Clan Fairlie, also spelled Fairley, is a Scottish clan associated with the region of Ayrshire. The Fairlies held lands in the area, including the Fairlie Castle. The family’s history can be traced back to the 12th century. Notable figures from Clan Fairlie include the Fairlie brothers, Robert and Thomas, who were prominent engineers and shipbuilders in the 19th century. They played a crucial role in the development of steamships and naval architecture, contributing to advancements in maritime technology.