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Re: Fairbairn's of Cockburnspath
Posted by: Keith Roberts Date: January 15, 2002 at 13:37:03
In Reply to: Fairbairn's of Cockburnspath by Norman Peters of 541

We have an interest in common, particularly in relation to the Eyemouth disaster.
My own Fairbairn ancestors hail from Fife. We track back to 1750 or so, with a number of researchers worldwide. It has been suggested that we may have relatives who perished at Eyemouth but as yet I have been unable to find the link. It is possible that some of the Fife family may have followed the herring down the coast.
My own information suggests that 12 Fairbairns perished at Eyemouth. I have a copy of the reproduction of the local paper at the time, whilst a book published last year, Children of the Sea, adds much more.
Those that died included:
On the Radiant: David, John & Alexander Fairbairn, brothers watched by there parents ashore James F & Agnes Burgon. There were two other siblings, Paul and Alison
On the Florida: John Paterson-Fairbairn and Thomas F
On the Renown: Thomas and John F
On the Snowdon: David, John, Thomas and David F
On the Pearl: John F
Earlier, in 1858 the Albions Delight went down, the seven dead including Robert Fairbairn

Have you come across any connections to Fife? I'd be delighted to exchange information.


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