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Syphilitic mummy found under Swiss church is Boris Johnson relative

Syphilitic mummy found under Swiss church is Boris Johnson relative

The body was preserved with a high level of mercury which is often a sign that person has been treated for syphills.

Boris Johnson had yet to comment on his rediscovered great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother.

According to the BBC, initial testing of the wooden coffin suggested it was dated from the 16 century, but after comparing the mummy's DNA with that of living descendants of the Bischoff family, her identity became clear - there was a 99.8 percent probability that the descendants and the mummy were from the same maternal line.

We now know the toxic chemical is more likely to kill than a cure a patient.

Genealogists and molecular geneticists extracted DNA from the big toe of the body, that was discovered at the Barfuesser Kirche church in Basel in 1975.

The mysterious mummified corpse of a woman with syphilis who died in Switzerland centuries ago has been revealed to be a direct ancestor of British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Based on the amount of mercury in her remains she also appears to have been suffering from syphilis, which researchers believe she picked up while caring for others with the sexually transmitted disease.

Those records led historians to suspect she was a member of the well-heeled Bischoff clan.

The research confirmed the woman was Anna Catharina.

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After the death of her husband, she returned to her home town of Basel, and apparently underwent rigorous mercury treatment in the hope of a cure.

But the mercury also preserved her body - allowing today's researchers to find out exactly who she was, and who her descendants are.

Historians were able to identify her as Anna Catharina Bischoff, who lived in Basel from her birth in 1719 until her death in 1787.

Records show that she married a church minister and had seven children, with only two girls surviving.

Mr Johnson is aware of the von Pfeffel connections, having once told the BBC programme Who Do You Think You Are? that they were "posh toffs".

Her daughter Anna married a man named Christian Hubert Baron Pfeffel von Kriegelstein whose fifth generation relative Marie Luise von Pfeffel married a Stanley Fred Williams.

The couple's daughter, Yvonne, married Osman Wilfred Johnson Kemal and their son, Stanley Johnson, is Boris Johnson's father.

The Foreign Secretary has not commented on the discovery, but is known for his worldwide ancestry.

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