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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
1849 2nd Manchester
1850 Tilbury Fort
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
ARCHIBALD Elizabeth/Isabella
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 15th February1903 Leederville Western Australia
Buried Karrakatta Cemetery
Mary Ann B 10th October 1849 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 22nd March 1853 Freshwater Bay Western Australia
M PRIOR Henry 16th January 1879 Mt Barker Western Australia
D 4th June Albany 1915 Western Australia
David B 1857 Freshwater Bay Western Australia
D c15th May 1877 at sea off Kangaroo Island South Australia
Anne B 26th April 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
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
16th July 1850 assigned Freshwater Bay Lot 298 of 9.20 acres and Lot 260 of .2 acres
Title application February 1858 Title 1106
Occupation after
Assistant Overseer York Depot 27th August 1851 – February 1852
Newspaper ArticlesThe Inquirer and Commercial News 25th June 1890 – page 3
South Australian Advertiser Monday 10th September 1860 page 2 Passenger W Finlay per Ladybird
Western Mail (Perth WA) Saturday 21st February 1903 page 23 Obituary John Robert Finlay
The Daily News Tuesday 31st July 1934 page 9 Obituary Mary Ann Benson
Departure from Western
4th September 1860 W Finlay departed King George’s Sound arrived Adelaide 9th September per Ladybird
William returned to Western Australia prior to 3rd March 1886 when he was admitted to Mt Eliza Poor house ship unknown
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.
British Army Worldwide Index
1841 William Finlay 624 Corporal 97th Ft location Depot Cork
Discharge was due to being worn out with a chronic cough and suffering from dyspnoea.
After the arrival of the Scindian at Fremantle Captain Henderson wrote a report listing the rank name, trade or calling, rate of pension, date of enlistment for 5 months service, marital status, and number of children for each pensioner. Sometimes the trade of calling differed from that recorded at the time of attestation:
Private William Finlay, general labourer, 1/-, 21st January, married , 3 children
After William deserted the family in 1860 Margaret Margery Finlay married (bigamously) Richard Simpson and had another 2 children Robert and Alice. On 2nd May 1877 the family together with Margery and William’s son David set sail on the Emily Smith for Adelaide. Unfortunately on the 15th May the ship founded just off Kangaroo Island going down with the loss of all but 5 of the 14 crew and 25 passengers including the Captain his wife and children. Two of those who made it to shore perished before help arrived. Amongst the dead was the entire Simpson family and David Finlay. There are many articles in the newspapers about the tragedy one of the worst in South Australia’s history.