A STUDENT is hoping she will have an advantage over her fellow pupils when she starts learning about the history of medicine next term – after discovering she is related to Florence Nightingale.
Abigail Goodwin, 14, is due to start her GCSEs in September at Manor College of Technology, in Hartlepool, and was delighted to hear that as part of her history course she will learn about medicine and treatments through the ages.
As part of First World War project with the Hartlepool Mail this term, Abigail and her classmates were asked to delve into their family history.
And as her dad Chris, 41, is a keen family historian, Abigail already knew that if she went back through the generations then Florence Nightingale was on her family tree on her dad’s side.
There is another famous name on her family tree, with a route involving the name Carter leading to a link with actress Helena Bonham-Carter.
Abigail, who lives with dad Chris, 32-year-old mum Claire, sisters Sammi, 12, Ebanni, 10, seven-year-old Heidi and nine year old brother Malachi, in Seaton Carew, said: “I was told about the Florence Nightingale link when I was younger. “But it’s nice to see it on the family tree when we have been asked to do our research.
“I know she was a famous nurse from the Crimean War, and I’ve read quite a bit about her background.
“When I follow the line back past my parents, and my grandparents, and their grandparents and so on, Florence Nightingale is on there on my dad’s side of the family tree.
“She was born in 1821 and died in 1910. The furthest name we got back to was a John Nightingale, and he was born in 1638.”
Abigail will finish Year 9 next month, and is looking forward to starting studying history for her GCSEs when she moves into year 10.
But she knows the pressure is now on after revealing her family background.
“It would be nice if there was a question about Florence Nightingale in my exam,” she added.