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Alf Smith
Alf Smith
Alf Smith at the age of 109 in 2017
Birth: 29 March 1908
Invergowrie, Perthshire, Scotland
Death: 4 August 2019
Perth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Age: 111 years, 128 days
Country: United Kingdom UK

Alfred Smith (29 March 1908 – 4 August 2019) was a Scottish supercentenarian. He is the only Scottish man on record to reach supercentanarian status and holds the record of the oldest Scottish man ever. He was also the joint-oldest living man in the United Kingdom at the time of his death, a title he shared with Bob Weighton of England.


Early Life

Smith was born on 29 March 1908 in Invergowrie, Perthshire, Scotland. He was the fifth of six sons born to John and Jessie Smith. He attended Invegowrie Primary School and Harris Academy, Dundee before leaving school at the age of 14. He emigrated to Canada with his eldest brother in 1927, but moved back to Scotland after five years to help run the family farm following the death of his father.

Smith married Isobel Harper in 1937, and the couple had two children, Allan (died 2016) and Irene. Smith served in the Home Guard during the Second World War.

Later Life

Smith retired from farming at the age of 70, but continued to go to the farm until well into his eighties. Following the death of his wife aged 97 in 2003, Smith lived alone in St. Madoes, Perth and Kinross, Scotland. In 2015, when he was 107, Smith met with 105 year-old Jessie Sinclair (who would later become a supercentenarian herself) and 103 year-old Wilhelmina "Neen" Reid, who all shared a mutual friend.

Following a fall in August 2016, Smith moved to nearby Perth to live with his daughter, Irene. Every year for the last few years of his life, Smith exchanged birthday cards with Bob Weighton, who was born on the same day as him. Smith died on 4 August 2019 at the age of 111 years, 128 days.

Longevity Records

Smith became the oldest living man in Scotland following the death of Tom MacIver on 18 April 2014. He became the oldest living person overall in Scotland following the death of Irene Chapman on 18 December 2015. Along with Bob Weighton, Smith became the joint-oldest living man in the United Kingdom following the death of John Mansfield on 27 November 2016.

Smith celebrated his 110th birthday in March 2018, making him the first recorded Scottish man to become a supercentenarian. At the time of his death in August 2019, Smith was the joint-sixth oldest man ever recorded in the United Kingdom, although he dropped to seventh when Weighton surpassed him the following day. After Smith's death, the oldest livng person in Scotland became Janet Mackay (1910-2021) and the oldest living man in Scotland became Jimmy Sinclair of Fife (1912-2020).



United Kingdom's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

George Stanforth • John Mosley Turner • John Leng • Frederick Butterfield • James Harrow • Ernest Oxley • Harry Durrant • Arthur Emanuel • James Sellers • Walter Sandford • George Simms • Henry Norman • John Orton • Alfred Grant • John Evans • Samuel Crabbe • Joseph Randle • Jesse Yewdall • William Proctor • David Davies • Vinson Gulliver • David Henderson • Harry Halford • William Lee • Frederick Moore • Harry Laverick • Jerzy Pajaczkowski-Dydynski • Henry Allingham • Harry Patch • Stanley Lucas • Edward Anderson • Reg Dean • Ralph Tarrant • Harold Bracher • Frank Simes • John Mansfield • Alf Smith • Bob Weighton • Harry Fransman • John Tinniswood

Scotland's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Agnes Percy • Jean Hill • Martha Strachan • Agnes Fleming • Barbara Black • Jane Hamilton • Mary Hardie • Catherine Donald • Agnes McCandlish • Jean MacFee • Euphemia Sutherland • Jane McWilliam • Augusta Murray-Gartshore • Elspet Adan • Rachel Innes • Margaret Johnston • Margaret Geddes • Margaret Inglis • Jane McDonald • Janet Stalker • Elizabeth Barr • Mary Macduff • Catherine Lindsay • Agnes Murdoch • Helen Stuart • Rachel MacArthur • Isabella Miller • Frances Shakerley • Mary Munro • Isabella Fraser • William Kirkpatrick • Isabella MacLeod • Margaret MacLeod • Margaret Thom • Catherine Nicoll • Agnes Linklater • Mary Cross • Jane Speir • Isabella Diack • Mary Chisholm • Mary Lennox • Margaret Barnett • Margaret Baptie • Christina Preston • James Morrison • Jane Thomson • Mary Gibson • Jean Drysdale • Mina Fraser • Mary McPhee • Margaret Rutherford • Agnes Couper • Wilhelmina Reid • Mary MacMurray • Edith Ritchie • Margaret Ashby • Jane Mathie • Edith Kelly • Violet Oswald • Jessie Hardcastle • Henry Kempton • Mary Flockhart • Margaret Haxton • Kate Begbie • Ruth Dundas • Maggie Clouston • Mary Keddie • Mary Neilson • Annie Scott • Jane Cross • Jane Garry • Peggy MacLeanRita DonnJane RedpathAgnes KinnearLucy d'AbreuAnnie KnightMarjorie MacGownAlexina Calvert • Annie Turnbull • Marion Richardson • Janet Roberts • Janet Brown • Maria Lazzeri • Jessie Gallan • Irene Chapman • Alf Smith • Janet Mackay • Lois Fraser • Marion Dawson

Scotland's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Andrew AmosAlexander MacPhailJames MathisonWilliam KirkpatrickThomas MaxwellRobert SpenceWilliam GreenSamuel BrownJames WebsterWilliam LaidlawJohn MacraeThomas SeniorPeter MelvilleGavin AllanJohn YoungAngus MacLeodJames WattDonald MaclellanRobert GrieveHenry ReidJohn MacaskillWilliam LaingGeorge WilkieDonald MacInnesJames MatchesJames BalnavesJames MorrisonJoseph McVinnieFrancis MathisonJohn MacGregorJohn DykesJohn NeillJames OgilvieAlexander PirieGeorge FergusonWilliam MairJock SmithAlexander MackayTom PetrieGeorge McLarenHenry KemptonAndrew MainGilbert CampbellJohn McNallyWilliam BurnsLachlan MacQueenGilbert WatsonAngus OrrWilliam EelesJohn GlendinningRobert McBrideJohn BarrJohn MortonAndrew DrummondPeter CummingsJames HardyDavid HendersonErnest ClucasEwen RossSandy GallAlfred AndersonJames WotherspoonBob TaggartSam LatterJohn HodgeLeo TavelliDavid CampbellJames HaganFrank SaundersTom MacIverAlf SmithJimmy SinclairChic KennedyWalter SharpGeorge PollardDavid Crawford