Annie Turnbull

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Annie Turnbull
Born (1898-09-21)21 September 1898
Haywood, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died 3 September 2010(2010-09-03)
(aged 111 years, 347 days)
Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland

Annie Ellis Turnbull (née Walker; 21 September 1898 – 3 September 2010)[1] was, at the time of her death, aged 111 years, 347 days, the oldest person in the United Kingdom since the death of Eunice Bowman on 16 July 2010. Turnbull had been the oldest person in Scotland since the death of Alexina Calvert on 19 September 2008. When asked about the secret of her long life, she said "keeping calm".

Born in Haywood, Lanarkshire, Turnbull moved to Stoneyburn, West Lothian, around 1902. After leaving school at the age of 14 she moved to Edinburgh. She went into service as a table-maid, a job she held for most of her life. She worked in private residences, where she met Rudyard Kipling and Gordon Jackson. She retired aged seventy-six. She lived without hot water until she was 92.

Turnbull moved into the Victoria Manor Care Home prior to her 110th birthday in 2008. She credited her longevity to hard work and a daily glass of sherry.[2][3]

She had 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.[2] She died on 3 September 2010 at the Victoria Manor care home in Leith,[4] 18 days before what would have been her 112th birthday. After her death, 111-year-old Elsie Steele became the oldest living British person.

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  1. ^ Validated living supercentenarians The Gerontology Research Group lists persons as 'living' whose age has been validated and confirmed to be alive within the past year.
  2. ^ a b Winter, Fay (2008-09-22). "I'm 110, it might be time to move into a care home". Scotsman News. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  3. ^ "Scotland's oldest person celebrates 111th birthday in Edinburgh". STV. 2009-09-21. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  4. ^ "UK's 'oldest woman' Annie Turnbull dies aged 111". BBC News. 2009-09-21. Archived from the original on 8 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 

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Preceded by
Eunice Bowman
Oldest person in the United Kingdom
16 July 2010 – 3 September 2010
Succeeded by
Elsie Steele