Name: Galfridius or Geoffrey de Fynlater
Residence: Findlater, Banffshire
Occupation: Hereditary sheriff of Banff
Change Date: 31 AUG 2008
The earliest Findlater on record is Galfridius (or Geoffrey) de Fynlater. He was the hereditary sheriff of Banff and is recorded as holding an inquest in 1342. His daughter married Richard Sinclair, a younger son of Roslyn, in 1366. She resigned the lands into the hands of the king and they were regranted to "Ricardo de Sancto Claro and his wife Joanna de Fynletyr." In 1381 Robert II granted Sir John Sinclair the Grieveship of Cullen. In 1391 Johannes de Sancto Claro de Deskford and Ricardus de Fynletter were put to the horn, or outlawed, possibly in connection with the burning of Elgin Cathedral. This took place in 1390 and was initiated by the ?Wolf of Badenoch?.
The lands passed by the marriage in 1437 of Margaret heiress of Sir John Sinclair of Findlater, son of Sir John and grand-son of Richard Sinclair and Joanna de Fynletyr, to Walter Ogilvie of Auchleven, a branch of the Ogilvies, descendants of the Mormaers of Angus.
We do not hear of a Findlater between 1391, when Johannes de Sancto Claro de Deskford and Ricardus de Fynletter were put to the horn, and 1527, at which time the name reappears at Aberdeen in a "Preceptum Remissionis Willelmi Findletter, et ii aliorum, pro actionibus presciptis etc".
Findlater or Fynletyr is on the coast of Banffshire, some few miles west of Banff itself, at Sandend. King Alexander III, anticipating in the early 1260s an invasion by King Hako of Norway, ordered that the royal castles of Aberdeen, Banff and Cullen and the baronial castles of Dunnottar, Slains, Dundarg, Boyne and Findlater should be inspected and repaired.
There would appear to be no remains of that thirteenth century castle, as the Vikings subsequently occupied the site for some time. Sir John Sinclair of Findlater, who died in 1411 at the battle of Harlaw, which ended the Earl of Ross? rebellion, is probably the builder. The castle is clearly modelled on Roslyn, which was the principal stronghold of the Sinclair family. Thus Findlater Castle would date from the end of the fourteenth century, being built after Roslyn.
- Joanna de Fynletyr
- Text: http://www.findlater.org.uk