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A Findlay Family History
Descendants and Relations of Alexander Findlay

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Lester and Elizabeth, Wedding Day, 1916
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Lester and Elizabeth Capels, Wedding Day, 1916

My grandmother, Elizabeth Easton Findlay, was born in 1893 in Cumbernauld County, Dunbartonshire, Scotland among [at least, perhaps] eight children.  At some point in her early 20s, she emigrated from Scotland to Halifax, Canada.  It was in Canada she met and married my grandfather, Lester Henry Capels, who would later abandon her and their seven children in Syracuse, New York. What of the family she left behind in Scotland?

Clan Farquharson
The name Findlay is a sept among the Clan Farquharson.  According to The Clans Collection from Lang Syne, "the Clan was founded by Farquhar, Son of Shaw of Rothiemurchas, who held land in the Moray Firth as early as 1153.  The Clan is part of the Great Clan Confederation called "Chattan" or the Menn of the Cat.  The Chiefship is vested in Farquharson of Invercauld." [Source: The Clans Collection from Lang Syne, Lang Syne Publishing,1990.]

"This Clan, one of the stronger branches of the Clan Chattan, derives from Farquhar, 4th Shaw of Rothiemurchus.  A prominent name in its annals is that of Finlay Mor Scottish Standard Bearer, who fell at Pinkie in 1547.  In the rising of 1715, the Farquharsons gathered over 140 men for the Clan Chattan Regiment, and it was Anne, daughter of Invercauld, and wife of Mackintosh, who contrived the "Rout of Moy", a strategem whereby a handful of men scattered the Redcoats and saved the Prince from danger.   Besides the Chiefly House of Invercauld, the principal branches of the Farquharsons were those of the Monaltrie, Whitehouse and Finzean, all in Aberdeenshire." [Source: Ingles Buchan (Textiles) Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland; a tag attached to a Farquharson tartan scarf.]

There is great risk in reading too much into isolated pieces of information.   Imagine trying to figure out what an elephant looks like with only a toe, an ear, or just the snout as clues.   The further we go back in to time, limited available records--if we're lucky to find any at all--provide only a momentary glimpse into a situation, and often subject to the interpretation or limitations of the person recording it.

I have tried to be diligent in recording the sources of my information so that it can be judged by myself and others as to its reliability.   Just because a record exists does not mean it was recorded accurately, whether by the scribe or the original provider.   But such records are helpful in providing us with clues that could help verify our assumptions or point us in new directions.

Photos help remind us that this is about more than facts and statistics; these were real people of flesh, bone, and blood.   They experienced the adventures of youth, the trials and tribulations of raising a family, the struggles of work and making ends meet, the joys of traditions, and the sorrows of loss.   Some died young; others lived long, fruitful lives.   In some cases, we may even see a reflection of one another.

Any information, corrections, clippings, suggestions, and/or photos offered that will help weave the fabric and reveal the texture of our family's history will be greatly appreciated. All photos or other original documents will be handled with great care, copied, and promptly returned to their owner, unless instructed otherwise. While I am eager for ANY information, including stories and oral histories, that will help tell our story, I also want to be respectful of people's privacy and to use discretion in matters that may be sensitive.

This document is only as complete and accurate as the information available up to this moment. No doubt it will continue to evolve over time, as it should. I hope you enjoy the Findlay story.

Information to share? Please contact me at [email protected].

Descendants of Alexander Findlay

WorldConnect Data for Elizabeth Easton Findlay Capels
WorldConnect Descendant Register Report for Elizabeth Easton Findlay Capels
Descendant Outline for Elizabeth Easton Findlay Capels
Pedigree Chart for Elizabeth Easton Findlay Capels


Poems of Robert Bryson
Featuring accounts of "Wee Dick" Findlay
  • The Righead Story
  • The Mainhead Story
  • Wee Dick Joins The Sodjers
  • The Dullator Story

    Family Photos
    Findlay Family, abt. 1896
    The Findlays
    Scotland, abt. 1896
    Elizabeth and Lester Capels, Wedding Day
    Elizabeth Findlay & Lester Capels, Wedding Day, 1916
    Elizabeth and Lester Capels, Wedding Day
    Elizabeth Findlay & Lester Capels, Wedding day
    Family Visit, 1963
    Family Visit
    Scotland 1963
    Jimmy Welsh and his trophies
    Jimmy Welsh & his Trophies
    Scotland, date unknown
    The Boss
    The Boss
    Scotland, date unknown
    Findlay and Capels visit, abt. 1964
    Peggy (Findlay) Reid visiting with the Capels, abt. 1964

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