Family reunion

Llewellyn & Hannah, and their six sons in 1949The Fairlamb Reunion was held on the bank holiday weekend of 27 May 2000.  

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

The Reunion party on the steps of the Cairndale HotelThe 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, Susan Thomson

Llewellyn Fairlamb (1876–1952) & Mary Hannah (1876–1954)

Mary Hannah Fairlamb Llewellyn Fairlamb

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.

The Old Post Office, AllendaleThe 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 1918.

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 (1952)

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 greatly.

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 their bereavement.

Llewellyn died in the winter of 1952 and is buried at Allendale Cemetery.

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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