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Andy Murray's English Roots


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Although the Scottish tennis ace Andy Murray has made comments on supporting “anyone but England” his maternal grandmother Eileen Shirley Edney was born to English parents John Marsom Edney and Joyce Mary Anderson. John Edney was a solicitor born in Berwick on Tweed in 1901 and Joyce Anderson was born in York in 1906.  The couple married in Berwick on Tweed in 1931.

John Edney’s mother Catherine Hush was born in Berwick in 1869, his father also John M Edney was born in the London area in 1857.  The exact birth place given on the victorian census records on TheGenealogist.co.uk varies but with the majority indicating New Cross London.  The occupation given on the Northumberland 1901 census shows his occupation as a potato trader, and previous occupations given as Corn Merchant and Shirt Machinist.  His ancestry can be traced further back through the London area with forbearers recorded as Railway Clerk, Accountant and School Master.

Joyce Anderson’s ancestry however is predominantly northern, giving Andy Murray a very cross-country English heritage.  Her mother Gertrude Golding was born in Sheffield in 1882 and her grandparents were born in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.


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