Clan Findlay


variations in the Farquharson lines descend from Findla Mor(e),

famous for being killed while serving as Royal Standard Bearer at the Battle of Pinkie in 1547.

The clan Finley was outlawed after the McBeadea thing

as a result joined the clan Farquharson.

A Finley was, from that point on, Chief of the clan Chatten, which was a group of clans.

The Finley’s were ancient royalty.

Fergus McFinlay, also known as Farquhar Shaw of Rothiemurchus, was a tenant of Rossen

Cromarty in 1210. He married a McHardy heiress of Invercauld in Aberedeenshire, making this

the Clan seat . Eugenius was the fourth son of Fergus and was also known as Shaw Farquhar[son]

who was murdered by Walter,Seneschal of Scotland in 1223. This is claimed as the origin of the

Clan Farquharson. Fearchar McFinlay lived in Aberdeenshire in 1236 and was recognized as chief

of the bannished clan FIONNLADH [FINLAY]. Farquharson is of celtic origin. Some of them were

originally known by SHAW. The offspring of the Shaw of Rothiemurchus took the name FARQUHARSON.

The Clan Farquharson was derived from the Farquharsons of Inverclaud, the main branch was

Farhuhar or Fearchard, a son of Alister "Keir Mackintosh or Shaw of Rotheiemurchus, grandson

of Shaw Mor. Farquhar who lived in the reign of James III (1460-1488).

Finlay, Findlay, Finley, Finlayson derived from the Gaelic "fionnlaoch" meaning fair hero.

Finlayus witness in 1246.

Fynlai provost on Stirling in 1327.

Findlay mor of Great Findlay was killed at Pinkie in 1547: he was a grandson of Fearchar

from which the nameFarquharson was derived.

Clan Farguharson, Clan MacKintosh and Clan Shaw descend from the original Clan Fionnlaidh

(Finley). This old Clan was outlawed when Macbeth & Lulach was defeated by Malcolm-111.

The Clan Farquharson descend from Eugenius MacFionley (Farquhar Shaw) fourth son of Alexander

Shaw of Rothurmurius, chief of the Clan Fionnlaidh,a Sept of the original Hail-Kin Clan Chattan.

This Farquhar lived in the early part of the 13th century. The olden Clan Fionnlaidh descend

from Fiacha O’Fhionnholia, King of Northern Ireland around 50ad.

In 40 AD, Fiacha O’Fhionnholaia, (the White-Oxen) the son of the "Fair-One" or "Fair-King",

would become King of Ireland. His descendants were known as the Tribe or Clan of Fhionnlaidh.

(The Fair-Warriors).

In 475 AD, the Dalriadian Scots of Northern Ireland would began to make settlements in southwest

Alba (Scotland). In 500 AD, Fergus McErc, would consolidate the Scots into one Kingdom known as

Dalriadia of Alba. In 840, Kenneth McAlpin would join the Kingdoms of the Scots and Picts of

Alba into one nation that was to become know as Scotland.

By the 10th century the Clan Fhionnlaidh had established itself in the District of Moray.

Around 1010, Finley MacRuidri became the Earl of Moray and Chief of the Clan Fhionnlaidh.

The House of Moray was a rival to the Scottish Throne with that of the House of Attoll. Finley

also married Donada, the daughter of King Malcolm-11 of the House of Attoll. In 1020, Finley

would be murdered by his nephew, Gilacomgan, who would assume the Earldom.

Macbeth MacFionnlaidh was born in 1005, the son of Finley the Earl of Moray and Donada,

daughter of King Malcolm-11. In 1030 he would seek revenge for the murder of his father and

kill his cousin Gilacomgan and take back the Earldom for the Clan. He also married the widow

of Gilacomgan, Grouch. She was the granddaughter of former King Kenneth-11.

In 1034, Malcolm-11 would die with no male heir in line for the throne. On his death bed he

selected his grandson Duncan to become King. Duncan was a descendant of the House Attoll, who’s

mother was the daughter of King Malcolm-11. By 1040, Duncan’s reign had become insecure because

of defeats on the battle field. In the autumn of 1040, Duncan would travel north with his army

nd attack his cousin Thorfinn and his forces. Macbeth would join his forces with Thorfinn and

King Duncan would be defeated and killed on the battle field. Macbeth would travel to Scone,

the Capital of Scotland, and be crowned King.

Macbeth would serve on the throne for seventeen years. He was a resolute and confident King, not

the crazed murder bothered by nightmares and a nagging wife as portrayed by Shakespeare.In 1050,

he would travel to Rome and have audience with the Pope.

In 1054, Malcolm-111, the son of the late King Duncan would invade Scotland with a large army

provided by the English. The Battle that took place was bloody but Macbeth still controlled the

throne. In 1057, Malcolm would again invade into Scotland and would defeat and kill Macbeth.

The Scottish clans would not support Malcolm and placed Lulach, the stepson of Macbeth, on the

throne. In the summer of 1058, Malcolm would defeat and kill Lulach and take the Scottish throne.

Members of the Clan Fionnlaidh and it’s supporters would either be killed or escape into the

wilderness of the District of Mar. The Clan would later emerge as one of the Clans of the great

confederation of the Clan Chattan. During the latter part of the thirteenth century, the clan

members would become emerged with the Clan Farquharson. In the sixteenth century, the Clan

Farquharson would become known as the Clan of Finley because of their Chief Finla Mor’, a

hero at the battle of Pinkie in 1547. The Clan Farquharson would loose many brave clansmen

at the Battle of Culloden in 1745. The Finley’s and other Scotsmen would begin to sail to

America by the end of the seventeenth and throughout the eighteenth century.

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