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Finlaysons of Lochalsh, Kintail, Drainie & Aberdeen Scotland

Updated October 4, 2009

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The following are the main lines of my family tree that I am researching:

The Scottish lines I am researching are Finlayson (Kintail, Drainie, and Aberdeen) Elder and Ladds (Drainie, Moray), Masson (Skateraw and Stonehaven) Hird,(Peterhead and Banff), Coull (Peterhead and Banff), Cordiner (Peterhead, Aberdeen), Fraser (Aberdeen)and Booth(Aberdeen).

The English side of my research includes the names Taylor (Wigan, Lancashire), Wood (Liverpool, Lancashire), Blunt (Manchester, Hulme and Liverpool), Brown (Orrell, Lancashire and Wigan, Lancashire), Bratherton or Bretherton (Wigan, Lancashire), Aspinall(Shevington,Wigan,Lancashire) Brereton(Liverpool, Lancashire - now Merseyside)

Family Photos

  • Old Map of Peterhead (10 KB)
    Image produced from the service with permission of Landmark Information Group Ltd. and Ordnance Survey My Coull and Cordiner families lived for a time in Roneheads, Peterhead, Aberdeen
  • Finlay Finlayson, his wife Jane and baby Mary 1912 (314 KB)
    Finlay was born in 1889, son of Roderick Finlayson and Mary Ladds. He was a Marine Engineer by trade. He married Jane Masson, a neighbour. At the time of her marriage in 1910, he was living at 27 Walker Road and she lived at no. 25. They had 3 children, Finlay, who died as a baby, Mary Isabella and my grandfather, Robert who was born in 1914. Finlay continued as an engineman during WW1 but unfortunately died less than 2 years after his father, Roderick, on Monday, 7th January 1918, aged 29. He was serving as an engineman on H.M.S. Acteon, Royal Naval Reserve. He was buried at Nigg Parish Churchyard, Aberdeen, Scotland. Jane Masson was born in New Street, Stonehaven on 20 February 1887. She was the daughter of Robert Masson from Skateraw and Isabella Main. She was a fish worker when she married Finlay in 1910. Several years after Finlay's death she remarried. She married John Buthlay Robertson Ritchie in Aberdeen in 1924. She died in Aberdeen 1969.
  • Charles T. Finlayson died aboard HMS Aboukir 1914 (38 KB)
    Charles Tulloch Finlayson b, abt 1878, was the son of Donald Finlayson and Catherine Munro. Charles died 2 years before his brother Roderick whilst serving on HMS Aboukir during WW1. HMS Aboukir was a British armoured cruiser that was launched on 16 May 1900. On September 22nd 1914 it was sunk in the North Sea, 20 miles off the Dutch coast, after being torpedoed by the German submarine U-9. HMS Hogue and HMS Cressy were also torpedoed as they were stationary, trying to save the lives of the men on the Aboukir. Over 60 officers and 1300 men were lost.
  • Roderick Finlayson 1866-1916. (208 KB)
    Roderick was born 25 February 1866 in Drainie, Moray, Scotland. He married Mary Ladds there in 1888. Roderick was a trawl fisherman. During WW1, he served as a cook on the Steam Trawler 'Vineyard' (Aberdeen) Mercantile Navy. He was killed during the Great War on November 8 1916, aged 50. The Tower Hill Memorial commemorates men of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who have no known grave.
  • St Nicholas Church, Liverpool, England (10 KB)
    This is a painting of St Nicholas Church which is one of the churches where many of my ancestors in Liverpool were married and christened.
  • Robert Masson-son of Robert Masson & Isabella Main (386 KB)
    A picture of Robert Masson, son of Robert Masson & Isabella Main
  • An old map of Bundalloch, Ross and Cromarty (75 KB)
    Image produced from the service with permission of Landmark Information Group Ltd. and Ordnance Survey. My Finlayson ancestors came from this small village near Kintail.
  • Christian Masson & George Christie (283 KB)
    The wedding photograph of Christian Masson & George Christie in 1929. We would like to find out more information about this couple.
  • Roanheads, Peterhead, Aberdeen (181 KB)
    A photograph of Roanheads, the area where my Coull family lived as early as 1861.
  • Jane Masson & Family (142 KB)
    Jane Masson, her son, baby Robert Finlayson and possibly her mother Isabella Main?
  • A map of Lossiemouth (168 KB)
    A lot of my Finlayson family lived and died in Lossiemouth.
  • Old Map of Skateraw (500 KB)
    Image produced from the service with permission of Landmark Information Group Ltd. and Ordnance Survey
  • Old map of Wigan c. 1849 (265 KB)
    The Taylor family were living in Wigan at the time this map was drawn up. James Taylor was born abt 1833 in Wigan, Lancashire, England and the family remained in Wigan until the early half of the 20th century.Image produced from the service with permission of Landmark Information Group Ltd. and Ordnance Survey
  • Jane Jolliffe Tug Boat (378 KB)
    We believe that my gg grandfather, Joseph Wood, was the Captain of the Tugboat 'Jane Jolliffe' in Liverpool. The Jane Jolliffe was built in 1888 for W & T Jolliffe. It was sold in 1913 to the French and renamed Phoceen. It was sold again to the Greeks in 1925 and renamed Mimis. It was lost at Piraeus in 1941, during the Second World War.
  • The whaler Lord Saltoun assisting a ship in flames (17 KB)
    The whaler "Dublin" in flames. Boats from the "Lord Saltoun" and the American whalers "Concordia" and "S.B. House" rushed to assist the burning ship. John Coull 1938-1917 served on the "Lord Saltoun" between 1868-69
  • 'Lord Saltoun' chasing a bowhead whale (11 KB)
    My gg grandfather John Coull 1838-1917 served on board the 'Lord Saltoun' from 1868-69. This is a picture of the Lord Saltoun chasing a bowhead whale

Related Files

  • The Clan Fionnlagh or Finlayson. (3 KB)
    This document passed into our hands about 20 years ago. It talks about the origins of the Finlayson family. We would be interested if anyone knows whether this information can be verified or not. Also, we would be interested if anyone knows anything about the author of this document.
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