FINLAY – William 78th and 97th Regiment

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His wife Marjory’s story by Ailsa Dunne – EPG Gazette Vol 2 No 3 2001

78th Regiment Highlanders Colours

97th Regiment Ulster

Died Pensioner Barracks

William’s son – William James – First Mayor of Albany

William Finlay’s Son EPG Gazette October 2008

Claremont Pensioner Guard Village October 2010 and July 2011 EPG Gazette

NameFINLAY – William
Regiment (s)78th and 97th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) Unknown – 78th Regiment
624 – 97th Regiment
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
16th August 1822 / 15 years /Not Stated
Cotton Spinner
Description – Height
5 Ft 9 in
Fair / Grey /Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 10 years 25 days
Mediterranean – 4 years 39 days
Length of Service21 years 341 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 10th August 1847 /Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Stockport Cheshire England
Pension Districts1847 Stockport
1850-1859 Western Australia
1859- c1885 South Australia
1886-1890 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
4th March 1850 Portsmouth Hampshire England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SCINDIAN 1st June 1850
Date/Place of Birth5 June 1807 Dundee Forfarshire Scotland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
FINLAY William
Date/Place of Birth
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
ALCOCK Margaret Marjory
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage2nd August 1837 Stockport Cheshire England
Children by 1st WifeWilliam James bap 1840 Dublin Ireland
M COPPIN Sarah 6th February 1861 Western Australia
D 16-18th June 1886 Albany Western Australia
William James’ Story – EPG_Gazette 2006
John Robert B 1843 England
M CASHAN / CASSIAN Mary 23rd December 1869 Perth
D 1903 Western Australia
Fiona McDonald B c1848
Mary Ann B c1849 Manchester Lancashire England
M BENSON John 31st December 1870 Perth Western Australia
D 30th July 1934 Mount Lawley Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Alexander B 1850 Freshwater Bay Western Australia
bur 11th May 1866 Wesleyan Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Jane B 1853 Western Australia
D 1915 Western Australia
David B 1857 Freshwater Bay Western Australia
Anne B 1859 Perth Western Australia
D 21st December 1860 Perth Western Australia
bur Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Freshwater Bay Lot 298
Occupation after
Assistant Overseer York Depot 27th August 1851 – February 1852
Newspaper ArticlesThe Inquirer and Commercial News 25th June 1890 – page 3
Departure from Western
5th September 1860 Mrs Finlay departed per Firefly for South Australia no record of William’s departure.
Returned to Western Australia c1885 (tentative) – no record of voyage
Date/Place of Death/Burial11th June 1890 Mt Eliza Depot Western Australia
bur East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
15th May 1877 aboard the Emily Smith near Kangaroo Island South Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationLanded in Ceylon 9th August 1826 and returned to England  5th September 1836. On 25th September 1828 William was transferred to the 97th Regiment when serving in Colombo.