Posted by on 29 April 2010 in Company News

Cameron, Clegg and Brown farming roots revealed

Whilst Clegg, Cameron and Brown won’t be ‘counting their chickens’ just yet, that’s exactly what their ancestors were doing 140 years ago: they were all farmers working just a few hundred miles apart.

Cameron’s 3x great-grandfather, William Cameron, is listed in 1851 census as a farmer in Invernesshire, whilst Brown’s 2x great grandparents were tilling the fields just round the corner in Fife. Clegg’s 3x great-grandfather was farming 15 acres of land, south of the border in Holbeck.

Yet the rest of Cameron’s ancestry shows he’s far from ‘common-as-muck’: he’s the 8x great grandson of King George II, an ancestor he shares with fellow Tory Boris Johnson.

The other leaders’ ancestries are also representative of their politics with Labour leader Brown coming from a long line of famers and labourers and pro-Europe Liberal Clegg having Dutch and Russian immigrant ancestry.
Clegg’s 3x great grandfather also had experience with the Cabinet, as can be seen in the 1851 census where he is listed as a cabinet maker living in Yorkshire.

For further information and interviews, call Mark Lowe on 020 7419 7341 mark@bbpr.com or twitter @metzger49

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30 April 2010 at 4:07 pm
Andy Sutton 

Almost as good the second time, a few days after I first read it on findmypast’s website. It’s pretty much identical!

I know the election has a limited number of things you can say about it, but all the same….

1 May 2010 at 8:19 am
Bekko 

Er … “tolling the fields”?

Toiling in the fields perhaps, or tilling the fields.

And, why are you promoting Mr Lowe of Band & Brown, a London PR company?

1 May 2010 at 6:30 pm
Annabel Bernhardt 

Thanks for highlighting the typo Bekko! We have since made the amend. Band & Brown is the PR agency we work with to promote all our great content.

We made the discovery about Cameron and Brown’s ancestors being farmers back in 2007 – you can read the full story by clicking here http://www.ancestry.co.uk/about/default.aspx?section=pr-2007-4-13.

Thanks for your comments!

4 May 2010 at 11:41 am
Atrebatus 

Interesting article, however “working just a few hundred miles apart” struck me as strange. Could as easily have been “working hundreds of miles apart”

9 May 2010 at 6:12 pm
Angie Matthews 

I think you will find that it is Nick’s 4x great grandfather, John, who was the Cabinet Maker in Adwalton, near Birstall, Yorkshire. They are also in my tree.

12 May 2010 at 2:25 pm