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Janet Mackay
Janet Mackay
Janet Mackay on her 110th birthday in 2020
Birth: 26 March 1910
Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Death: 25 February 2021
Broxburn, West Lothian, Scotland
Age: 110 years, 336 days
Country: United Kingdom UK

Janet Isabella Mackay (26 March 1910 – 25 February 2021) was a British supercentenarian who was the oldest living person in Scotland at time of her death. Her age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Early Life

Mackay was born near Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders region of Scotland, UK, on 26 March 1910. She came from a farming family and moved around a lot when she was younger. She married Alistair Mackay in 1935 while living in Dalmahoy, Edinburgh. A year later, she gave birth to their eldest son, Sandy.

The family moved first to Carrick Knowe, a suburb in the west of Edinburgh, and then to West Lothian. Before the Second World War, Mackay worked as a nanny, but during the war she became an insurance agent. After the war, she and her husband had another son, Donald.

Later Life

In 2013, Mackay moved to a nursing home in Broxburn, West Lothian, Scotland, in order to be closer to her son, Donald. As of 2019, she had three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mackay celebrated her 110th birthday in March 2020, but her family were not able to join her for the occasion because of the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, her son Donald reported that she has macular degeneration, is almost completely deaf, and has a form of dementia.

Mackay became the oldest living woman in Scotland on 19 April 2019, following the death of Annie Lean. She subsequently became the oldest living person overall in Scotland following the death of Alf Smith on 4 August 2019.

Mackay died in Broxburn, West Lothian, Scotland on 25 February 2021 at the age of 110 years, 336 days.



Scotland's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

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