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Margaret Longmire, aged 102

Margaret Longmire, aged 102


According to a short report that appeared in The Times on 26 May 1868: 'The village of Troutbeck, Windermere, has lost its oldest inhabitant. Margaret Longmire, or, as she was called in the village, "Auld Peggy", died on the 24th inst., aged 104, having been born on the 15th of April, 1764. She has only been confined to bed a few weeks, and, with the exception of being slightly deaf, retained all her faculties to the last. With her accustomed sympathy, Her Majesty sent Peggy 3l. [£3] last autumn, for she was very poor, having received parish relief for upwards of 30 years. Peggy opened the ball given in Troutbeck on the occasion of the marriage of the Prince of Wales. Longmire, the champion wrestler, is her grandson.'

Photographer unidentified.


 

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