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Donald Finlayson

Donald Finlayson

Donald (1894-1974) was a son of Donald Finlayson and Ann Mackinnon, 2 Marvig. 

On 16th December 1911 Donald joined the Royal Naval Reserve (his service numbers were A3955, C4561, D4458 and EX911). His record indicates that he was 5ft 8½ in tall with black hair, brown eyes, a fresh complexion and a tattoo of a sailor and a cross inscribed "in memory of my dear father". Donald was a fisherman on Banff, Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Stornoway registered fishing boats.

He was mobilised on 4th August 1914 and served in the Royal Navy in the First World War as a Seaman/Gunner. Based at HMS Excellent and aboard HMS Kinfauns and  HMS Victory and is mentioned in Loyal Lewis : Roll of Honour 1914-1918.

After the War Donald returned to fishing on lobster boats and the Maggie Macdonald.

In Lochs, in 1919,  he married Catherine Macleod of 4 Caverstay. Donald and Catherine settled at 2 Marvig and they had five children. 

Donald was widowed in 1928  and in Stornoway in 1929 he married Murdina Macleod of 5 Keose. Donald and Murdina had three daughters.


Title: Donald Finlayson
Record Type: People
Gaelic Name: Dòmhnall Dhòmhnaill Dhòmhnaill
Also Known As: Doilean Dhomhnuill Bhig
Date of Birth: 10-09-1893
Date of Death: 1974
Date of Marriage: 14-01-1919
Occupation: Fisherman, Royal Naval Reservist, Royal Navy
Sex: Male
Bk Reference: CEP 245
Record Maintained By: CEP
Subject Id: 14958