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Swinton descended from Scots king

Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton's family tree also features a famous scientist

Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton is a direct descendant of Robert the Bruce, genealogists have said.

Researchers in Edinburgh discovered that the Michael Clayton star was 19 generations removed from the 14th-century Scottish king.

More surprisingly, they also found that the actress's relationship with Bruce comes from both her mother and father.

Her parents are both descended from Robert II, Bruce's grandson, said researchers at ScotlandsPeople.

Sir John Swinton is descended from Robert II's illegitimate son, the Duke of Albany.

Lady Swinton is descended from the child of Robert II's favourite mistress, Mariotta Cardney.

The Swinton family tree also contains scientist Alan Archibald Campbell Swinton, who took the first X-Ray pictures in Britain, and Major General Sir Ernest Swinton, who helped develop the tank.

London-born Tilda Swinton, 48, lives in Nairn in the Scottish Highlands.

She is known for both her arthouse film work - such as Orlando - as well as more recent mainstream cinema, such as The Chronicles of Narnia.

Swinton's performance as Karen Crowder in Michael Clayton won her a BAFTA for best supporting actress and a best supporting actress Oscar at the 2008 Academy Awards.



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