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Fanny Martland
Birth: 19 November 1888
Lancashire, England, UK
Death: 1 December 2001
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Age: 113 years, 12 days
Country: United Kingdom UK CanadaCAN

Fanny Martland (née Barlow; 19 November 1888 – 1 December 2001) was a British-Canadian supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She may have been the oldest known person in Canada when she died.


Fanny Martland was born as Fanny Barlow in Lancashire, England, UK on 19 November 1888, as one of 13 children born to parents John and Sarah Barlow. In June 1913, aged 24, she emigrated to Quebec, Canada.

A few years later, Fanny married Charles Martland in Quebec, but the couple never had children. Fanny and Charles moved to Montreal, Quebec and lived there together until Charles died in 1946. When Fanny was 85, she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. By the time she was a supercentenarian, she was living in Burnaby, directly east of Vancouver.

On 6 August 2001, Fanny may have become the oldest living person in Canada following the death of 113-year-old Zelda McCague, although 111-year-old Marie-Laure Nadon (1889–2001) was believed to be the oldest Canadian at the time.

Fanny Martland died in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada on 1 December 2001 at the age of 113 years, 12 days. She was succeeded as Canada’s oldest person by 111-year-old Evangeline Saulnier.


Canada's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Flore BelandEmma Bingham • (Herman Smith-Johannsen) • Mary Ann EsseryClara RobertsonAgnes MunceNellie ThompsonAlice Sjoquist • Lillian RossMarie-Louise Meilleur • Marie-Louise Meunier • Maria Mallozzi • Zelda McCague • Fanny Martland • Evangeline SaulnierAnne Samson • Julie Winnefred Bertrand • Jennie Fitzgerald • Margaret Fitzgerald • Pearl LutzkoCora Hansen • Yvonne Lamoureux • Merle Barwis • Colombe Benoit-Leclerc • Orma Slack • Marguerite Wabano • Lilian Cornell • Ellen Gibb • Sarah Patenaude-Bruyere • Phyllis Ridgway • Cecile Klein • Shige Mineshiba