WATCH | Scottish woman's family becomes the first in the UK to have six generations alive

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"Mary becomes one of the UK's only great-great-great-grandmother at the age of 86." Photo: Supplied/ Western Mail
"Mary becomes one of the UK's only great-great-great-grandmother at the age of 86." Photo: Supplied/ Western Mail

Mary Marshall is the happiest woman to be alive in the UK. Mary was born four years before the start of the historic World War Two.

At the age of 86, Mary is a mother of eight children with 90 grandchildren in total.

All of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren gave birth at the age of 18 or younger, resulting in their super big family.

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Mary admits that because of how large her family is, she is sometimes forgiven for not buying every one of her family members gifts as she would spend half of the year buying presents.

Mary shared, "I am a lucky woman, to be honest with you. It is great to have such a big family. There is always someone there looking out for you. I am incredibly happy."

Mary's great-great granddaughter and new mom, Toni-Leigh, who gave birth to the newest member of the family, expressed that, "When we found out I was pregnant, we did make a joke about us breaking some record."

She added that they could not imagine any other family setup like theirs. 

She admitted that it is too early to see the resemblance between her child and her great-great-great grandmother, but she says that when they met, it was love at first sight.

Toni-Leigh says that it is always loud when the entire family comes together, although this family have not been together lately due to the pandemic.

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