Fearchar McFinlay, Chief of Clan Fionnladh

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Fearchar McFinlay

Birthplace: Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
Death: 1274 (55-64)
Aberdeenshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
Immediate Family:

Son of Eugenius Shaw Farquharson McFinlay and Helena McWilliam
Husband of Daughter of Patrick MacDonachadh and Margaret McFinley
Father of Archibald Fynlay

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About Fearchar McFinlay, Chief of Clan Fionnladh

  • Fearchar McFinlay - Chief of Clan Fionnladh b abt 1210 in Pershire, Scot & Daughter of Patrick McDonachadh b(bet)1207 in Scot son of: Eugenius Shaw Farquharson McFinlay - The origin of the Clan Farquharson in Aberdeenshire. son of: Fergus Shaw McFinlay of Rothumerches son of: Rory Ruari McFinlay - Thane of Cromarty son of: Macbeatha McFinlay - Thane of Cromarty & Bethoca Mcbrad McBride son of: Macbeatha McFinlay - Thane of Ross Cromarty - Cheif of Clan Fionnladh. b: 1060 son of: Macboeda Macbeth Fionnladh Finlay b: 1005 & Gruoch Bodhe - daughter of: Bodhe - A medieval Scottish nobleman. son of: Mcruaidhri Finlay - Earl of Moray & Donada Fionnladh Finlay son of: McRuaidhri - Thane of Ross & Cromarty Finlay


  1. Has No Children MCEARCHAR

2. Has Children Archibald FINLAY b: 1240 in Pershire, Scotland
3. Has No Children MCFARCHAR
4. Has No Children FARQUHARSON
5. Has No Children MCFINLAY
6. Has No Children FINLAYSON
1. FEARCHAR1 MCFINLAY was born WFT Est. 1216-1297, and died WFT Est. 1253-1371. He married MACDONACHADH WFT Est. 1242-1328. She was born WFT Est. 1222-1300, and died WFT Est. 1253-1378.


Was Chief of a powerful Clan known as Clan Fionnladh, a sept of the great confederation, Clan Chattan, which held large possessions in Strathdie in the Parish of Crothie, in the Braces of Mar, at the head of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in the year 1236.

Fionnladh, from which the name Finley is derived, is a combination of hte Gaelic word, Fionn, meaning Fergus and Ladh, meaning boy or child. From this root have come the different spellings, such as, Finleg, Finlegh, Finley, Finlay, Findley, and Findlay. All are pure Scotch, and identical in origin.

Fearchar is said to have been a lineal descendant of the ancient Thames of Ross and Moray, of whom the most famous was Macbeth. Malcolm II, was King of Scotland from 1005 to 1034, A. D. His second wife was Aelifu, of whom he had three daughters. The youngest of these, Donada, married Finlegh, or Finley McRuaidhri, the Earl of Moray, Chief of Clan Fionnladh, who ruled over a large portion of northern Scotland, including the present Shire of Ross. Their son was Macbida McFinlay, or Macbeth, born circa 1005 A. D., who became King of Scotland from 1039 to 1056. Macbeth married Gruach, a Daughter of Bodhe, and the widow of Gilcomgain. The sucession is carried on by Macbeotha McFinlay, Thane of Cromarty, 1060 to 1093, who married Bethoca, daughter of Andrew McBrad. Their son, Rory, or Ruari McFinlay, was Thane of Cromarty in 1152. Their son, Fergus McFinlay, was living in Cromarty in 1210. Their son, Eochiod, or Euginius, sometimes Shaw McDubh, was murdered by Walter, Seneschal of Scotland, in 1223 A. D. His son, Fearchar, Chief of Clan Fionnladh, was living in 1236 in Aberdeenshire, and married a daughter of Patrick MacDonachadh. Genealogists have traced this family connection through the various kings of Scotland and Ireland, to the House of Heremon, but for the purpose of this sketch, a start will be made with Fearchar, and, if space will permit, the earlier records will be inserted later.

Fearchar's descendants settled on the borders of the Shires of Perth and Angus. It appears that his large family of sons adopted the followiing names: McFarchar, or Farquharson, McFinlay, Finlay, and Finlayson

Fearchar's second son, Archibald Fynlay, or Finlay, will be the only one mentioned:


 	i. SON2 MCFINLAY, b. WFT Est. 1246-1333; d. WFT Est. 1271-1406.

2. ii.ARCHIBALD FYNLAY (FINLAY), b. WFT Est. 1253-1326; d. WFT Est. 1289-1402.

"119. Fearchar, Chief of the Clan FIONNLAGH, lived in the Braces of Mar, the head of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in 1236; m the daughter and heiress of Patrick MAC DONACHADH, ancestor of ROBERTSON of Lude."

(Finley Findings, http://www.angelfire.com/biz/finleyfindings/LINEAGE.html)

The roots of the name Finlay are found among the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland. The name comes from the Gaelic Fionnlagh which is often Anglicized to fair hero.

Motto: Fortis in arduis Motto Translation: Brave in difficulties.

The surname Finlay was first found in Banffshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhanbh), former Scottish county located in the northeasterly Grampian region of Scotland, now of divided between the Council Areas of Moray and Aberdeenshire, where they were descended from the Chiefs of the Clan Farquharson, one of the great federation of 26 Clans, known as the Clan Chattan.

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Fearchar McFinlay, Chief of Clan Fionnladh's Timeline

Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
Age 60
Aberdeenshire, Scotland, (Present UK)