My grandmother Martha Jane Finlay was born at Annyart on 22nd October 1886.Her father was William Finlay (born 1849 in Castleblayney) who later became head of police in Belfast.He joined the Royal Irish Police in 1868, married Sarah Ann Wilson in Helensburgh , Scotland, in 1875 and was living in Queen street Belfast at the time of his marriage.Later he became head constable in Cavan at the time of my great aunt Lizzie’s birth at 28 Kelly’s Tce Cavan on 28 October 1881 and of my great aunt Marion’s birth in 1885. I have a letter from my great aunt Sarah H Finlay (born 1878 in Castleblayney) to my mother, anddated 1938, which says that their father Wiliam Finlay (b 1849, referred to above) had parents called John Finlay and Eliza Skillan (Sarah’sspelling – maybe it should have been Skillen).Eliza’s father ,William Skillan, came from Grigg, which I think is not far north-west of Castleblayney, and he was married to an un-named Scottish lady. Sarah said that John Finlay was born in 1819 and died at the age of 75 in 1894; William’s marriage certificate (1875) said that John Finlay was a farmer.She also said that John’s parents were Billy Finlay and Nelly Smith; Nelly lived for 92 years and died before Sarah was born in 1878.I don’t remember my grandmother or her sister, Lizzie, talking of an Aunt Martha that might have been a daughter of John Finlay; nor do I have any recollection of a Hugh Finlay being mentioned by them. Sarah’s letter also commented that the Finlay families of Monaghan were all descended from Robert Finlay who moved to Co Monaghan from Scotland in 1643; tracts of land around Annyart were given to him and three Finlay Families were established around Castleblayney. I remember Martha Jane Finlay and her sister Lizzie talking of John Bailey and I think some of his descendants lived in Belfast quite near Stormont – I remember visiting the older generation (? Tom) there in the 1950s; there was also a later generation in another part of Belfast, but can’t remember the details, and have lost touch with them. My grandmother also talked of ‘Aunt Ginny’- another Finlay - who lived in a farm further up the road beyond Annyart, but I have no details of her, and would welcome any information. I visited Annyart on several occasions in the early and mid 1950s when William and Jack Finlay lived in Annyart- they are referred to in the 1911 census.William married Jean Geddes from an adjacent farm in the 1950s and they had a daughter (Margaret Elizabeth) and a son Ivan who I note (from the internet) has recently had planning permission to build a new house at Annyart.William and Jack grew flax and I remember scutching these fibres during my visits.