It’s not every day that you would find yourself starting primary school on the same day as your niece – but for one Paisley youngster this was the reality earlier this week.
It was a big day for little Harry Mackinnon as he started primary one in St James’ Primary School on Tuesday alongside his niece Sophie.
The youngsters are incredibly close, but how they are related was an unusual surprise for teachers at the Gockston Road school as Harry is actually Sophie’s uncle.
The adorable duo – who were born almost a year apart – are inseparable, according to mum and gran Anna MacKinnon, 45.
Harry, aged four, is her and husband Colin’s youngest son of eight children, and Sophie, five, is the daughter of her eldest child Laura, 28.
The close knit family all gathered this week to watch the youngsters start their school journey with their new classmates, with the youngsters going in hand in hand.
Proud Anna said: “Harry is my youngest child and Sophie is the daughter of my eldest Laura.
“They are so close outside of school so it has been lovely to watch them start primary one together.
“Harry has been a wee bit nervous and Sophie has been making sure he is OK and looking after him.
“She waits on him every morning so that they can go in together.
“All of our kids went to the same school and the teachers know about how they are related and are really supportive.”
Colin and Anna were just in their teens when Laura was born, and eventually went on to have five other children throughout their 20s – Pamela, Gemma, Colin Jnr, Abbie and Melissa.
Once their eldest children were grown, they kept adding to their family and welcomed now 12-year-old Aaron and Harry.
But while they had their hands full, it has made the family-of-ten closer than ever.
And even though Harry is more than 20 years younger than his oldest sibling, he has been able to grow up alongside his five nieces and nephews – who Anna says are just like his brothers and sisters.
Anna added: “My husband and I had Laura when we were young and then we had five children in a row in our 20s.
“We didn’t expect to have a child so young and then keep on having kids into our 20s.
“And it was just as Sophie was born that I found out I was having Harry – which was a bit of a surprise!
“We also have five grandchildren, so while his brothers and sisters are a lot older he has his nieces and nephews who he has grown up with which has been lovely.”