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Elvis Presley's Roots have been traced back to a humble blacksmith in a small Scottish hamlet in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The Elvis connection to Scotland was traced by Allan Morrison who lives in Greenock, Scotland and has become one of the country’s best-selling authors with “Haud Yer Wheesht!”, “Oor Wee School Wis A Rare Wee School”, “Ye Cannae Shove Yer Granny Aff A Bus!”, “Lies and Truths My Mother Telt Me!” and “Away an’ Ask Your Mother!”.

Allan began looking into Elvis Presley's humble Scottish past a few years ago after hearing rumours of his Scottish ancestry. His genealogical research discovered that Elvis Presley was the direct descendant of a blacksmith who lived 300 years ago in Lomnay, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Elvis Presley can be traced back to Andrew Presley of Lonmay, whose son emigrated to America at the time of the Jacobite rebellion.

The roots of rock:
Andrew Presley 1713, married Elspeth Leg
Aberdeenshire, August 27, 1713

Andrew Presley emigrated 1745 to the USA to continue family trade as blacksmith

Andrew Presley Junior born 1765. married Elizabeth. Fought against the British Redcoats at Battle of Euthaw Springs

Dunnan Presley born 1780. married twice and had 3 sons

Dunnan Presley Junior born 1827. married Martha Jane
Wesson. Served in Confederate Army, but deserted army, wife and his 2 daughters.

Rosella Presley born 1862. 10 children out of wedlock, despite being a keen churchgoer.

Jesse D McClowell Presley
Elvis’s Grandfather born 1896. married Minni Mae Dodger Hood and had 5 children, 2 boys and 3 girls.

Vernon Elvis Presley born 1916. married Gladys Love Smith.

Glady Love Smith gave birth to Elvis Aaron Presley on January 8th, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi. Twin Jesse died at birth, Elvis went on to become the King of Rock and Roll.

The Elvis connection came as no surprise to Fraserburgh pensioner Jack Pressley, who believes he is a distant cousin. The 88-year-old former musician says the different spelling is likely to have originated from a mistake on a birth certificate. However, Mr Pressley thinks Elvis is a descendant of a branch of the family from Peterhead.

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