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Mum-of-8 has 90 grandkids in only family with 6 generations alive at same time

A pensioner has become a great, great, great grandma with six generations alive at the same time.

Mother-of-eight Mary Marshall, 86, – who was born four years before the start of the Second World War – boasts a whopping 90 grandchildren.

The family, stretches from Mary to youngest member Nyla Ferguson, who is just a couple of weeks old.

All the women are on the same side of the family – and except new mum Toni-Leigh work, or worked, as carers for the NHS.

 

Mary Marshall with her great great great granddaughter Nialia
Mary Marshall with her great great great granddaughter Nialia (Image: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS)

They gave birth aged 18 or younger – resulting in this super-sized family – and live in or around Edinburgh, Scotland.

Mary’s eldest Rose Thorburn, 68, has four children including mum-of-three Chyrel Borthwick, 50. Chyrel gave birth to mum-of-four Carrie Dow in 1986.

Carrie, 35, has four children, including the latest mum Toni-Leigh Aitken, 17.

And on May 25, Mary earned herself the title of Scotland’s only great-great-great grandma with the birth Nyla.

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Mary Marshall, 86, Rose, 68, Chyrel, 50, Carrie, 35, Toni-Leigh, 17, Two-week-old Niali
Mary Marshall, 86, Rose, 68, Chyrel, 50, Carrie, 35, Toni-Leigh, 17, Two-week-old Niali (Image: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS)

Due to the size of her family, Mary, from Edinburgh, says she is forgiven for not buying each and every member a birthday and Christmas present as she’d spend “half the year doing so”.

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.”

New mum Toni-Leigh, who gave birth to the newest member of the family last month, said: “When we found out I was pregnant we did make a joke about us breaking some sort of record.

The sic generation family is thought to be the biggest in Scotland
The sic generation family is thought to be the biggest in Scotland (Image: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS)
Nialia was the most recent addition to the brood
Nialia was the most recent addition to the brood (Image: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS)

“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 10-15minute drive away from one another so we see each other.

The family is so close
The family is so close (Image: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS)

“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!”

Rose, 68, said: “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.

The family has such fun when they all get together
The family has such fun when they all get together (Image: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS)

“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.

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

 

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