Henry Fairbairn was a professional photographer
based at Bellevue, Edinburgh 1880-82
at No 2, Bath Street at the time of the 1851 census were:
Fairbairn - Head - Married - age 60 - Gardener
- born Berwickshire, Abbey St. Bathans
Catherine Fairbairn - Wife - Married - age 56 - born Edinburgh
Fairbairn - Son - Unmarried - age 17 - Bookseller Appr.
- born East Calder
Fairbairn - Daughter - Unmarried - age 14 - born East Calder
Thank you to Sanna Gaffney, Boone, North Carolina, USA, great
granddaughter of Henry Fairbairn's cousin, John Kinninmound
Fairbairn, for providing the above extract and for telling me:
- Henry is the one who married Sarah Lindsay McMinn
Sharpe, and was a photographer.
- Henry Fairbairn's grandparents were John Fairbairn and Elizabeth
appeared in the 1881 census listed as a photographer
born: East Calder
resident Bellevue, Scotland Street Station, Edinburgh
wife, Sarah LF.
reference to Scotland Street Station above is interesting. This was the
railway station at the northern end of the tunnel that ran under
This took the trains from Edinburgh Canal Street
Station (beside Waverley) on the first stage of their journey towards
Granton from 1847. The tunnel and station were abandoned in 1868
(over 20 years before this census) when the line took a new route going
from Waverley Station via Abbeyhill instead of from Canal Street Station
through the tunnel.
Fairbairn was reported to be a photographer in Penicuik, about ten miles
to the south of Edinburgh, in 1887.
Pam Harper, Seattle, Washington, USA has
written asking if anything is known of Henry O Fairbairn. If you can
e-mail me so that I can pass on the info to Pam.
Wreck of the Ohioan
have a photo of the wreck of the "Ohioan" on Pt. Lobos, California
in 1936. It is signed Henry O. Fairbairn in pencil below the photo.
[I have spelled the last name according to
what I can make out from the pencilled signature.]
The photo I have was taken from the cliffs above the
wreck, probably from the famous Cliff House Restaurant, which is
still in business in S.F. The ship is on fire, indicating it was
recently wrecked and the sun is going down over the Pacific, a very
you know anything about Henry O Fairbairn as a photographer? Did he
end up his career in San Francisco? I
remember reading previously about a Fairbairn who was from Scotland
and came to the U.S. and to San Francisco.
believe this is a different person from the Edinburgh photographer,
Henry Fairbairn listed on the EdinPhoto web site. He would
probably have been too old to have taken the
Pam Harper, Seattle, Washington, USA, 24 July
you to Alison Halley for sending the following details.
Just to let you know that this Henry
belongs to the line of a friend of mine.
Henry was born in 1833 in East Calder, the
son of Thomas Fairbairn and Catherine Angus. (Thomas was the son of
John Fairbairn and Elizabeth Yule.)
He married Sarah Lindsay McMinn Sharpe in
Edinburgh in 1854. In 1855, when his son Henry was born, he was a
Bookseller at 8 Lindsay Place.
In 1856, when his daughter Catherine Jane
was born, he was a Master Photographer at 7 Henry Street.
In 1858, when his daughter died, and in
1859, when his second son Francis George was born, he was a
Stationer at 4 West Adam Street.
He died on 15th March 1906 in Edinburgh.
Alison Halley. 16 September
Thank you to Sanna Gaffney for
giving me the following details.
1. Henry Fairbairn was
born in Kirknewton, Scotland, 1834
Kirknewton is close to East
Calder. See 1881 census above.
2. He was son of Thomas Fairbairn and
3. He was grandson of John Fairbairn
and Elizabeth Yule.
married Sarah Lindsay McMinn Sharpe in 1854.
5. He was Bookseller & Artist.
6. He died 15 March 1906 in
Sanna Gaffney, Boone Watauga Co., North Carolina,
USA. 16-19 Sep 2005
Sanna Gaffney's mother was Marjory Fairbairn, b.1891.
Marjory Fairbairn's parents are J K Fairbairn,
b.1841, and his second wife
J K Fairbairn's father was John Fairbairn