David White Finlay England Scotland

Biography of David White Finlay

David White Finlay graduated from the University of Glasgow BA 1860 and MD 1864.

Finlay was born in 1840 in Glasgow and his father was a merchant in the Glasgow business of Finlay & Neilson. He was educated at Glasgow High School before entering the University and gaining his BA and MD (with commendation). He then took the D.P.H. of Cambridge in 1883 and was elected F.R.C.P.Lond. in 1885. He also studied in Vienna for a time before holding an appointment as a physician in the Middlesex Hospital and lecturer on clinical medicine, forensic medicine, and public health in the medical school. He also became consulting physician to the Royal Hospital for Diseases of the Chest in London.

In 1891 Finlay was appointed Regius Professor of the Practice of Medicine at the University of Aberdeen and was physician to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. He was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in 1907 and became Emeritus Professor upon retirement in 1912.

Honours he received include Honorary LLD degrees at the Universities of Aberdeen and Yale and in 1908 King Edward VII appointed him one of his honorary physicians in Scotland. King George V conferred a similar honour upon him in 1911. Professor Finlay represented the University of Aberdeen on the General Medical Council from 1901-11 and contributed many articles to the journals and transactions of medical societies.

During the War he was temporary lieutenant-colonel R.A.M.C. and managed the Scottish National Red Cross Hospital at Bellahouston, Glasgow.

He married his wife Catherine Thompson in 1878 and they had 8 children.

Finlay retired to Helensburgh where he died on 4th November 1923.


David White Finlay
GU Degrees: BA, 1860; MD CM, 1864;
University Link: Graduate
Record last updated: 22nd Sep 2016

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