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 Finley caveat:  

No pretense is made that Nancy Mary Finley's family history has personally been traced to Ruari McFinlay who was born in 1100, however the outline presented here is generally accepted by Finley researchers, including those genealogists appointed by Queen Victoria to trace her lineage. (They took her back to Adam and Eve).  

The information concerning the immigrant ancestors of Nancy Mary Finley, has been carefully researched and documented.  Unless further research uncovers hitherto unknown facts to contradict, the following stands as our ancestry.  Of all our ancient names, we should have at least one line we have followed into the shadows of myth, and of all our ancestry, the Finley name is best documented.



Descendants of Ruari Finley


Generation No. 1

     1.  Ruari1 Finley was born Abt. 1100, and died Abt. 1152.

Notes for Ruari Finley:
Ruari or Rory McFinlay was Thane of Cromarty from 1100 to 1152.  Name for Descendant Outline purposes is Finley, to obtain  continuity.
Child of Ruari Finley is:
+     2     i.     Fergus McFinlay2 Finley, born Unknown; died 1210.


Generation No. 2

     2.  Fergus McFinlay2 Finley (Ruari1) was born Unknown, and died 1210.

Notes for Fergus McFinlay Finley:
Fergus McFinlay was 4th son of Ruari or Rory.
Married heiress of Invercaula, Aberdeenshire
Known as Shaw or Farquar Shaw of Rothurmerchess
Chief of the Clan Fionnhaidh, a Sept of the original Hail-Kin clan Cattan.  This clan Fionnlaidh descends from Fiacha O'Fhionnholia, King of Northern Ireland around 50 A.D.
Tennant of Rossen, Cromarty, in 1210.
Child of Fergus McFinlay Finley is:
+     3     i.     Eugenius McFinley3 Finley, born Unknown; died 1223.


Generation No. 3

     3.  Eugenius McFinley3 Finley (Fergus McFinlay2, Ruari1) was born Unknown, and died 1223.

Notes for Eugenius McFinley Finley:
Was Eugenius or Eochiod McFinley, 4th son of Fergus McFinley.
Shaw Dubh or Shaw Farquar(son)
Married heiress of Invercauld.
In 1223 was murdered by Walter Seneschal of Scotland
Child of Eugenius McFinley Finley is:
+     4     i.     Fearchar MacFinley4 Finley, born Bef. 1223; died Unknown.


Generation No. 4

     4.  Fearchar MacFinley4 Finley (Eugenius McFinley3, Fergus McFinlay2, Ruari1) was born Bef. 1223, and died Unknown.  He married FNU MacDinachadh, daughter of Patrick MacDonachadh.  She died Unknown.

Notes for Fearchar MacFinley Finley:
Lived in Braes of Mar, Aberdeenshire.
Son of  Shaw Dubh of Rothiemerchess.
Chief of the Clan Fionnlaidh.

His great grandson was Finnula Mor or Great Findlay
Child of Fearchar Finley and FNU MacDinachadh is:
+     5     i.     Archibald5 Finley, born Unknown; died Abt. 1338.


Generation No. 5

     5.  Archibald5 Finley (Fearchar MacFinley4, Eugenius McFinley3, Fergus McFinlay2, Ruari1) was born Unknown, and died Abt. 1338.  He married Margaret Robertson, daughter of William Robertson.  She was born Unknown, and died Unknown.

Notes for Archibald Finley:
Archibald distinguished himself at the Battle of Largs in Ayrshire against the Norwegians on October 21, 1236.  Land records show that he is to occupy 1/2 portion of land in Rousnot
Children of Archibald Finley and Margaret Robertson are:
+     6     i.     William6 Finley, born Unknown; died Aft. 1307.
     7     ii.     Roger Finley, born Unknown; died Unknown.
     8     iii.     Richard Finley, born Unknown; died Unknown.


Generation No. 6

     6.  William6 Finley (Archibald5, Fearchar MacFinley4, Eugenius McFinley3, Fergus McFinlay2, Ruari1) was born Unknown, and died Aft. 1307.  He married Isabell Dempster, daughter of Thomas Dempster.  She was born Unknown, and died Unknown.

Notes for William Finley:
This William was Royal Forrester to King Robert I.  He purchased land in 1307.
Children of William Finley and Isabell Dempster are:
+     9     i.     Andrew7 Finley, born Unknown; died Unknown.
     10     ii.     John Finley, born Unknown; died Unknown.


Generation No. 7

     9.  Andrew7 Finley (William6, Archibald5, Fearchar MacFinley4, Eugenius McFinley3, Fergus McFinlay2, Ruari1) was born Unknown, and died Unknown.  He married Marjorie McDonald.  She was born Unknown, and died Unknown.

Notes for Andrew Finley:
On August 3, 1366 Andrew tithed 8 pounds of goods to the Prior of Rousnot Abbey.

On July 9, 1379, King Robert II paid Andrew for being Sheriff.

Notes for Marjorie McDonald:
Marjorie was neice and co heir to John McDonald of Perthshire.
Children of Andrew Finley and Marjorie McDonald are:
+     11     i.     John Sr.8 Finley, born 1356; died 1445.
     12     ii.     William Finley, born Unknown; died Unknown.
     13     iii.     Andrew Finley, born Unknown; died Unknown.
     14     iv.     Marjorie Finley, born Unknown; died Unknown.


Generation No. 8

     11.  John Sr.8 Finley (Andrew7, William6, Archibald5, Fearchar MacFinley4, Eugenius McFinley3, Fergus McFinlay2, Ruari1) was born 1356, and died 1445.  He married Eleanor Stewart, daughter of John Stewart of Fothergill.  She was born Unknown, and died Unknown.

Notes for John Sr. Finley:
Became Bishop of Dumblane in 1406

Notes for Eleanor Stewart:
Notes from researcher Marian Sampson.

"Admiral Stout calls her father John Stewart of Fothergill.  There was only one who bore that designation.  He was the son of James Stewart and Janet Menzies, from whom he inherited Fothergill.  James was the younger son of Sir Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan who died about 1400.  Sir Alexander was the 4th, 3rd surviving, son of Robert II Stewart, King of Scots and brother of Robert III.  Janet Menzies was descended from the High Stewards of Scotland, the earls of Atholl, Ulster and Angus, the Lord of the Isles, among others."
Children of John Finley and Eleanor Stewart are:
+     15     i.     John Jr.9 Finley, born Unknown; died Unknown.
     16     ii.     Andrew Finley, born Unknown; died Unknown.
     17     iii.     William Finley, born Unknown; died Unknown.
     18     iv.     Alexander Finley, born Unknown; died Unknown.
     19     v.     Robert Finley, born Unknown; died Unknown.
     20     vi.     Margaret Finley, born Unknown; died Unknown.


Generation No. 9

     15.  John Jr.9 Finley (John Sr.8, Andrew7, William6, Archibald5, Fearchar MacFinley4, Eugenius McFinley3, Fergus McFinlay2, Ruari1) was born Unknown, and died Unknown.  He married Mary MacRae.  She was born Unknown, and died Unknown.
Child of John Finley and Mary MacRae is:
+     21     i.     John III Findley10 Finley, born 1457 in Perthshire, Scotland; died Abt. 1507 in Cupar Angus, Fifshire, Scotland.


Generation No. 10

     21.  John III Findley10 Finley (John Jr.9, John Sr.8, Andrew7, William6, Archibald5, Fearchar MacFinley4, Eugenius McFinley3, Fergus McFinlay2, Ruari1) was born 1457 in Perthshire, Scotland, and died Abt. 1507 in Cupar Angus, Fifshire, Scotland.  He married Joneta Roger.  She was born 1463 in Perthshire, Scotland, and died 1557.

Notes for John III Findley Finley:
Records show spellings Fynlay, Fyndlay.
Child of John Finley and Joneta Roger is:
+     22     i.     Andrew Fyndlay11 Finley, born Abt. 1483 in Perthshire, Scotland; died Aft. 1546 in Auginlyth, Cupar Angus, Forfar, Scotland.


Generation No. 11

     22.  Andrew Fyndlay11 Finley (John III Findley10, John Jr.9, John Sr.8, Andrew7, William6, Archibald5, Fearchar MacFinley4, Eugenius McFinley3, Fergus McFinlay2, Ruari1) was born Abt. 1483 in Perthshire, Scotland, and died Aft. 1546 in Auginlyth, Cupar Angus, Forfar, Scotland.  He married Joneta Hayes, daughter of John Hay and Janet Douglas.  She was born Abt. 1487 in Cuper, Fife, Scotland, and died Unknown.

Notes for Andrew Fyndlay Finley:
Were tenants of Cupar Abbey 1508-1524,  Name probably changed spelling in this generation.  Finley
Children of Andrew Finley and Joneta Hayes are:
+     23     i.     James12 Finley, born September 15, 1530 in Cupar Angus, Balchristie, Fife, Scotland; died March 26, 1597 in Newburn Parish, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland.
     24     ii.     John Finley, born Unknown; died Unknown.
     25     iii.     Andrew Finley, born Unknown; died Unknown.
     26     iv.     Alexander Finley, born Unknown; died Unknown.
     27     v.     Joneta Finley, born Unknown; died Unknown.


Generation No. 12

     23.  James12 Finley (Andrew Fyndlay11, John III Findley10, John Jr.9, John Sr.8, Andrew7, William6, Archibald5, Fearchar MacFinley4, Eugenius McFinley3, Fergus McFinlay2, Ruari1) was born September 15, 1530 in Cupar Angus, Balchristie, Fife, Scotland, and died March 26, 1597 in Newburn Parish, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland.  He married Elizabeth Warrender 1576 in Balchristie, Fife, Scotland, daughter of William Warrender and Christina LNU.  She was born 1530 in Balchristie, Fife, Scotland, and died 1597.

More About James Finley and Elizabeth Warrender:
Marriage: 1576, Balchristie, Fife, Scotland
Child of James Finley and Elizabeth Warrender is:
+     28     i.     John13 Finley, born June 08, 1579 in St. Andrews, Newburn Parish, Balchristie, Fife, Scotland; died October 06, 1670 in Inchervie, Scotland.


Generation No. 13

     28.  John13 Finley (James12, Andrew Fyndlay11, John III Findley10, John Jr.9, John Sr.8, Andrew7, William6, Archibald5, Fearchar MacFinley4, Eugenius McFinley3, Fergus McFinlay2, Ruari1) was born June 08, 1579 in St. Andrews, Newburn Parish, Balchristie, Fife, Scotland, and died October 06, 1670 in Inchervie, Scotland.  He married Sarah Craigie October 03, 1630 in Balchristie, St. Andrew's, Fife, Scotland.  She was born 1581 in Dumblane, Perthshire, Scotland, and died April 04, 1669 in Balchristie, Fife, Scotland.

More About John Finley and Sarah Craigie:
Marriage: October 03, 1630, Balchristie, St. Andrew's, Fife, Scotland
Child of John Finley and Sarah Craigie is:
+     29     i.     James14 Finley, born September 09, 1631 in Inchervie, St. Andrew's Fife Scotland; died September 16, 1681 in Probably Newburn Parish, Balchristie, Fife, Scotland.


Generation No. 14

     29.  James14 Finley (John13, James12, Andrew Fyndlay11, John III Findley10, John Jr.9, John Sr.8, Andrew7, William6, Archibald5, Fearchar MacFinley4, Eugenius McFinley3, Fergus McFinlay2, Ruari1) was born September 09, 1631 in Inchervie, St. Andrew's Fife Scotland, and died September 16, 1681 in Probably Newburn Parish, Balchristie, Fife, Scotland.  He married Margaret Mackie September 10, 1666 in Incharvie, fife, Scotland, daughter of Alexander Mackie and Margaret Forbes.  She was born Abt. 1636 in Scotland, and died June 1672 in Inchervie, Fife, Scotland.

More About James Finley and Margaret Mackie:
Marriage: September 10, 1666, Incharvie, fife, Scotland
Child of James Finley and Margaret Mackie is:
+     30     i.     Alexander15 Finley, born 1667 in Incharvie, Fife, Scotland; died January 28, 1735/36 in Dublin, Ireland.


Generation No. 15

     30.  Alexander15 Finley (James14, John13, James12, Andrew Fyndlay11, John III Findley10, John Jr.9, John Sr.8, Andrew7, William6, Archibald5, Fearchar MacFinley4, Eugenius McFinley3, Fergus McFinlay2, Ruari1) was born 1667 in Incharvie, Fife, Scotland, and died January 28, 1735/36 in Dublin, Ireland.  He married Margaret Jennings January 10, 1687/88 in Dublin, Ireland, daughter of William Jennings and Margaret Morduck.  She was born 1668 in Incharvie, Fife, Scotland, and died 1742 in Dbulin, Ireland.

Notes for Alexander Finley:
Baptised at St. Andrew's Church on July 30, 1667.  He married Margaret Jennings in County Derry, Ireland.  In 1688, Alexander became a freeman by birth and then in 1690, he fought in King William's War.  He was a woolen merchant in Dublin between 1691 and 1736.

More About Alexander Finley and Margaret Jennings:
Marriage: January 10, 1687/88, Dublin, Ireland
Children of Alexander Finley and Margaret Jennings are:
+     31     i.     James16 Finley, born December 04, 1687 in Dublin, Ireland; died February 10, 1753 in Cumberland Co., Pa..
+     32     ii.     John Finley, born Unknown; died Unknown.
     33     iii.     Samuel Finley, born Unknown; died Unknown.