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    Annie Lennox's shock as she discovers her scandalous heritage on Who Do You Think You Are?


    By Victoria Allen
    PUBLISHED: 16:04, 3 August 2012 | UPDATED: 16:34, 3 August 2012


    Annie Lennox has never been one to follow social convention, often courting controversy with her outspoken views and androgynous style.


    But her relatives were scandalising society long before she made a career out of it.

    A new episode of BBC genealogy programme Who Do You Think You Are? will uncover the chequered family history of the 57-year-old Eurythmics star.


    Shock: Annie Lennox discovers the scandalous past of her family in an upcoming episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

    It reveals that her great-great-grandmother, Isabella McHardy, was hauled before the Kirk Session after giving birth to an illegitimate child.

    For Miss Lennox, who knew nothing of her family beyond her grandparents and whose parents both died of cancer, it was quite a revelation.

    She was shocked to discover that great-grandfather George Ferguson was born in 1852 out of wedlock.

    His mother was called before the elders of the Church of Scotland, whose responsibility it was to maintain moral order among their congregation, and shamed for her transgression with William Ferguson.

    The fascinating story is revealed in a preview of the programme, which will be aired on September 5.
    Miss Lennox’s episode uncovers an extraordinarily dark tale of tangled family relationships blighted by illegitimacy and poverty.

    Family ties: Annie with her daughters, Tali and Lola, at an event in 2010


    Miss McHardy, a poultry maid, never married and died aged 83 from an ‘attack of gastritis due to over-feeding’, according to Scotland magazine.

    It asked the research service Scottish Roots to look into Miss Lennox’s family tree four years ago, finding a humble heritage for a woman estimated in the 2010 Sunday Times Rich List to be worth £30million.
    The singer, who was born in Aberdeen on Christmas Day 1954 as Ann Lennox, is daughter of a boilermaker and a cook.
    Her maternal grandparents, William Ferguson and Dora Paton, were a gamekeeper and a dairymaid. The earliest relative found for her, James Lennox, who was born in 1760 in Glassford, Lanarkshire, was a farmer.
    Miss Lennox grew up in a two-room flat in a tenement in Aberdeen and has spoken about her tough background. ‘Class is definitely part of me,’ she has said.
    Having married twice, she now lives in Notting Hill and has two daughters, Lola and Tali.
    The singer has retained her links to Aberdeen, even weighing in on the plans to redevelop Union Terrace Gardens.
    She returned to the city in May to launch an exhibition of her life, The House of Annie Lennox, at Aberdeen Art Gallery

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz...#ixzz22VT6uwFi


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    She should just come out already.
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    Wow, 57, she looks awesome.
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    She's so gorgeous. I love the way she's growing older. And she looks great in the pic with her daughters (cool outfit!) Funny how both her girls got her height and her great figure, but they don't look like her at all in the face.

    I found the family stuff interesting, but then I dig stuff like that.

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    Her daughters are both gorgeous.
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    Her daughters are cool. I don't think I've seen them before.

    I love family history stuff, but sometimes when that box is open, you can't close it again.
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    What a scandal. Lol.

    When I checked my heritage I found out that not only cousins married cousins to keep the money in the family (something like a 50 year old man marrying a 16 year old girl). They hated Germans and yet my great-grandmother sisters worked in Hitlers army. And that's just the tip of a cake.

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    ^^I've found 'scandalous' stuff like that in my family history, too. Children out of wedlock, cousins marrying cousins, men marrying girls and adopting their illegitimate children, people remarrying days after their spouse has died, a murder here and there and possibly a pirate. Yeah, one of my great-x-infinity-grandmothers had an illegitimate child just about 9 months after some pirates did their raping and plundering in that area. I like to think I'm descended from a pirate.
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    Anyone who thinks there isn't one or two 'milkman's kids in their past is simply wrong. I recently did my family tree, my husbands, and my stepdad's and there' several wonky branches on each.
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    What's a poultry maid? she cleaned the chickens?
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    Quote Originally Posted by louiswinthorpe111 View Post
    What's a poultry maid? she cleaned the chickens?
    Or had to feed them? I can sort of see Martha Stewart having a poutry maid for her chickens! Only she'd have a poultry butler,too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lucianodel View Post
    What a scandal. Lol.

    When I checked my heritage I found out that not only cousins married cousins to keep the money in the family (something like a 50 year old man marrying a 16 year old girl). They hated Germans and yet my great-grandmother sisters worked in Hitlers army. And that's just the tip of a cake.
    A lot of folks in Europe did all kinds of stuff just to survive during those years. Plus the alternatives weren't social exclusion or a reputation like today, it was deportation to the death camps (as we all know), there is all kinds of history like this.
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    What's a poultry maid? she cleaned the chickens?
    Yes, dairy-maid, poultry-maid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhateverLolaWants View Post
    Anyone who thinks there isn't one or two 'milkman's kids in their past is simply wrong. I recently did my family tree, my husbands, and my stepdad's and there' several wonky branches on each.
    I was doing my fathers family tree (he's deceased), and mom did hers. Turns out, both trees actually join. As in, my mom and dad were related and they didn't even know it.

    I think 'scandalous' would be when you have slave traders in your family tree, or murderers, or other notorious criminals. Or finding out several familymembers have died in Auschwitz (about 12 members of my family did, I didn't even know I was part Jewish)

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    We had slave traders on one branch. Very unpleasant read, seeing people I am descended from willing a person to another person.
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