Photo of Donald Trump's mother Mary Trump goes viral

They say once something is on the internet, it can never go away.

Mary Trump, mother of Donald, during a TV interview in 1997. Picture: Contributed

So seems to be the case with this screengrab of Donald Trump’s mother Mary Trump, taken from a video interview in 1997 with Australian TV company Foxtel.

In the picture, Mrs Trump’s hair bears a striking resemblance to that of the Republican presidential nominee’s.

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Born Mary Macleod in Stornoway, the seventh child of crofter Malcolm Macleod and Mary Smith was raised on the island of Lewis.

Mystery surrounds her emigration to the United States and her subsequent marriage to Fred Trump in 1936.

Mrs Trump died in New York in August 2000.

The re-emergence of the photo led to a near-1000 per cent increase in Google searches for ‘Who is Donald Trump’s mother’.