Annie Turnbull
Annie Turnbull
Birth: 21 September 1898
Haywood, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK
Death: 3 September 2010
Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Age: 111 years, 347 days
Country: United Kingdom UK

Annie Ellis Turnbull (née Walker; 21 September 1898 – 3 September 2010) was a British supercentenarian who was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom at the time of her death. She was also the last surviving British person born in 1898. Her age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group.


Early Life

Turnbull was born on 21 September 1898 in Haywood, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Her family moved to Stoneyburn, West Lothian, when she was about four years old.

After leaving school as a teenager, Turnbull moved to Edinburgh where she worked as a house maid, a job she held for most of her life. She worked in private residences, where she met writer Rudyard Kipling and actor Gordon Jackson. She had two children, both daughters.

Later Life

Turnbull retired at the age of 76. She lived without hot water until she was 92. She moved into a care home in Leith, Edinburgh, shortly before her 110th birthday in 2008. She credited her longevity to "hard work" and a "daily glass of sherry".

Turnbull died on 3 September 2010 at the age of 111 years, 347 days. At the time of her death, she had four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Longevity Records

On 19 September 2008, two days before turning 110, Turnbull became the oldest living person in Scotland following the death of 110 year-old Alexina Calvert. She later became the oldest living person in the whole of the United Kingdom following the death of 111 year-old Eunice Bowman on 16 July 2010. She also became the last surviving British person born in 1898.

Following Turnbull's death on 3 September 2010, Elsie Steele of England became the UK's oldest living person, while Marion Richardson became Scotland's oldest living person.


United Kingdom's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Frederick Stabbins • Jane ListerMartha Truelove • Ann Sharp • Jane Raby • Frances Smith • William Walker • Ann Russell • Eliza Roff • Ellen Palmer • Rachel MacArthur • Rachel SwainMary Davey • Thomas Pope • John Francklow • Rebecca Lees • Sarah Fitt • Elizabeth Sellwood • Matilda Coppins • Elizabeth Whitehead • Emma Rooke • Margaret Lunn • Sarah Humphrey • Caroline BealeFanny Hopkins • Elizabeth Etheridge • Sophia Wellstead • Rhoda Harris • Emma Weeks • Edith Grellier • Mary WorthingtonJane Stoneman • Ellen Dart • Elizabeth Kensley • Hannah SmithJohn Mosley TurnerAda Roe • Alice StevensonElizabeth WatkinsFrederick Butterfield • Rose Heeley • Agnes Helyar • James Harrow • Sarah Morgan • Lilias WilliamsFlorence PannellJeanetta ThomasAlice Brewster • Anna Eliza Williams • Kate Begbie • Charlotte Hughes • Daisy Adams • Rebecca Hewison • Annie Scott • Rachel Wieselberg • Lucy Askew • Annie Jennings • Eva Morris • Amy Hulmes • Nellie Bradley • Gladys Hawley • Lucy d'Abreu • Judy Ingamells • Emmeline BriceAnnie Knight • Ada Mason • Florrie Baldwin • Eunice BowmanAnnie Turnbull • Elsie SteeleMargaret Fish • Violet Wood • Grace A Jones • Ethel Lang • Gladys Hooper • Bessie CammOlive BoarGrace C JonesGwen PayneHilda ClulowBob WeightonJoan HocquardLilian Priest

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