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In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Fairns, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. The ancestors of the Fairns family lived on the land of Fearn in Ross where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Fairns family


The surname Fairns was first found in Ross-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Early History of the Fairns family

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Early History of the Fairns family


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Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1267, 1500, 1578, 1560, 1609, 1604, 1609, 1602 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Fairns History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fairns Spelling Variations

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Fairns Spelling Variations


Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Fairns has been written Ferns, Fearn, Fearns, Fearne, Fern, Ferne and others.

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Early Notables of the Fairns family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Fairns family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir John Ferne (ca. 1560-1609), an English writer on heraldry and an eminent lawyer and politician, Member of...
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Migration of the Fairns family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Fairns family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Fairns: Elizabeth Fearn settled in New England in 1767; Felix Fearn settled in Philadelphia in 1877; Henry Ferne settled in Virginia in 1623; Paul Ferne settled in Virginia in 1635.

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