John Houston Finlay was born on 18 April 1905 at 5 Elphinstone Street in the Govan district of Glasgow. His parents were James and Mary (Houston) Finlay and his father worked as a wire weaver.
On 26 June 1931 John married Elizabeth Riddell Paton at the MacLeod Church in Glasgow according to the forms of the Church of Scotland. He was 26 years old, lived at 439 Govan Road in Glasgow and worked as a tire maker. He and Elizabeth had one known daughter.
John Houston Finlay died at the Gartnavel General Hospital in Glasgow of prostate cancer. He was 79 years old, a retired rubber worker and lived at 14 Borland Street in Bearsden, Dunbartonshire, Scotland before his death.
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1905 Finlay, John Houston (Statutory Births 646/02 0752)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1931 Finlay, John Houston - Paton, Elizabeth Ridde (Statutory Marriages 644/08 0085)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, Extract of an entry from the Register of Deaths in Scotland 6512901 CE