Fairlamb Reunion was held on the bank holiday weekend of 27 May
The reunion of 2000 concentrated on the families of the six sons
of Llewellyn and Hannah Fairlamb, and took place 50 years after
the gathering to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in 1949.
More information about Llewellyn and Hannah can be found below.
Dumfries reunion 2000
reunion was arranged by Sheila Bell and held in Dumfries, Scotland. Forty-five
people managed to make it, including all eleven of those remaining
from the family gathering of 1949 (highlighted in red).
The next big gathering is pencilled in for May of 2002 in Harrogate.
Alex Bell, Sheila Bell,
Andrew Cuthbertson, Joanne Cuthbertson, Julia Cuthbertson, Rosie
Cuthbertson, Grace Cuthertson, Eben Dunn, Ian Dunn, Kirsten Dunn
& Mark, Niall Dunn & Francesca, Valeria
Dunn, Alex Fairlamb, Clifford Fairlamb,
David Fairlamb & Sharon, Denise Fairlamb, Dianne Fairlamb,
Ella Fairlamb, Geoff Fairlamb, Ivy Fairlamb, Selwyn
Fairlamb, Roger Hipkin, Tracy Hipkin, Craig Hurst, Glynis
Hurst, Christopher Ledger, Daphne Ledger,
Helen Ledger, Les Ledger, Caerwen Makepeace, Rodney Makepeace, Rorie
Makepeace, Sybil Makepeace, Zoe Makepeace & Dale, Bill Stewart,
Brenda Stewart, Cam Thomson, Harriet Thomson, Phillipa Thomson,
Llewellyn Fairlamb (18761952)
& Mary Hannah (18761954)
Llewellyn Fairlamb was born in 1876, one of the seven sons of William
and Eleanor Fairlamb.
The brothers lived varied lives; Thomas emigrated to Canada, William
(grandfather of Dorothy Lancaster) became a joiner, Edwin moved
to Allenheads as a joiner to Lord Allendale, and Septimus was killed
in action in the Great War. He is listed on the roll in the lych
gate at Allendale Church.
Llewellyn succeeded his father William as postmaster in Allendale
and married Hannah Bell in 1899.
original post office was at Victoria House. Ivy Fairlamb remembers
an effigy of Kaiser Wilhelm being run across a line from the upper
windows of Victoria House to the successive (Old) Post Office in
Llewellyn is remembered as a gentle, courteous man while Hannah
was more forthright. The living quarters above the Post Office were
dominated by heavy old four poster beds, and a mass of shoes was
always heaped under the kitchen table.
Tribute to Llewellyn Fairlamb
This tribute was made by the Rev DH Lewis MA, Rector of Allendale,
on 30 December 1952.
Before we bring this service to a close it
is fitting, I think, that I should pay a brief tribute to the
memory of one of those who was so closely identified with the
life of the Dale.
As you know, Mr Fairlamb carried out the duties
of postmaster here for nearly fifty years. He had seen the business
of that office from small beginnings to what is, today, a considerable
task and all along, his work was marked by an efficiency
and a courtesy which won him regard and appreciation of all. I
suppose it is true to say that his work came first in his life,
and he never spared himself.
He was always ready with his quiet advice and information
and many people owe him a debt of gratitude for the help which
he gave them.
Reserved and modest by nature, he never sought
the limelight, but that did not detract from his influence as
a public servant. Living in the very centre of things, no-one
was more highly respected amongst us and we shall all miss him
Speaking for myself, I know what a deep affection
he had for the Church and everything connected with it, and I
am personally very grateful for the generous support which he
gave us from time to time.
Mr Fairlamb was very happy and blessed in his home
life, and he will certainly be missed in that circle but
he leaves behind, as a very real comfort to those near and dear
to him, the memory of a loyal husband and a good father.
To Mrs Fairlamb who stood by her husband so affectionately
during his illness, to his last surviving brother, and to his
six sons, all of whom are here today, we extend our sympathy in
Llewellyn died in the winter of 1952 and is buried at Allendale
He might have been pleased that automobiles had replaced horse-drawn
hearses for the steep hill to the cemetery. In those days horses
had to be whipped up the bank at speed during icy weather, leaving
mourners behind, and in particularly bad spells the horses were
unable to draw the coffins up at all, entailing them being kept
until a thaw!
His wife Hannah died two years later and is buried with him.
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