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I love a wedding, and Mr Poole and his organisation has provided many wedding shots for us over the years. In this one we have a very nice group of (perhaps) groom best man (Mr Brian Sommerville RIF), bridesmaids and flower girl (Miss Susan Dobbs). I am surprised by the lack of hats! The hatorific tag will have to stay in the drawer for a little while longer.

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: 18 October 1930

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 3757

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 16/Jul/2021 07:50:55

    18 October 1930 was a Saturday ...

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    an poc

    • 16/Jul/2021 08:03:07

    Probably the wedding of Oonah Perceval Maxwell of Moore Hill, Tallow and Kendal Chavasse of Castle Haven, Castletownshend, 18 Oct 1930: civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/marri...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Jul/2021 08:09:24

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Looks like a good match.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 16/Jul/2021 08:31:32

    There's a description of the wedding on p3 of the Dungarvan Observer of 25th October 1930. The bridesmaids were: Countess Thelma Metaxa Miss Diana Somerville (cousin of the bridegroom) Miss Julieth(sic) Wilberforce Miss Elizabeth Baker The trainbearer was Miss Susan Dobbs, "the little daughter of Sir Henry and Lady Dobbs, Cappoquin"

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    sharon.corbet

    • 16/Jul/2021 08:35:22

    Oh, I assume the sole male presence is the Best Man, Mr, Brian Somerville, RIF Castletownshend (cousin of the bridegroom.) It also mentions that the bridesmaids and trainbearer "were wearing peach coloured chiffon frocks with short velvet coats of a slightly darker shade, and velvet hairbands of a similar tint. They carried bouquets of copper-coloured chrysanthemums."

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Jul/2021 08:52:40

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet Well done Sharon.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Jul/2021 08:57:33

    The bride and groom in the archive at POOLEWP 3755

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Jul/2021 08:58:53

    Streetview of the church at Fountain with rhododendrons - they could be here? Maybe not, they seem to be under an actual tree, maybe an oak (although that could be gone in the 90 years since). Or perhaps at the reception at Moore Hill per [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet]'s newspaper report. No Streetview, but the google maps aerial view shows plenty of trees there.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 16/Jul/2021 09:01:08

    The groom is on Wikipedia - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kendal_Chavasse "... became the longest-serving lay reader in Ireland ..."

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Jul/2021 09:07:23

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley The man in this photo must be the best man? From Sharons Dungarvan link I see he is Mr Brian Sommerville RIF.

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    an poc

    • 16/Jul/2021 09:26:36

    Vice-Admiral Boyle Somerville of Castletownshend (killed by members of the IRA in 1936) had a son Brian. If this is him, he'd be a nephew of Edith Somerville (Somerville and Ross, The Irish RM)

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    sharon.corbet

    • 16/Jul/2021 09:28:41

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] That's what I'm assuming - the wedding present list includes Miss E. O'E Somerville, as well as Vice Admiral and Mrs. Boyle Somerville.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 16/Jul/2021 09:35:54

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Countess Metaxa died just a few years later. :(

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    Bernard Healy

    • 16/Jul/2021 09:36:25

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] Forgot the link: this was her husband en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Harford

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    sharon.corbet

    • 16/Jul/2021 09:59:53

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy Meningitis apparently, according to the newspaper article I found. She was only 31. It's Judith Wilberforce, and she was the daughter of Sir Herbert Wilberforce, later marrying the Rev. John Fleming Sandwith.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 16/Jul/2021 10:05:32

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet] The flower-girl Susan Dobbs established the Camphire Horse Trials and died in 2009 according to this article: www.pressreader.com/ireland/irish-examiner/20190114/28216...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Jul/2021 10:25:21

    Maxwells are still farming at Moore Hill

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Jul/2021 12:28:44

    The Maxwells of Moore Hill are given as the Percival Maxwells in the 1911 census: William Moore 33 Isabella Mary 65 Beatrice Mary 35 Violet Isabel 34 Maud Helena 32

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Jul/2021 12:41:10

    Oonagh was 8 and living in Kenmare in 1911. William, head of household at Moore Hill died in 1917 still single, and maybe Oonagh's father Henry inherited? No, his will indicates all to his widow mother, Isabel P. Maxwell.

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    suckindeesel

    • 16/Jul/2021 12:48:13

    Following the success of his third novel 'Rain on the Wind' Walter Macken went house hunting. "Within days he had gone to Galway to look for a house; and he found one. It was a large house on six acres within 200 yards of Lough Corrib. It was called Gort Na Ganiv and it was owned by a lady called Countess Metaxa. She was of Anglo-Irish stock and had married a Polish Count. She wanted £;3,000 for the house. My father rang Macmillans, his publishers in London, and they wired him back the money." www.irishtimes.com/opinion/an-irishman-s-diary-1.1206641

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Jul/2021 13:05:00

    PRONI has the will of an Isabel Maria Perceval Maxwell from 1923, but says she was Miss, a spinster: Title :Miss Date of Death :13 May 1923 Surname :Maxwell Date of Grant :29 August 1923 Forename :Isabel Maria Perceval Reseal Date : Registry :Belfast Effects :Effects £4248 5s 4d Full Abstract : Maxwell Isabel Maria Perceval of Groomsport House county Down spinster died 13 May 1923 Probate Belfast 29 August to Henry Spencer Perceval Maxwell esquire and Robert David Perceval Maxwell privy councillor. Effects £4248 5s. 4d. Has to be her, right? And there is Henry inheriting the farm.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 16/Jul/2021 15:17:06

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Isabella Mary Perceval Maxwell (widow) died 18th May 1925 according to the civil records. So no, I think that may be a different Isabel Maxwell. Henry Spencer's sister, I think, according to the Lord Belmont.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 16/Jul/2021 15:48:19

    Here is Isabella Perceval Maxell the spinster in 1901, with her father Robert Perceval Maxwell

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    suckindeesel

    • 16/Jul/2021 18:35:03

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Vice Admiral H. G. C (Hugh) Somerville CB, DSO of Castle-Townshend was a brother of Edith. 1873 - 1950 He was the SENIOR NAVAL OFFICER in Haulbowline 1922 - 1923

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    sharon.corbet

    • 16/Jul/2021 18:35:51

    Here is a photo of Judith Wilberforce at her own wedding 9 years later, if that helps anyone to identify her: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/51316559440/

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    Bernard Healy

    • 16/Jul/2021 19:54:41

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ I think she’s the one immediately right of the best man.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 16/Jul/2021 20:08:22

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Assuming Diana Somerville’s full name was Diana Marian Somerville, then she shows up in the London Gazette as an officer in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during WWII & seems to have died in 1988.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 16/Jul/2021 20:25:57

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy Yes, she is Diana Marian, and was christened in St. John the Baptist, Kensington on March 1st 1903. Brian Somerville married Miss Marjorie Stewart Orr in a quiet wedding in June 1936, a couple of months after his father was killed. Kendal Chavasse was his best man.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 16/Jul/2021 21:02:13

    Incidentally, here's the record of the previous wedding that was mentioned, that of Norah Perceval Maxwell. Staying with the Perceval-Maxwells, there is a history of the family available here at PRONI including the following Meanwhile, the 'Southern' Perceval-Maxwells continue to thrive at Moore Hill. On the death, unmarried, of William John Perceval-Maxwell in 1917, that property reverted to an uncle, whose only son was killed in the First World War, and who died without further issue in 1934. Prior to that, in 1923, he had made Moore Hill over to his youngest brother, Henry Spencer Perceval-Maxwell, the owner of Amherst Island. Henry Spencer's grandson, John Edward Perceval-Maxwell, now lives and farms at Moore Hill.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 16/Jul/2021 21:43:39

    BTW, everyone should read the newspaper account of the wedding that Sharon links to above. I love the list of gifts. It’s a pity that Miss Elizabeth Baker has such a normal name. Makes her a lot trickier to track down.