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Alan Grant reports
"When she was nine she saw Queen Victoria during a visit to Forfar."
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Thursday, 7 June, 2001, 09:45 GMT 10:45 UK
Scotland's oldest person dies
Agnes Kinnear
As a child Agnes Kinnear met Queen Victoria
Scotland's oldest person has died more than a century after meeting Queen Victoria.

Agnes Kinnear, a former cook, has died aged 109 at Ashludie Hospital in Monifeith, Angus.

She was born in Glasgow on 5 November, 1891, and moved to the Forfar area with her family when she was a child.

When she was nine, Mrs Kinnear met Queen Victoria during a visit to Forfar and even held the monarch's hand.

Shortly before her 20th birthday she married gardener William and the couple moved to Edinburgh.

At the end of World War One they moved back to Angus to take up work on the Glenisla estate.

While Mrs Kinnear worked as a cook, her husband was the caretaker of the estate's shooting lodges.

He retired in 1945 and they moved to Broughty Ferry where they remained until William's death in 1964.

Mrs Kinnear moved to the Pinegrove Nursing Home in the 1970s and then lived at Ashludie Hospital from 1988 until her death.

She was confirmed as Scotland's oldest living citizen last year and said at the time she had been born lucky.

Mrs Kinnear said she was born with a cowl - or amniotic sac - over her head, which at the time was considered as lucky for the child.

She died last weekend.

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