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Family becomes one of the only in the UK to have six generations alive at same time

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A family have become one of the only in the UK with six generations alive at the same time - with one becoming Scotland's only great-great-great-grandma aged 86.

The family stretches from oldest member Mary Marshall, 86, to their youngest member Nyla Ferguson, who is just a couple of weeks old.

Mother-of-eight Mary - who was born four years before the start of World War Two - boasts a whopping 90 grandchildren.

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

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

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

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 new mum Toni-Leigh Aitken, 17.

And on 25 May 2021, Mary earned herself the title of Scotland's only great-great-great grandma with the birth of 6lb 14oz Nyla Ferguson.

Mary Marshall, 86 with Two-week-old Nialia, Rose, 68, Chyrel, 50, Carrie, 35, Toni-Leigh, 17. 
Six generation family (thought to be biggest in Scotland) oldest is 86 and youngest is a week old.
Mary Marshall, 86 with Two-week-old Nialia, Rose, 68, Chyrel, 50, Carrie, 35, Toni-Leigh, 17. Six generation family (thought to be biggest in Scotland) oldest is 86 and youngest is a week old.

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.

"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.

"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.

"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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