Kate Begbie
Kate Begbie
Kate Begbie on her 111th birthday
Birth: 9 January 1877
Shropshire, England
Death: 5 September 1988
Age: 111 years, 240 days
Country: United Kingdom UK

Jane Catherine "Kate" Begbie (9 January 1877 – 5 September 1988) was a British supercentenarian who was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom at the time of her death. She was also the first supercentenarian from Scotland. Her age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group.


Begbie was born on 9 January 1877 in Shropshire, England, but moved to Dundee, Scotland, when she was still an infant. She could recall her mother talking about the Tay Bridge Disaster that occured in 1879. Begbie worked as a primary school teacher, and in her later life she lived in a nursing home in Dundee. She had at least one child, a daughter.

Begbie attributed her longevity was due to avoiding cigarettes and drinking alcohol very moderately. At the age of 110, Begbie voted for Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party in the 1987 UK general election. She died on 5 September 1988 at the age of 111 years, 240 days.

Longevity Records

On 9 January 1987, Begbie celebrated her 110th birthday, thus becoming the first person to ever reach this milestone in Scotland. At 111 years, 240 days, she remained the oldest person from Scotland ever documented until Annie Scott surpassed her age on 11 November 1994.

Begbie became the oldest living person in the United Kingdom following the death of 114 year-old Anna Eliza Williams on 27 December 1987. Following her own death on 5 September 1988, Charlotte Hughes became the UK'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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