Its an interesting thing to conceive that someone I don't know...is my cousin.However, with the times being the way they are...there is that need to connect to family.Its been a while since I have actually done any further research on the matter of family linking from Scotland to North Carolina, but the interest definitely remains.I am no longer living in NC..the area of Maxton, Robeson County.I am now in Hartford, CT where my mom resides.I would like more info from you as you did bring up some interesting connections.The fact that most of the family lived in the area in which the Fairley's are promininent in southern NC and that your family and mine are linked in this area fascinates me.I have desired to know the family crest, kilt, and history.Of course, the latter may be a little tricky considering how slave ownership redefined linkage to the Fairley name.I did find something...not too sure if its accurate, but it shares a more ancient history of the Fairley name.
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Thank you, James
ARMS (LR 4/25) Or, a lion rampant and in chief three stars Gules
CREST A lion’s head couped Or
MOTTO Paratus sum (I am prepared)
CLAN HISTORY This family first appears in Ayrshire as proprietors of the lands of Fairley (the village of Fairley near Largs still exists today). Nisbet, in his commentary on the Ragman Roll of those who submitted to Edward I of England in 1296, states that Robert de Ross was heritor to the lands of Fairly in Cunningham whence the family took its name. The arms of Ross and Fairly both contain a lion rampant but this is such a common feature of Scots heraldry that little can be deduced from it. The name also arose around Edinburgh, and William Fairlie received lands at Inverleith from Robert I. The Fairlies of Braid claimed descent from a natural son of Robert II, and Nisbet cited as evidence of this theory the fact that they bore the red lion rampant on a gold shield of the royal house. There is, however, no other evidence to substantiate this claim. The family of Braid claimed the chiefship of the name when the original Ayrshire line failed. They acquired, by purchase, the lands of Little Dreghorn in Ayrshire which they renamed Fairlie. This line also failed to produce a male heir, and Sir William Cunningham of Robertland, Baronet, who had married the sister of the last Laird of Fairlie, assumed the additional name of Fairlie in 1781.