I am Finlay Kerr no fancy middle names for me although I have had to tag on a Jnr. Finlay Junior.
There is of course, Finlay Senior or Father Finlay, Old Finlay or Big Finlay. To confuse things there was Uncle Finlay but no longer and before I arrived Old Finlay was actually Grandfather Finlay!
Anyway I suppose I was wee Finlay for quite a while until I got up to big Finlay’s shoulder and as a tough rugby playing eleven year old didn’t really like being wee! So for a while I was young Finlay but at fifteen you feel pretty grown up so young doesn’t really feel right! It must have been around then that I went Junior.
Now for most of those years there weren’t many of us around us Finlays had to stick together. A few had drifted in from the West but we were a rare breed. However a strange thing happened in the late eighties or early nineties a new Finlay appeared and a female one ….in Australian soap Home and Away….what?
Surely this wasn’t the reason that soon after a veritable crowd of Finlays appeared ? There were baby Finlays everywhere. For years I was pretty certain if someone shouted Finlay it was for me! Of course if it was my Mother shouting my Father and I looked at each other and remained silent. Now I flinched as I walked down the street. Finlay stop that! Finlay get down!
Of course there were The Archies the Anguss the Bruces and the Malcolms as well. All the old Scottish names have come back in vogue.
Interestingly I got an email from a regular visitor to the B&B here in Crail, a German called Stefan who along with his wife Julia have visited every summer since I have been here at Caiplie House. In fact they got the shock of their lives last summer when they turned up and Mad John Boggie was booked in to perform his first ever stand up gig. I am not sure they got all the humour! Not even the native speakers did!
Anyway Stefan was telling me they had just had a baby boy and guess what……..after deliberating long and hard they have gone for an ancient Scottish name over a German name, there is a new Wee Finlay! Finlay Fasbender
Best wishes to you all!