From: "Montreal History and Gazeteer to the year 1892"
By Rev. J. Douglas Borthwick, John Lovell & Son, Montreal 1892

Was born at Peterhead, Scotland, 14th September, 1847.  Dr. Finnie was educated partly in the Parish School of his native place,and, after coming to Canada, in the High School of McGill College, Montreal, and latterly in  McGill University. He graduated as Doctor of Medicine from the latter Institution in 1869.  After this, he went to Edinburgh, London and Paris, walking the hospitals of these celebrated cities, and in October of that year he passed the necessary examination at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, and received from that Institution the degrees of Surgery and Midwifery. He returned to Montreal in 1879, and for the first quarter of a century has successfully practised his profession.

Dr. Finnie is well known amongst various Societies, national and other kinds, and on two occasions has been elected President of the Montreal Caledonian Society.  He has also been President of the Montreal Swimming Club. He is too busy to attend to Municipal or Provincial politics, although more than once offered positions both in the City Council and Legislature.
If time permitted he would make a valuable addition to any party to which he would ally himself. He married 9th April, 1874, Amelia Healy, daughter of the late Charles Healy, of Montreal, and has four children.

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