Born 20th September 1882 in Balerno
Died 18th March 1915 in France, aged 32
Winner of a Prize at the first recorded Burns Competition at Balerno School 1893
Reply to the Toast “The Lasses” 1908, 1911
Served on the Club Committee
James Garnet Fairbairn was the only son of David B. Fairbairn and the grandson of James Fairbairn Snr., founder member of ‘Let it Blaw.’ His contribution highlighted above is in no way remarkable, but it does show how this young man, this next generation of the Fairbairn family, was obviously going to play a major part in Club life in years to come.
In July 1893, the first record of a School Burns Competition being held in Balerno was made when the Club Secretary wrote: “As had been arranged, the Competition for four copies of the poet’s works by the children attending Balerno School was held in the schoolroom this afternoon when the prizes were awarded to the following successful competitors :
Boys – 1st Recitation – Jas. Falconer
Boys – 1st Singing – James Garnet Fairbairn
Girls – 1st Recitation – Mary Falconer
Girls – 1st Singing – Jessie Brown
Y Farm Military Cemetery, Bois-Grenier, France
James is commemorated on a panel within Balerno Parish Church and also on a Memorial at Currie Kirk. A sad end for the wee nine year old boy who won the prize at Balerno School.