Take a bow Edith Ritchie and Evelyn “Evie” Middleton, you’ve just been acknowledged by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest living twins, having celebrated their 102nd birthdays last year. Just to put things into perspective, that means these average life expectancy-defying sisters from Fife, just outside Edinburgh, were alive at the same time as Florence Nightingale, Mark Twain and at a time when humanity had yet to reach the South Pole. They were born before The Titanic disaster and the first World War.
Asked what their secret to an extremely long life was, they replied: “Simple living, hard work and a good husband.” And they’ve kept themselves busy! Between them they have a staggering 8 children, 21 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren yet remarkably have never left British soil.
We bet that the Edinburgh stag do landscape has changed since they were wee nippers! In 1909, the year of the twins’ birth, grooms-to-be would certainly have been able to head out for a nice meal with their friends, just as they can do today, or perhaps even enjoy an evening in a gentlemen’s establishment, but we doubt Mr. Ritchie or Mr. Middleton would’ve been able to do things like paintballing or white water rafting that groups of stags enjoying a weekend away in Scotland can indulge in today.
One thing that hasn’t changed since the twins’ early days is Edinburgh’s reputation as a beacon of traditional architecture, culture and heritage. It would seem that most lads choosing to hold their stag do in the Scottish capital do so in order to enjoy the finer things in life so they’re most certainly in good hands in Edinburgh!
We here at The Stag Company towers will be keeping a watchful eye over the fate of Edith and Evelyn, because judging by the photo these sprightly centurions could quite feasibly keep going and going and going!