Dalkeith centenarian Edna Mulley’s long and eventful life

Edna is pictured with Deputy Lord Deputy Lieutenant of Midlothian David Bowes-Lyon and Provost Adam Montgomery.
Edna is pictured with Deputy Lord Deputy Lieutenant of Midlothian David Bowes-Lyon and Provost Adam Montgomery.

Midlothian’s latest centenarian has celebrated her 100th birthday with a family lunch at Dalkeith Indoor Bowling Club.

Great-grandmother Edna Mulley, who had enjoyed a party at Dalkeith’s Masonic Hall the previous day, asked well-wishers to make a charitable donation instead of buying presents.

The £550 raised will be shared between the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Cancer Research, Marie Curie Hospice, McMillan Nurses and Children in Need.

Edna was born on September 4, 1911, to Louisa Jane (nee Dolby) and Joseph Williams. She was the third of four children and has survived her siblings Herbert, Nora and Doris.

The family lived on the Cheshire/Flintshire border. Tragedy struck when both her parents died of flu within weeks of each other, aged 33.

Edna was separated from her siblings when she was sent to live with her aunt, Annie Williamson. She was forced to leave school at 14 and work on Annie’s farm. The hours were long and hard and she was badly treated.

At the age of 21, Edna secretly applied for a job as nanny to a French couple living in Liverpool.

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