Midlothian resident is 106 years old today

Monday March 22nd 2021


Anne Stewart with her son James.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Anne Stewart celebrates her 106th birthday today and we understand the Rosehill Care home resident is the second oldest person in Midlothian.

She celebrated with her son James who is allowed in to see her as he has tested negative for Covid-19. James brought in a cake for the celebrations

Mrs Stewart was born 22/03/1915 at Bellvue House, Linlithgow and was one of four sisters. Kathreen the oldest, Helen and Jinty. It’s said Anne’s father possibly didn’t know how to spell Kathreen’s name and used this unique version of spelling when he registered the birth.

The family moved to Uphall and after the war Anne’s father became bank manager of the Commercial Bank there. The family lived in the flat above the bank during this time. The bank then transferred Anne’s father to Salisbury Place, Edinburgh and again the family moved into the flat above the bank.

Anne was educated at Mary Erskine School and moved onto further education in secretarial studies which was put to good use when Anne moved to London and worked for the Post Office. Anne remained in London for 3/4 yrs and upon her return met her husband, William (Bill) whose friend knew Kathreen. Anne and Bill married in Rosehall Church, Edinburgh on 23/08/1940. On 23/12/1943 they were blessed with the birth of their son James followed by their daughter Helen on 01/07/1946. Anne settled into her life as wife and mother.

Bill worked as an engraver for Alexander Pollock & Co and upon Mr Pollock’s retiral purchased the assets of the company. Anne again used her secretarial skills and managed the admin side of the business for many years. Bill sadly passed away 20/03/1972 just 2 days before Annes’ birthday.

Anne remained at home until the grand age of 100yrs old. Sadly, Anne suffered a fall in 2015 which meant she would need assistance in her day to day living. Anne moved into Rosehill on 29/10/2015 and has happily lived there since.

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