History of the House / 1930 to 1945 - Sir John Lumsden / Wedding of daughter Margery 1933

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Wedding of Sir John's daughter, Margery, at Earlscliffe 7th July 1933

The wedding is that of John M. Radcliffe of Weybridge, Surrey, to Margery, third daughter of Sir John and Lady Lumsden. The service was at Howth Church at 2.30 that day (taken from the announcement in the Irish Times,  June 17th 1933)

The following is the description of the wedding reported in the Irish Times on July 8th 1933.

[As an aside, almost exactly 53 years later in July 1986, the current occupants of Earlscliffe, Karen and David Foley, were married in Howth, and had their reception at Earlscliffe!]

Howth Wedding

Mr. John Radcliffe and Miss M. Lumsden.

A pretty wedding took place at Howth Parish Church yesterday, when Mr. John Radcliffe, of Weybridge, Surrey, was married to Miss Margery Lumsden, third eldest daughter of Sir John and Lady Lumsden, Earlscliff, Baily, Co. Dublin.

The Dean of Ossory officiated, assisted by the Rector of the Parish, Canon Powell.

The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a gown of parchment satin moulded to the figure, with a long train of the same material. Her tulle veil was caught with a band of pearls, and she carried a pearl bag. Her going away dress was a pale blue ensemble. Her sister, Betty Lumsden, who acted as bridesmaid, was dressed in blue chiffon over white sprigged organdie with a large picture hat, and carried a small bouquet of pink and blue flowers.

There was no reception, but a number of friends called at Earlscliff to offer their congratulations.

Irish Times on July 8th 1933

Wedding of John Radcliffe and Margery Lumsden

The names and descriptions below are from Margery Stratton. Margery's father was Sir John Lumsden's son, John Fitzhardinge Lumsden who was born June 11, 1897. Margery was born and brought up in the US, but came to stay at Earlscliffe in 1935.

1. "Leslie Lumsden Elkington, Edith Boxwell, Gage Green (I believe he took all those lovely scenes of Earlscliff, the lighthouse etc.) Granny Lumsden, Margery, John Radcliffe, Betty Lumsden, Norah and Douglas Latta"
2. "Betty Lumsden, Sir John, (Grandpa), Margery, John and Lady Lumsden (Granny)"
3. "Granny, Margery, Norah and Nancy Lumsden Story"
4. "To the right of Margery and John are Nancy and her husband George Story and Granny"
5. "Betty, George Story, Nancy, Leslie Lumsden Elkington, Douglas Latta behind Granny, Margery, John, Grandpa and Norah Lumsden Latta
Note: George was killed while on the Mediterranean heading for Tobruk by a German Fighter plane."
© Irish Times, August 2 1941.

More from the Lumsden family

The Lumsden years
Wedding of daughter Margery 1933
Grand-daughter Margery Stratton - 1935-6
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