It’s the 100th anniversary of the death of a local World Record holder

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the death of a local man who holds a Guinness World Record.

Samuel Young served as MP for east Cavan from 1892 to his death in 1918.

He holds the Guinness World Record as the oldest serving member of the House of Commons.

Born near Newtownards in 1822, he was first elected at the age of 70 and was returned at the next five elections, until his death at 96 years and 63 days.

He was a supporter of Catholic Emancipation and of Home Rule but is regarded by many as “an eccentric Belfast Presbyterian” who used to refer to Queen Victoria as his “darling little Queen”.