Date of Birth: 
16 Dec 1842
Date of Death: 
10 Apr 1919

William was born at Bower, Scotland.

He married Frances Housden (born at Dorset, England in 1846) at Wimborne, Dorset in 1874.

They travelled to NZ between Oct 1884 & Feb 1886 (between the births of two of the children.)

They had five sons & four daughters. The first six children were born in England. The last three were born in Dunedin, Christchurch & Wellington. Of the nine children, five never married.

Three sons, William Jnr, John & Ernest served in WW1. Ernest enlisted twice for WW1 (1914 & 1916) & was in temporary service in WW2. John lost a son in WW2.

William was a minister. In 1890 he was in Pukerau, 1900in Christchurch, in 1905 in Levin & then the rest of his time in Wellington.

Relatives mentioned in profile: 
William Finlayson, Frances Jane Housden, James Housden, Sarah Anne Housden, James Housden Finlayson, Janet Alice Finlayson, Peter Francis Finlayson, Mary Elizabeth Scott, Annie Christina Finlayson, Benjamin Herman Meyer, Patrick Ford, Catherine Helen Finlayson, Frances Margaret Finlayson, William Alexander Finlayson, Mary Doris De Renzy, John Herbert McWilliam Finlayson, Hilda Kathleen Eliza Benton, Ernest Matthew Finlayson.