Ferdinand Ashmall

Ferdinand Ashmall (9 January 1695 – 2 February 1798) was an English centenarian and Catholic priest for the Catholic Church in England and Wales.[2][3][4]

Ferdinand Ashmall
Born(1695-01-09)9 January 1695
Died5 February 1798(1798-02-05) (aged 103)
OccupationCatholic priest
Known forReaching the age of 103[1]


He was born on 9 January 1695 in Elwick, County Durham to Thomas Ashmall[5] and Mary Addison. He was admitted to Lisbon College on 9 August 1711, at age 15, to prepare for the priesthood.[2][6] He was ordained on 18 February 1720 as a Roman Catholic priest in Portugal. He returned to England in 1723 where he became the chaplain to Mary Salvin at Elvet, County Durham until her death in 1727. He then moved back to his family estate in Amerston. He later moved to New House, County Durham where he remained as the priest until his death.[2]

He died in New House, County Durham on 2 February 1798 in the 103rd year or 104th year, of his life.[7] It was the 73rd year of his ministry.[1][8][9]


  1. ^ a b Richardson, Moses Aaron (1841). The Local Historian's Table Book, of Remarkable Occurrences. M.A. Richardson. p. 400.
  2. ^ a b c Julia Hynes. "The Oldest Old in Pre-Industrial Britain: Centenarians Before 1800?". Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. Retrieved October 9, 2015.
  3. ^ "Oldest Validated Centenarian By Year". Gerontology Research Group. September 25, 2007. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  4. ^ He is not to be confused with his uncle, for whom he is named after. It is known that his uncle's name was not used as a necronym in this case, as his uncle died in 1712, when Ashmall was 17.
  5. ^ Croft, William; Gillow, Joseph (1902). Historical account of Lisbon college. ST. ANDREW S PRESS. p. 171.
  6. ^ Old Alumnus (1889). Records and Recollections of St. Cuthbert's College Ushaw. E. Buller. p. 57.
  7. ^ Nichols, John (1798). Gentleman's Magazine, and Historical Chronicle. E. Cave. p. 173.
  8. ^ Bernard Jeune and James W. Vaupel (1995). Exceptional Longevity: From Prehistory to the Present. Odense University Press. p. 90. ISBN 9788778381354.
  9. ^ Some sources incorrectly give his age as 104. The first source was his obituary posted in 1798. His birth and baptismal record puts his age at 103.