The following articles may be of interest if you are looking for your Fairbairn “clan” or “tartan”:
Court of the Lord Lyon – the official heraldry office for Scotland
The Court of the Lord Lyon is the heraldic authority for Scotland and deals with all matters relating to Scottish Heraldry and Coats of Arms and maintains the Scottish Public Registers of Arms and Genealogies.
The Lord Lyon King of Arms is also responsible for State Ceremonial in Scotland.
What the Lyon Court said (2001)
which article begins:
“The difference between clans, families and septs is the source of many questions as is the question phrased in one way or another, which asks, “to which clan do I belong”. There are many definitions of clans and families as there are people, but this article will try to indicate how these matters are viewed in the Lyon Court…..”
“Fairbairn’s Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland”
by James Fairbairn
(further information can be found about James on Lorna’s web pages)