular dystrophy and died in his early 20s in the early 1960s. Lena also developed muscular dystophy in later life. Mary, Lena and Daisy must have been born in the early 1900s. Mary had one child, my father, James, now deceased. I know nothing about Daisy.

    I remember visiting Cove and Co'Path when I was about 10 on my last visit to Scotland prior to my parents' divorce (I'm in my early 40s now). Thanks to this amazing website, I'm now able to read all about Black Friday and I'm trying to get in touch with anyone who might know more about my side of the family.

    (Posted on 2009-02-27 20:50:00 by jm)
  75. Hi Clare, At this moment I do not have my family history available. My sister ,Anne, will add it as she has been digging into the family tree.
    The old pictures that your dad took have brought back fond memories of many trips doon callander place on the bogie, sometimes several bogies hitched together. I can remember one night starting right at the top of the street with a team of bogies and no lookout at the school corner and as we approached the corner "Hopie" the local bobby was at the corner ,so Cook had to take the "back road to Pathead", needles to say, as he swerved to avoid Hopie, the last bogie didnt make it through the gate and poor Robert Fairley got nabbed, the rest o us scattered.
    As for the picture of "Matilda", i can remember one saturday we were going for a spin and she wouldnt start. Between Alan and Frank they managed to find the problem was a dodgy fuel pump. The only way to keep her running was for someone to keep tapping the fuel pump with a heavy screwdriver. we needed to go to Tom Watt's, the local scrappie ( 4 miles away) so Frank sat with his feet inside the engine compartment with his bum on the bonnet tapping the fuel pump all the way there. She was a great old lady and i think that the Richardsons still hold the worl record for getting 11 guys into her at the one time. Ah, the good old days.
    You have made a great web page and i was delighted to see some old pictures of the area.
    I used to take a lot of pictures along wth Frank, he used to call me Instamatic Inuse.
    Give him, Alan and Ian my best regards.

    (Posted on 2009-01-23 21:55:00 by innesfairbairn)
  76. Hi Clare.

    Nothing here to do with your family tree but.........

    Regarding the photo entitled 'Looking along Callander Place' I'd like to let you know that I now live in 7 Callander Place. I remember when your Gran used to play the organ in the local church and I used to stop and chat to your grandfather when he went to the local shop to pick up his paper.
    I know Alan (or 'Cook' as he was known around here) and Frank.I have spoken to Ian on the phone but dont know if I have met him. Frank told me how he climbed through the attic window and up onto the roof to take the picture. In fact it was Frank who e-mailed the picture to me. The guy who owned the car in the photograph still lives in the village but in a different house.
    The picture of the boys on the buggy going round the school corner is interesting as I am very good friends with Davie Darling. We've been on holiday with his family to France every year for the past 8 years and we are going again this year. Davie and his family live in Dechmont, Livingstone. Davie and myself are keen motorbikers and are often out for a trip together.
    We moved into 7 Callander Place just after Eck and Reenie (Excuse spelling) passed away which must be 18 years ago now. We have actually done very little to the house but the next couple of years will hopefully see full central heating put in and possibly some walls knocked down. We still have the coal fire at the moment.
    When we moved in and stripped the wall paper off, we found the names of Alan and Frank written on them.

    Please pass on my regards to Alan, Frank and Ian, and let them know I sent this in.

    Feel free to send an e-mail.

    David.

    (Posted on 2009-01-19 21:44:00 by David Brading 19-01-2009)
  77. Hi there
    I too am decended from the Fairbairns of Cove. My Grandfather was Alexander Fairbairn.
    He moved to Hull after marrying Gladys Jopling from Darlington. I am not sure of any dates. They had four sons, Alec, John, Barrie(my father. His birthday was 16 Aug 1926), and Adrian. They also had two daughters Zena and Jane. When I get more than 24hours in a day I may have time to do some more research into them all. Thought I would just add my 10 pennorth in case it helps anybody tie anything up. I do understand we lost relations through a fishing related accident.

    (Posted on 2009-01-04 19:41:00 by jackie21)
  78. Hi, I was born in Edinburgh in 1949, with 2 brothers and 2 sisters, my family hail from the borders and Midlothian, I have researched the background and we are part of the Armstrong border clan.
    i now live in the Grampian area with my wife and 2 adult children with thier children.

    I am starting to lookj i nto my family history and we may find a connection.

    regards

    Ian

    (Posted on 2008-11-11 20:24:00 by Ian Fairbairn)
  79. Hi Clare, I live in Perth Western Australia, It seems we are related too as I am Dorothy Nelson's neice. I only found my birth family in 2002 so this is all new to me & quite exciting. My husband & I went with Auntie Dot & her daughter to Cove, Cockburnspath, Eyemouth and St Mary's Church (where a lady showed us the Baptismal record book ) in September just past. Cove is so beautiful, it was such a calm day that it is quite impossible to imagine the terrible happening of Black Friday. The sea must crach up over those little cottages at the foot of the cliff. Love what you have done as you have gone back a bit further than we had, but I have since found that Agnes Lourie was the daughter of George Lourie 1601 of Innerwick,Haddingtonshire,Scotland, cannot find a mothers name yet. Thanks for all your work, keep it up. Best wishes,Doreen Field

    (Posted on 2008-10-21 07:36:00 by Doreen Field)
  80. Have been looking at your family tree and my 3 x great grandmother is Magdalen Hall Anderson, sister of Jane(Jessie) who married your James Fairbairn.

    I have visited Cove, Cockburnspath and the rest many times and love it!

    I still have relations in the area.

    If you would like to see my tree please let me know.

    Regards Mike

    (Posted on 2008-10-20 13:12:00 by Michael Wilkins)
  81. my daughter & I have visited Cove many times, your photography and portrayal of this unique place is FABULOUS!!. I believe my gt.gt.gt.grandparents to be John Fairbairn & Grizel Johnstone, my gt.gt. to be David Fairbairn & Alison Anderson, - my gt. is Paul whom I believe to be the 4th.son-(wife Barbara) -his son John was my grandfather --My father was James Robert. We were really excited to find your website.

    (Posted on 2008-10-13 15:53:00 by Dorothy Nelson -(nee Fairbairn) born 23-3-1921)
  82. Hi
    I have just found your website through a link I was given. What a fantastic job and very organised.
    I too have ancesters who come from this area of Cockburnpath and a couple of people on your family tree link to mine, although I have not researched into them properly yet.
    My Dad is Thomas Fairbairn whose father was Alexander from Seaham Harbour. He
    moved with his father James from this area (I think)
    Keep up the good work.
    Best Regards
    Julie Chakravarty nee Fairbairn

    (Posted on 2008-08-31 18:36:00 by Julie Chakravarty nee Fairbairn)
  83. I am a descendant of the Fairbairn's of Berwick. I found you during my search! Hello!

    (Posted on 2008-08-05 19:36:00 by Marie)
  84. Hi, I am currently involved in helping to raise funds to place memorials along the East Coast to the fishermen and their families lost on Black Fiday, 14th October1881, memorials will be placed at Burnmouth, Eyemouth, St Abbs & Cove. The Fairbairn family all along the coast lost many of its men.

    (Posted on 2008-07-02 21:07:00 by Betty Gray)
  85. Hi all,
    I am currently putting together a website about the men from Cockburnspath who fought in the First World War. Hopefully this will be finished soon, but still need to find anyone who can get copies of their fathe/grandfather etc who served during the war.
    Especially interested to speak to Geogina Nee Renwick as i need to find out more about the Fairbairns. I too am from the Cockburnspath area
    regards
    Douglas Steel
    douglassteel75@hotmail.com

    (Posted on 2008-05-04 19:30:00 by Douglas Steel)
  86. Hello - my grandmother was a Fairbairn who lived at the Cove so am delighted to have found your website. I am so interested to find out as much as possible about her family. She died in October 1958 and was one of a large family - 7 sons who all went to the first world war and all returned. I don't seem to be able to link any of them to what you have on your website. I myself was born in Cockburnspath in 1951. Would be pleased to hear from you as I loved all you have done. Anne

    (Posted on 2008-01-12 09:15:00 by Georgina Anne Barnett nee Renwick)
  87. I'm glad I came across your website. I found it very interesting and found out more informations about the Fairbairn Family. My grandfather was a fairbairn, his grandfather originally came from this part of Scotland and we are distantly related :)

    Thank you

    (Posted on 2008-01-10 01:35:00 by Dianne McDonald)
  88. Your website is fantastic. It has inspired me to look into fining out about my own family tree. The links pages will be a great help to get me started.

    (Posted on 2007-11-11 21:05:00 by Marie Connor)