Fairbairn Family Genealogy Forum
You are of course quite right. I missed a page in my rush to post the message. I am still intrigued about James mentioned in John's message. I am beginning to think it may have been the James who was married to Agnes Burgon. He had enough son's at sea to fit the bill. I wonder if there is a way of checking who owned the boats. The insurer I believe was the East of Fife Insurance Club, do they still exist? He also had a son called John, born in 1846.
As yet, Fife has not come into the picture. Hopefully you can find a link. The two coastlines are only 10 to 15 miles apart. It seems a distinct possibility.
I will try and get a copy of the book you mentioned, it sounds interesting.
Common names in that area include, Burgon, Crombie, Maltman, Anderson, Purves, Dougal. There were a lot of marriages between these families. There was also a branch of the McLeans around Cockburnspath and Dunbar in the late 1800's.