Fairbairn’s ‘Lady Sam’ dies aged 59

THE widow of Sir Nicholas Fairbairn, the former Conservative MP, has died after a long battle with alcohol addiction.
Suzanne Fairbairn, 59, known to her friends as Lady Sam, died in hospital in Peebles in the Scottish Borders, where she had lived since her family booked her into a “drying out” clinic in 1998.
Sophie MacInnes, her daughter-in-law, said she “never picked up” following the death of her husband, the former Solicitor General of Scotland, in 1995.
She added: “We are a bit blown away by it all because it has happened so quickly.”
The couple married in 1983 after they met when she was seeking legal advice while divorcing her first husband. A spokesman for the Conservative Party in Perth – Sir Nicholas’s former constituency – said: “We send our condolences to the family and remember fondly the times that Lady Sam and Nicky shared with us.”
They lived for 12 years at Fordell Castle, Fife, where Sir Nicholas is buried, and which she sold after his death.
Lady Fairbairn, who became involved in a legal wrangle over her husband’s will with his three daughters from his first marriage, moved to Sussex for a time and then to Mexico before returning to Scotland.
Shortly after Sir Nicholas’s death, she learned that in addition to several mistresses, he had an illegitimate son by an Australian schoolteacher. Her funeral is expected to be held in Edinburgh later this week.

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