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Thursday, January 15, 1998 Published at 13:35 GMT


Gran's a mum again at 60!
image: [ Two newspapers disagree over the age of new mum, Elizabeth Buttle ]
Two newspapers disagree over the age of new mum, Elizabeth Buttle

A grandmother looks set to enter the record books as Britain's oldest mother following the birth of a baby boy 35 years after her first child.

Welsh farmer Elizabeth Buttle, whose maiden name is Espley, is believed to be 60 years old.

If correct, the miracle mum's age would beat the previous record birth by five years.

Checks by one British news agency at the Family Records Centre in London revealed an Elizabeth Espley was born early in 1937 in the Chester area.

Further checks revealed no-one by the same name was born between 1937 and late 1945.

No fertility drugs

Twice-married Mrs Buttle, whose eldest grandson is 19, gave birth to new arrival Joseph David by Caesarian section at West Wales General Hospital in Carmarthen eight weeks ago.

The mother, who lives on her farm in the west Wales village of Cwmann, near Lampeter, became pregnant without the use of fertility drugs by her partner Peter Rawston, 56.

Talking about baby Joseph, Elizabeth says: "He is my little miracle and he makes me feel like a young woman again. I feel perfectly well and I don't know what the fuss is about.

"There were no complications and the hospital staff were absolutely marvellous."

"Baby was not planned"

A widow with three grandchildren, Mrs Buttle had a daughter in 1962 with her late husband Tom, who died 10 years ago.

New arrival Joseph, described by his mother as a "lovely, healthy little lad", was born slightly premature.

Elizabeth, who celebrates her birthday next month, said although the baby was not planned, she and her partner had taken no precautions to avoid the pregnancy.

Kathleen Campbell, of Ilkeston, Derbyshire, is entered in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest woman in the UK to give birth at the age of 55 in 1987.


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