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Andrew Finley

Birthplace: Cupar, Fifeshire, Scotland
Death: April 27, 1547 (42-43)
Aughinlyth, Cupar, Fifeshire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of John Finley, III and Joneta Rogers
Husband of Janet Hayes
Father of Thomas Finley; John Finley; George Finley; Andrew Finley; Joneta Fyndlay and 2 others
Brother of John Fynlay and Luke Fynlay

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About Andrew Finley

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Date of birth has also been (erroneously?) reported to be 1483.

  • Andrew FINLEY, son of John and Joneta ROGERS FYNLAY, had, according to the rental books of Cupar Angus, a one-quarter portion of land of Aughenlyth in Pentecost. He figures in different leases up to 1546. In 1507, he appears as Bailiff (Sheriff Deputy) of Cupar Angus, and in 1542, as Sheriff of Cupar Angus.

In the latter capacity, he was associated with Donald and David CAMPBELL, grandsons of the Earl of Argyle. There is a charter of sale in 1491 by Andrew FINLEY to John STEWART of Fothergill of the lands of Achnamarkmore. The seal of John STEWART, Earl of Atholl, and the seal of Andrew FINLEY were appended at Dunkeld on 31 May 1507.

On 13 Aug 1507, there is a charter of sale by Andrew FINLEY to Eleanor, Countess of Atholl, of Kincraigy. There is also a precept of sasene by Andrew FINLEY in favor of Neill STEWART Jr., as son and heir of Neill STEWART of Fothergill, of the lands of Achnamarkmore, given at Glentilt, 4 Jun 1545, in the presence of John FINLEY, son and heir of Andrew FINLEY.

Andrew FINLEY died at Aughenlyth, Forfarshire prior to 27 Apr 1547, as there is a notorial instrument taken by John FINLEY, son and heir of the late Andrew FINLEY, on that date, of the rights and reversion of the lands of Achnamarkmore for 20 pounds, payable in 1 day, between sunrise and sunset. In 1523, Andrew FINLEY married Janet HAY, daughter of John HAY of Erroll, Perthshire, and Janet DOUGLASS, a lineal descendant of William DE HAYA, Cup Bearer to MALCOLM IV. Their children are recorded in the Register of Cupar Angus Abbey.

Their first child, John FINLEY, was baptized 9 Nov 1524. He fought in the Battle of Langside on 13 May 1568. The Battle of Langside, now Battle Abbey, was fought 2 miles from Glasgow, Scotland, and lasted 1 hour. In it, the Regent Moray defeated the forces of Queen Mary. Many who fought in the army of Queen Mary were forced to flee to England and Ireland, and so John FINLEY fled to England, where he died, and was buried in the Parish of Howden, York, on 18 Aug 1578. His wife, Susannah, was buried on 18 May 1591 (WOOD says Susannah was buried 8 May 1591). Their children were Andrew, b 1548, m Mary THOMPSON; Thomas, b 1550, m Sarah MEDWOOD; Christopher, b 1552, m Elizabeth CLARKSON; and Elizabeth, b 1554, m Thomas CLARKSON.

Andrew FINLEY Jr., second son of Andrew and Janet HAY FINLEY, was baptized 6 Mar 1526. His sister, Joneta, was baptized 28 Jan 1529; m Jun 1549 w Thomas BELL of Cupar Angus. The next child, James, was baptized 15 Sept 1530 at Cupar Angus, according to Baron's Court Book, Vol. II, p. 86. This reference also states that prior to 1576, he married Elizabeth WARRENDER, daughter of William and Christina WARRENDER.

Andrew Finlay changed the spelling to Finley. -- Gerald Findley,George Findley.

Baliff of Cupar Angus in 1507.

Sheriff in 1542.


  1. Has Children John FINLEY c: 9 Nov 1524 in Cupar Angus, Fife, Scotland
  2. Has No Children Andrew FINLEY b: in Cupar Angus, Fife, Scotland c: 6 Mar 1526 in Cupar Angus, Fife, Scotland
  3. Has No Children Joneta FINLEY b: in Cupar Angus, Fife, Scotland c: 28 Jan 1529 in Cupar Angus, Fife, Scotland
  4. Has Children James FINLEY b: in Cupar Angus, Balchristie fife, Scotland c: 15 Sep 1530 in Cupar Angus, Balchristie fife, Scotland
  5. Has No Children Alexander FINLEY b: in Cupar Angus, Fife, Scotland c: 17 May 1534 in Cupar Angus, Fife, Scotland

....... VIIIb Andrew Finley (b. Abt 1483 Perthshire, Scot.; d. ?; lived in Pentacost, Scot.)

........ +Janet Hay


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Andrew Finley's Timeline

Cupar, Fifeshire, Scotland
November 9, 1524
Cuper Angus, Scotland
March 6, 1526
Cuper Angus, Scotland
Balchristie, Cupar, Fifeshire, Scotland
January 28, 1529
Balchristie, Cupar Angus, Fife, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Balchristie, Cupar Angus, Fife, Scotland
May 7, 1534
Balchristie, Cupar Angus, Fife, Scotland (United Kingdom)
April 27, 1547
Age 43
Aughinlyth, Cupar, Fifeshire, Scotland