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Did King's ancestors wear kilts?

Book ties Presley to Scottish village

LONDON -- They're all shook up in the Scottish village of Lonmay.

A Scottish writer's assertion that Elvis Presley's ancestors came from a quiet corner of northeastern Scotland has fixated fans and brought batches of journalists to the village near Aberdeen.

Mindful that Presley's Graceland mansion in Memphis gets more than 1 million visitors a year, the Aberdeen and Grampian Highlands Tourist Board has seized on the prospect of a Presley connection with delight.

"It could be really good for tourism," said Ian Hainey, spokesman for the tourist board.

"We get Elvis fans coming to Prestwick, even though Elvis only spent an hour there once," he said, referring to Presley's stopover at the Scottish airport in 1960.

In "The Presley Prophecy," yet to be published, Allan Morrison said he has traced the King's ancestry back more than 250 years, using local records and files from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the United States.

Morrison said that on Aug. 27, 1713, eight generations before Presley's birth in 1935, his ancestor Andrew Presley married Elspeth Leg in Lonmay. Their son, also called Andrew, became a blacksmith and was the first Presley to leave Scotland, immigrating to America in 1745. "Scottish genealogy is a high-profile, popular subject, and it gets no bigger than Elvis Presley," Morrison said.

He said Andrew Presley had lived through the Jacobite rebellion, when mainly Roman Catholic supporters of the exiled Stuart kings of Scotland rose up against the Protestant kings of England, who ruled both countries.

Todd Morgan, a spokesman for Elvis Presley Enterprises in Memphis, said he looked forward to reading Morrison's book and had no reason to doubt his findings.

But Morgan also said, "Our own exhaustive genealogical research on Elvis is not complete . . . We hear from genealogical researchers all the time, and various elements of Elvis's family have been traced to various cities and areas around the world." Paul Downie, from Scotland's Elvis Touch Fan Club, said: "I think fans will want to visit Scotland and Lonmay. I imagine there will be an upsurge" in visitors.

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