Mary Findlay was born on 19 May 1892 in the village of Kirkton, East Kilbride. She was the third child of Charles and Henrietta (Riddell) Findlay. In 1901 the family lived on Strathaven Road in the village of East Kilbride. Mary's father worked as a road surface man. By 1911 Mary was employed as a live-in servant in the home of Robert Eglinton in Airdrie. He was a hotelkeeper.
On 27 September 1924, 32-year-old Mary Findlay married 31-year-old William McMurdo Cherrie, a colliery wagoner living at Hunthill Road in High Blantyre. Mary Findlay lived at home with her father in East Kilbride at the time of her marriage. The couple married at 27 Oswald Street in Glasgow by declaration in front of two witnesses.
A month after their marriage, their first son, James Cherrie was born in East Kilbride. A second son followed in 1926. William Cherrie killed himself in 1939 in East Kilbride. Mary never remarried.
Her oldest son, James Cherrie, died in 1956 of leukemia. He was 32 years old.
Mary (Findlay) Cherrie died on 19 January 1964 of broncho-pneumonia and a cerebral vascular incident at Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride. She was 71 years old and lived at 86 Dalrymple Drive at the time of her death.
1901 Scotland Census, 31/03/1901 Findlay, Charles (Census 1901 643/00 002/00 009)
1901 Scotland Census, Parish: East Kilbride; ED: 2; Page: 9; Line: 5; Roll: CSSCT1901_262
1911 Scotland Census, 02/04/1911 Findlay, Mary (Census 1911 651/00 022/00 013)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1892 Findlay, Mary (Statutory Births 643/00 0037)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1924 Cherrie, William McMurdo - Findlay, Mary (Statutory Marriages 644/10 1715)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, Extract of an entry from the Register of Deaths in Scotland 6491345 CE