Jessica Brown Findlay

by follers on June 4, 2014

2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards - Arrivals

Birth Name: Jessica Rose Brown-Findlay

Place of Birth: Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 14 September, 1987

Ethnicity: Scottish, English, Irish, Welsh

Jessica Brown Findlay is a British actress.

Jessica’s paternal grandfather was William Peter Brown-Findlay (the son of William Brown Findlay and Annie Cowan Murdoch). Jessica’s grandfather William was born in Glasgow, Scotland. Jessica’s great-grandfather William was the son of James or Alexander Findlay and Jessie Miller Brown. Jessica’s great-grandfather hyphenated his middle name, Brown, into his surname, Findlay, creating the surname Brown-Findlay. Jessica’s great-grandmother Annie was the daughter of Richard Oliver Murdoch and Annie Dow Cowan.

Jessica’s paternal grandmother was Isobel Mary Cumming (the daughter of George William Cumming and Margaret/Daisy Beatson). Isobel was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. George was born in Plymouth, England, the son of George Ross Cumming, who was from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and of Minnie Mary Flynn, whose parents were Irish. Margaret was the daughter of Robert Beatson and Isabella.

Jessica’s maternal grandfather is Keith D. Neale (the son of Edward Davies Neale and Margaret Isabel Wilson). Keith was born in Chertsey, Surrey. Edward was the son of Albert Edward Neale and Hannah Davies, who was from Glanmule, Montgomeryshire, Wales. Margaret was the daughter of Job Wilson and Margaret Grace Fitzgerald.

Jessica’s maternal grandmother is Betty A. Caswell (the daughter of John Thomas Caswell and Elizabeth Sophia Poulton). John was the son of George Caswell and Edith Rose Franklin. Elizabeth was the daughter of Ernest Poulton and Annie Amelia Fouracre/Foreacre.

Sources: Partial family history of Jessica Brown Findlay –

Genealogy of Jessica Brown Findlay –

Photo by

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Holly12 March 13, 2018 at 8:20 am

Also Ethni could you do a profile for ‘Downton Abbey’ Actress Laura Carmichael, as you’ve done profiles for Jessica Brown-Findlay and Michelle Dockery who were both on the show to. Laura’s ancestry is English I believe and Laura’s Leeds-born great-grandfather on her father’s side was Captain Norman Blackburn, a World War One flying ace and aviation pioneer. There’s more information about her family at this link here >

I also believe Laura may have Scottish ancestry, as the surname ‘Carmichael’ is a Scottish surname to. Thank-you.

HamarFFox March 28, 2016 at 2:24 pm

At the great-great-great grandparental level, she is:

10/32 Unknown (probably Scottish)
2/32 Unknown (probably Welsh)
4/32 Scottish
3/32 Irish
13/32 English

8 of the unknowns come from the fact I know nothing about her great grandparents William Brown Findlay and Annie Cowan Murdoch.

follers March 28, 2016 at 2:26 pm

So her mother is of 3/16 Irish descent?

HamarFFox March 28, 2016 at 3:07 pm

No, her mother is 1/16 Irish and her dad is 2/16 Irish (assuming his unknown ancestry is all Scottish). Her mother is 1/8th Welsh, but I couldn’t identify her Welsh ancestress’ parents, because of how common their names were.

HamarFFox March 26, 2016 at 8:17 pm

Scotland is always a tricky place to get started. Not many member trees to look at, but was George William Cumming born in Plymouth in 1892?

Do you have a DOB for Annie Cowan Murdoch? There are a few, and I’m not sure which one she is.

Finally, was Margaret/Daisy Beatson born Margaret or Daisy? If Margaret, then was she the Margaret Beatson born in 1893 in Edinburgh to Robert and Isabella?


follers March 26, 2016 at 8:41 pm

George William Cumming was born in 1892 in Devon. His wife is listed as Margaret (Daisy) Beatson, born in 1893 in Edinburgh, but her parents’ names aren’t listed. As for Annie, I’m not sure.

I’m getting these off trees here. You can search for names and put in the spouse’s last name to help find them.

Kimmel March 16, 2016 at 6:56 pm

Always thought she was part Black. Shame really…

HamarFFox March 28, 2016 at 2:26 pm
Cossette May 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm

“Part black”?! “A shame”? A lot of Celtic girls look just like her.

Dogg January 30, 2016 at 8:23 am

Beautiful for a Brit.

Cossette May 25, 2016 at 12:31 pm

Wow, you don’t know many real British people, do you?!

ses101 March 26, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Lots of Brits look like her. Lots of good looking Brits don’t look like her as well. Have you been there?

cwm85 September 8, 2015 at 5:51 pm

She is pretty.

Previous post:

Next post: