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Woman with 90 grandchildren becomes Scotland’s only great-great-great grandma


Mary with the six generations of her family, including new arrival Nyla (Picture: SWNS)

Mary Marshall is a mum of eight and has 90 grandchildren, with a family stretching over six generations.

The latest arrival, baby Nyla Ferguson, makes the 86-year-old Scotland’s only great-great-great grandma.

All the women, except new mum Toni-Leigh, work, or have previously worked, as carers for the NHS.

Head of the family Mary has eight children including eldest daughter Rose Thorburn, 68.

Rose has four children including mum-of-three Chyrel Borthwick, 50.

Chyrel gave birth to Carrie Dow in 1986.

Now, Carrie, 35, has four children, including new mum Toni-Leigh Aitken, 17.

Mary Marshall with her great great great granddaughter Nyla (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS)
L-R Toni-Leigh, 17, Chyrel, 50, Mary Marshall, 86 with Two-week-old Nyla, Rose, 68 and Carrie, 35 (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS)

And on 25 May 2021, Mary became a great-great-great grandma with the birth of 6lb 14oz Nyla.

The women gave birth aged 18 or younger resulting in this a super-sized family, who all live in or around Edinburgh, Scotland.

Mary said: ‘I’m a lucky woman to be honest with you. It’s great to have such a big family. There’s always someone there looking out for you. I’m incredibly happy.’

They are thought to be Scotland’s only six generation family (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith/SWNS)
The women all had their children before 18, resulting in the huge family (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS)

New mum Toni-Leigh said: ‘When we found out I was pregnant we did make a joke about us breaking some sort of record.

‘Then we started looking into it and it doesn’t look like anyone else has our family set-up.

‘It’s a bit too early to see a resemblance to her great-great-great-grandma but it was love at first sight when they met!

‘We live no longer than a 10-15 minute drive away from one another so we see each other.



The family time line

Mary Marshall, 86, b.June 1935

Rose Thorburn, 68, b. October 1952

Chyrel Borthwick, 50, b. July 1970

Carrie Dow, 35, b. February 1986

Toni-Leigh Aitken, 17, b October 2003

Nyla Ferguson, b. May 2021

‘We haven’t had a big do with the entire family since the pandemic but when we do it’s great fun!

‘There’s 90 grandchildren now with Nyla so it’s always pretty loud!’

Great-great grandma Rose, 68, added: ‘It’s great when you have a new baby. I’m one of eight so I’ve always had a big family in some sense.

‘But now we’re pretty big! I haven’t heard of any other family of this size in Scotland.

‘Whenever we get together there’s always fun and laughs. There’s always someone there for you.’

The family are believed to be the only family in Scotland with six generations alive at the same time.

According to Guinness World Records the most generations alive in a single family has been seven.

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