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Annie Knight
Annie Knight
Birth: 6 June 1895
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Death: 27 November 2006
Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
Age: 111 years, 174 days
Country: United Kingdom UK

Annie Isabella Knight (6 June 1895 – 27 November 2006) was a Scottish supercentenarian who was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom at the time of her death. Her age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group.


Knight was born on 6 June 1895 in Glasgow, Scotland. Her family moved to Aberdeen when her father was given a job at an engineering plant. Knight was As a young woman, Knight was an active suffragette, attending demonstrations and helping to organise meetings.

Knight worked in a department store while studying from home for a degree from the London School of Music. She later worked as a piano teacher. She met her husband, William, during the First World War while he was on leave from the Royal Engineers, and they married in 1918. The couple had two sons, Harold and Bill, and were married until William's death in the 1980s.

Knight reportedly held strong political views. As well as being an outspoken advocate of women's rights, she was also a staunch Scottish Nationalist. In the 1960s, she helped to run Radio Free Scotland, a pirate radio station, from her living room as a protest against the Scottish National Party (SNP) being excluded from the airwaves.

After her husband's death, Knight moved to the Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen. She put her long life down to a diet of "porridge, no alcohol, and the occasional sweet". She died on 27 November 2006 at the age of 111 years, 174 days. Her funeral was attended by then-SNP leader and future First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond.

Longevity Records

Knight became the oldest living person in Scotland following the death of 113 year-old Lucy d'Abreu on 7 December 2005. She subsequently became the oldest living person in the whole of the United Kingdom following the death of 111 year-old Emmeline Brice on 26 July 2006, a title she held for the last four months of her life. Following Knight's death, Ada Mason became the UK's oldest living person and Marjorie MacGown became Scotland's oldest living person.


United Kingdom's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Frederick Stabbins • Jane ListerMartha Truelove • Ann Sharp • Jane Raby • Frances Smith • William Walker • Ann Russell • Eliza Roff • Ellen Palmer • Rachel MacArthur • Rachel SwainMary Davey • Thomas Pope • John Francklow • Rebecca Lees • Sarah Fitt • Elizabeth Sellwood • Matilda Coppins • Elizabeth Whitehead • Emma Rooke • Margaret Lunn • Sarah Humphrey • Caroline BealeFanny Hopkins • Elizabeth Etheridge • Sophia Wellstead • Rhoda Harris • Emma Weeks • Edith Grellier • Mary WorthingtonJane Stoneman • Ellen Dart • Elizabeth Kensley • Hannah SmithJohn Mosley TurnerAda Roe • Alice StevensonElizabeth WatkinsFrederick Butterfield • Rose Heeley • Agnes Helyar • James Harrow • Sarah Morgan • Lilias WilliamsFlorence PannellJeanetta ThomasAlice Brewster • Anna Eliza Williams • Kate Begbie • Charlotte Hughes • Daisy Adams • Rebecca Hewison • Annie Scott • Rachel Wieselberg • Lucy Askew • Annie Jennings • Eva Morris • Amy Hulmes • Nellie Bradley • Gladys Hawley • Lucy d'Abreu • Judy Ingamells • Emmeline BriceAnnie Knight • Ada Mason • Florrie Baldwin • Eunice BowmanAnnie Turnbull • Elsie SteeleMargaret Fish • Violet Wood • Grace A Jones • Ethel Lang • Gladys Hooper • Bessie CammOlive BoarGrace C JonesGwen PayneHilda ClulowBob WeightonJoan HocquardLilian PriestGertrude KingstonMollie WalkerEthel Caterham

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