The Fairfax Society
Founded in 1993.
Member of the Guild of One-Name Studies.
Patron: Nicholas, Lord Fairfax,
14th. Baron Cameron.
The Fairfax family can trace its origins back to the Danish Vikings since when they have seen active service in several theatres of war in addition to the Great Civil War of the 17th. Century. It was then Sir Thomas ("Black Tom") Fairfax created the Model Army that turned the fortunes of the Roundheads and forced King Charles I to surrender.
Other Fairfaxes have distinguished themselves in the Army and the Navy, while others took to the church, became writers, etc.
Robert Fayrfax, musician to Henry VIII, is said to haunt St Albans Abbey, Hertfordshire, UK, after midnight when his organ playing can still be heard.
The Society is gradually creating family trees for over fifty separate pedigrees both for the UK and overseas, from which a data base of names and dates of birth, marriage and death is being produced. But more information is required from members of the family.
In addition detailed records are being kept of each individual and places associated with them. Also portraits, prints and photographs are being mounted and recorded and details of memorial inscriptions are being noted to ensure they remain available for future generations.
Two Journals are published each year to keep members up-to-date with various research projects in addition to articles of general interest.
Our annual general meetings are normally held during September at a venue associated with the Fairfaxes.
If you are a Fairfax or associated with the name through a relation or ancestor and want to know if you are descended from the Gilling Castle line or any of the other lines we shall be pleased to hear from you. Apart from helping you - you may be able to help us by filling in a name missing from our collection! So e-mail our Webmaster now!