Andy Murray’s English Roots

2012 has proved a great year for Andy Murray after winning Olympic Gold in the Men’s singles and a Silver in the mixed doubles.  He’s now added to his success by becoming the first British player to win a Grand Slam men’s singles tournament since Fred Perry in 1936.  Murray is now the first man ever to win an Olympic Gold and the U.S Open in the same year.

Although the Scottish tennis ace Andy Murray has made comments on supporting “anyone but England” in games of football, 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 onTweedin 1931 and Joyce Anderson was born in York in 1906.  The couple married in Berwick on Tweed in 1957.

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.

Lincolnshire 1891 Census
Lincolnshire 1891 Census Census © TheGenealogist.co.uk

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.

Northumberland 1901 Census
Northumberland 1901 Census © TheGenealogist.co.uk

View full details of Andy Murray’s ancestry at: treeview.co.uk

 

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