Elvis Presley fans have a new shrine to their hero — a remote Scottish hamlet named this week as the ancestral home of the king of rock ’n’ roll.
After six years’ of research, writer Allan Morrison says the singer was the direct descendant of blacksmith Andrew Presley who lived 300 years ago in the Aberdeenshire village of Lonmay.
“It was like striking gold,” he said of his research in the United States and Scotland. “You have Graceland in Memphis. Now hopefully you will have Presleyland in Lonmay.”
“I am thrilled to bits and trust it will bring Presley fans to the area,” he told Reuters on Tuesday.
Morrison found records showing that Andrew Presley married Elspeth Leg in Lonmay on August 27, 1713. Their son, also named Andrew, became the first Presley in America when he arrived in North Carolina in 1745.
Scotland was the only piece of British soil that Elvis Presley ever walked on. In March 1960, he made a two-hour stopover at Glasgow’s Prestwick Airport when returning home after he served with the U.S. Army in Germany.
Fans still pay homage at the airport to their hero. Now they could take in Lonmay on a new Elvis pilgrimage route.
But Presley devotees with suspicious minds could be torn on where to go as the Elvis lineage has long been a source of dispute from the Presili hills in Wales to an Irish saint from Munster called St Elvis.
An American Genealogical Web site even claimed that Elvis and former President Jimmy Carter were sixth cousins once removed because they shared a 17th century German ancestor.