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FAIRFOUL, a seemingly contradictory surname, derived from Fair fowl, those who bear it carrying three parrots or papingoes in their arms as relative to the name. In June 1662, Andrew Fairfowl, the son of John Fairfowl of the town of Anstruther, was consecrated archbishop of Glasgow. He had first been chaplain to the earl of Rothes, and next minister of North Leith, afterwards at Dunse. It is stated that Charles the Second having heard him preach several times when in Scotland in 1650, on his restoration, inquired after Mr. Fairfowl, and unsolicited preferred him to the see of Glasgow, on a vacancy occurring in November 1661. He did not, however, long enjoy his new dignity, for he sickened the very day of riding the parliament in November 1663, and died in a few days thereafter, when he was buried in the abbey church of Holyroodhouse.

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