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James Finley

Also Known As: "James Finley"
Birthplace: Balchristie, Cupar Angus, Fife, Scotland
Death: March 26, 1597 (66-67)
Balchristie, Newburn Parish, Fife, Scotland
Place of Burial: Balchristie, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Andrew Finley and Janet Hayes
Husband of Elizabeth Warrender
Father of William Finley; Andrew Finley; John Finley; Christina Finley; James Finley and 1 other
Brother of Thomas Finley; John Finley; George Finley; Andrew Finley; Joneta Fyndlay and 1 other

Occupation: minister, Dean of Guild St Andrews Presbyterian Church
Managed by: Charles W Lewis, II
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About Rev. James Finley

  • The second son of James and Elizabeth WARRENDER FINLEY was John, baptized 8 Jun 1579, St. Andrew's Parish, County Fife; d 6 Oct 1670, Incharvie, County Fife. He was known as John of Fife and was a partitioner of Balchrystie, County Fife, in 1629. He inherited land in Incharvie, County Fife, from his brother, James. John FINLEY's name appears in records from 1629 to 1668.

He m Eleanor FORBES, daughter of John FORBES, who d without issue. On 3 Oct 1630, he m Sarah CRAIGIE, who d 1669. She was the daughter of John CRAIGIE (STOUT incorrectly says Hugh CRAIGIE) of Dumbarnie, and Christine SMYTH, who was the daughter of Patrick SMYTH and Katherine COCHRAN, who in turn, was the daughter of William COCHRAN of Kilmarnoc, Ayrshire, and Lady Grizel GRAHAM, who was the daughter of James, Marquis of Montrose.

Buren's History of Commoners, p. 229, lists the children of John and Sarah CRAIGIE FINLEY: 1. James, bapt. 9 Sept 1631; d 16 Feb 1681; m (1st) 1649 w Barbara HENDERSON, who d 1665 (STOUT says 1658), no issue; m (2nd) 10 Sept 1666 w Margaret MACKIE, who d 1672; 2. Robert, bapt. 4 May 1634; d 1712, County Armagh, Ireland; m Margaret LAUDER; 3. John FINLEY Jr., bapt. 9 Aug 1636; d 1704, County Antrim, Ireland (WOOD says he d 1714); m Jane THOMPSON, who d 1714; 4. Margaret, bapt. 2 Jul 1637; d County Antrim, Ireland; m George THOMPSON; 5. Euphan, bapt. 16 Jun 1639; d 1657.

Born before September 15, 1530, in Cupar Angus, Balchristie, Fife,Scotland. -- George Findley.

James Finley, husband of Elizabeth Warrender, was a minister, ordainedin Balchristie, Scotland. "Dean of Guild St. Andrews, PresbyterianChurch. James And Elizabeth (Warrender) Finley's son John'sdescendants go to Polly Finley who married Davey Crockett. Their sonJames descendants go to Able Findley who settled in Jackson Co., In.and his descendants from there." -- George Findley.

127. JAMES FINLEY, bapt. 15 Sept 1530, Cupar Angus, Forfashire, Scotland; m before 1576 w Elizabeth WARRENDER, daughter of William and Christina WARRENDER; d 26 Mar 1597, Newburn, Parish of St. Andrew, Balchrystie, County Fife, Scotland. Children: Andrew, bapt. 15 Apr 1576, m June 1602 w Christian FORBES, b 1589, he d 1654, Newton Rires, County Fife, Scotland; John; Christina, bapt. 6 Aug 1580, m 22 June 1602 w Thomas ABERCROMBIE Jr.; William, bapt. 4 Nov 1582, d 1665, County Antrim, Ireland; James FINLEY Jr., bapt. 25 Oct 1583, m 14 Jul 1603, Barbara HUNTAR, daughter of William HUNTAR and Grizelda TRAILL, he d 1620, Incharvie, County Fife, Scotland; and Alexander, bapt. 10 Nov 1584, m Grissell HUNTAR, he d 1644, Stenton, Barony of Abercrombee, County Fife, Scotland.

(Finley Findings,


  • 1. Has Children Andrew FINLEY c: 15 Apr 1576 in Balchrystie, Fife, Scotland
  • 2. Has Children John FINLEY b: 8 Jun 1579 in St. Andrews Church, Balchristie, Fife, Scotland c: 8 Jun 1579 in St. Andrews Church, Balchristie, Fife, Scotland
  • 3. Has No Children Christina FINLEY b: 16 Aug 1580 in St. Andrews Church, Balchristie, Fife, Scotland c: 6 Aug 1580 in St. Andrews Church, Balchristie, Fife, Scotland
  • 4. Has Children Alexander FINLEY b: 10 Nov 1584 in St.Andrews, Balchristie, Fife, Scotland
  • 5. Has No Children William FINLEY c: 4 Nov 1582 in St. Andrews Church, Balchristie, Fife, Scotland
  • 6. Has Children James FINLEY c: 25 Oct 1583 in Cupar Angus, Scotland

Portioner, parish of Newburn, Balchristie, Fife.

Dean of St Andrews Presbyterian Church at Balchristie, County Fife.

In a Royal Charter given at Edinburgh o 29 April 1574, the king confirmed to James Finley, partitioner of Cupar Angus, now partitioner of Balchrystie, County Fife, a moiety of land in Newborn Parish of St. Andrew, County Fife; the charter said he was "of Cupar Angus" (i.e. was born there), but is now of Balchrystie, Fife. Married in Balchrystie, Fife, between 1575-76 to Elizabeth Warrender per "The Descendants of James Finley adn Elizabeth Warrender"

BORN, [baptized] September 15, 1530, Cupar Angus Forfashire, Fife, Scotland MARRIED Elizabeth Warrender, 1530-1597

prior to 1576 CHILDREN

Andrew (b. 4/15/1576; m. Christean Forbes, 6/1602; d. Newton Rires?, 1654)

John, 1579-1670

Christina (b. 8/6/1580; m. Thomas Abercrombie Jr. 1602; d. ??)

William (b. 11/4/1582; d. Co. Antrim, Ireland, 1646)

             James (b. 10/25/1583; m.  Barbara Huntar 7/4/1603; d. Inchervie, Fife, 1620) 
           Alexander (b. 11/10/1584; m. Grissell Huntar; d. Stinton, Fife, 1644) 

DIED, March 26, 1597, Newburn Parish St. Andrew, Balchristie, Fife, Scotland

James Findly WikiTree FREE Birth: 1530

Death: Mar 26 1597 - Newbarn Parish, Scotland

Parents: Andrew Findley, Janet Hay Hayes

Wife: Elizabeth Warrender

Child: James Findley

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Rev. James Finley's Timeline

September 15, 1530
Cupar Angus, Fife, Scotland
Balchristie, Cupar Angus, Fife, Scotland
April 15, 1576
Balchristie, Fife, Scotland
St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Newburn Parish, Balchristie, Fife, Scotland
St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland
St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland
St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland
March 26, 1597
Age 67
Balchristie, Newburn Parish, Fife, Scotland