This wedding photograph marks the marriage of Alice Maud Ellen Sutton and Daniel Christie Beggs which took place on the 4th of January 1900. The guests come in many ages, shapes and sizes as do their magnificent hats. The bride looks rather ghostly behind the sheer gauze veil as dapper Mr. Beggs peers through a fine pair of pince-nez spectacles.
Alice was originally from York and was a well educated young lady. She was the Modern Language Mistress at Darlington College before teaching at Victoria College, Belfast when she met the solicitor Daniel Christie Beggs. In the 1901 census Alice describes herself not as the usual ‘housewife’ but as a Bachelor of Arts. However, by 1911 she leaves the ‘Profession or Occupation’ section of the form blank. At this stage, she had three children: Mary, Stanley and Marjorie, born in 1906, 1907 and 1908.
The couple lived in this beautiful house called Ollar Lodge on Main Street, Ballyclare, County Antrim. Alice and Daniel’s married life was not a long one as he died in March 1912 at the age of 50. I don’t know what became of Alice and the children. Perhaps they went to England or maybe she returned to teaching? Another view of the house, which is still standing today, can be seen at the following local history site.