Fairbairn Family

Paul Fairbairn and Julia Paterson Part 1

Paul Fairbairn was born on the 7 September 1835 at Cockburnspath, Berwickshire. He married Julia Paterson, daughter of Unknown and Joan Paterson on 1 October 1858 at Cockburnspath. She was born in 1841 at Cockburnspath. They had 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls.

Paul Fairbairn's birth certificate

paul fairbairn's birth certificate

Children of Paul Fairbairn and Julia Paterson:-

  • Joan Fairbairn , born 22 January 1859 in Cove Village, Cockburnspath, died 1 March 1911 at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh. She married Willam Bolton on 25 April 1884 at Cove, Cockburnspath. He was born in 1863.

  • James Fairbairn, born 15 January 1861 at The Shore, Dunbar, East Lothian, died 15 September 1911 at Morningside, Eyemouth. He married Agnes Windram on 29 September 1891 at Eyemouth. She was born in 1860 and died before 1911.

  • John Fairbairn, born 10 March 1863 at The Shore, Dunbar, East Lothian, died 29 March 1863 at The Shore, Dunbar. John died aged 18 days of small pox.

  • Jane Fairbairn, born 17 April 1864 at The Shore, Dunbar, died 28 October 1908 at 67 Dumbiedykes Road, Edinburgh. She married James Smith on 28 July 1980 at New City Road, Glasgow. They had one child James (1891). She then married John Cleghorn Hay on 21 June 1893 at Cockburnspath. He was born 21 October 1863 in Chirnside, Berwickshire, died 15 June 1928 at The Mill, Duns. They had 4 children, David (1894), Paul (1896), John Cleghorn (1898) and Andrewina (1900).

Census Return 1861 - Co Guard Stn, Dunbar

Paul Fairbairn died on the 11 October 1864 (aged 28yrs) in the sea off Eyemouth, in the parish of Eyemouth and Shire of Berwick. Below is a copy of his death certificate, detailing his cause of death as accidental drowning and his body was not found.
Also below is a copy of an article printed in the Scotsman Newspaper on 14 October 1864 giving more details of the events on the night he died.

Paul Fairbairn's death certificate


On 26 May 1868, 4 years after her husband Paul's death, Julia married John Fisher (a seaman in Merchant Service.) They married at Lamberton Toll, Berwickshire.

Children Of Julia Paterson/Fairbairn and John Fisher:-

  • William Gibson Fisher born 20 July 1868 in Eyemouth, Berwickshire.

      • John Fisher born 3 September 1870 in Eyemouth, Berwickshire, died 21 February 1872 in Eyemouth. John died aged 18 months of parotitis (10days) and diphtheria (3 days). John was described as a pauper on his death certificate.

Census Return 1871 - Renton Terrace, Eyemouth

Julia then went on to have a further 3 children, all registered as '(first name) Paterson or Fisher' but specific information is given under the 'parents names' section of the birth certificate. On the right is a segment of her daughter Mary's birth certificate. It states ' Julia Paterson married 26th May 1868 to John Fisher, Seaman, Merchant Service, who she declares is not the father of the child and further that she has had no personal communication with him since they ceased to live together about 8 years ago.' This statement is also noted on her sons birth certificates.


Children of Julia Paterson and Unknown:-


  • Mary Paterson or FIsher  born 11 October 1877 in Eyemouth, Berwickshire. She married James Hutt on 27 December 1901 at Eyemouth, Berwickshire.

      • Andrew Paterson or FIsher born 3 June 1879 in Eyemouth, died on 21 November 1898 at Terrace, Eyemouth. He died aged 19, of intussusception, 5 days

  • George Paterson or Fisher born on 14 October 1883 in New Terrace, Eyemouth, died 16 Janaury 1946 at Hurker Crescent, Eyemouth. He married Fannie Aitchison on 22 September 1910 at Eyemouth.

Census Return 1881 - New Terrace, Eyemouth