Looking through the Statutory Death Records for Unst today, I came across this record. Normally the age of the deceased is recorded just with a number of years, except in the case of infant deaths which haven’t made it to one full year yet.
I get the impression in this case that her grand-nephew wanted to make sure it was known how close to 100 years she achieved.
|No.||Name and Surname.
Rank or Profession, and whether
Single, Married, or Widowed.
|When and Where Died.||Sex.||Age.||Signature & Qualification of Informant,
and Residence, if out of the House in
which the Death occurred.
Widow of Charles
4h 30m P.M.
While she and her family and friends may have celebrated had she reached 100, the telegrams from the monarch to congratulate a centenarian didn’t begin until 1917.
Elizabeth was born before the days of statutory birth records, so the only record of her early life is a baptism record for 10 Aug 1802. With this detailed age on her death record however, we can calculate her exact birth date to be 1 Mar 1799.