According to a report in The Sun, author Allan Morrison has traced Elvis's roots back 300 years to Lonmay near Aberdeen. Records show that an Andrew Presley wed Elspeth Leg there in 1713 and their son, also Andrew, was the first Presley to hit America. Morrison, 61, of Greenock has claimed that Elvis, who had a hit with 'Jailhouse Rock', is a direct descendant of the Presley family of Scotland.
"I was able to trace his family tree, and when it got back to Lonmay it was like striking gold," said Morrison.
Interestingly, the area is still thick with Presleys, including 70-year-old Jim Presly of Oldmeldrum, says the report. Jim, whose ancestors dropped an "e", said, "I think there is some truth in this."
"This could be great for the area," said a beaming tourist board boss, Ian Dunlop.
Moreover, fan club spokesman Paul Downie, 43, said excitedly, "For years fans have thought there was a connection with Scotland." (ANI)
London | March 23, 2004 3:34:16 PM IST