World's oldest twins 2012 - Edith Ritchie and Evelyn

World's oldest twins 2012 - Edith Ritchie and Evelyn set Guinness World Records 2012

The world's oldest twins are a pair of 102-year-old Scottish sisters, Guinness World Records announced Tuesday.

Meet Edith Ritchie and Evelyn "Evie" Middleton. They were born on a farm near Newburgh, Scotland, on November 15, 1909. The sisters are fraternal twins but their mother always dressed them the same from an early age.

The women, who were born at a time when Mark Twain and Florence Nightingale were still alive, have always remained close and and currently live together in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Neither has ever left the U.K. to travel.

Evelyn had four children, 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren, while Edith had four children, nine grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and three-great-great grandchildren, according to Guinness.

What's the secret to their longevity? When asked, Edith said "Simple living, hard work and a good husband," according to a Guinness written statement.

Of course, other factors may have contributed.

"They've clearly benefitted from good genes, and a solid life-long friendship that only twins can truly understand," Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday said in the statement.

Nobody knows for sure what lead to the twins' impressive longevity, but research suggests happiness and family go a long way. A November 2011 British study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed happy people were 35 percent less likely to die an early death, HealthPop reported.

There have been speculations that Ritchie and Middleton are not the oldest twins since there have been reports of 107-year-old twins living in the Ukraine, however, the Metro.co.uk reported that the Scottish sisters’ claim is the only one verified by Guinness officials.

After leaving school, the sisters worked on farms before leaving to start their own families.

Evelyn married William Middleton and with him she had four children, twelve grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren, reports The Huffington Post.

When MyFOXdc asked how she has been able to live such a healthy long life, Ritchie responded, “simple living, hard work and a good husband.”

Congratulations on your world record Evie and Edith!


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