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Bayliss-Loftus wedding, group of seven

14 December 2019 21 Comments

This must have been a nice commission for Mr. Poole! A naval(?) officer and his bride with elegant uniforms in a beautiful "big house" setting. Were the children the produce of an earlier marriage or relatives of the bride or groom? Today there would be a chance that they could be the couple’s own children, how times have changed….

With thanks in particular to sharon.corbet, we have confirmation that the Loftus-Baylis wedding took place in August 1915, and that those pictured almost certainly include:
– the bride, Patricia Loftus (daughter of Maj. JB Loftus of Mount Loftus, Co Kilkenny)
– the groom, Cmdr. Horace Temple Taylor Bayliss (son of Mrs. Bayliss, of Bagnalstown, Co Carlow)
– a groomsman(?), Cmdr. FM Walton (or Lt-Cmdr. Pugh?)
– "little attendant" girls, Miss Inez Fowler, Miss Sally Dobbs,
– "little attendant" boys, Master Doral and Liam O’Brien

The dog remains unnamed – but is presumably a Loftus family dog. And (given that a dog was unlikey to have been brought along to a hotel or other "outside" venue), there’s a suggestion the image was captured at the bride’s family home of Mount Loftus, in County Kilkenny….

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: Catalogue range c.1901-1954. Almost certainly 15 August 1935


You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie


  • sharon.corbet said:

    I think it’s Patricia Loftus. In which case, her sister’s wedding featured earlier:

  • sharon.corbet said:

    From the Waterford Standard of 16 March 1935:
    ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCED. The engagement is announced of Commander H. T. T. Bayliss, R.N., younger son of the late H. W. Bayliss and of Mrs. Bayliss, of Wykeham, Bagnalstown, Co. Carlow, and Patricia, younger daughter of Major J. T. B. Loftus.

  • sharon.corbet said:

    Another picture from the wedding is dated 15 August 1935.

  • Dr. Ilia said:

    wow..very nice

  • BeachcomberAustralia said:

    Captain Bayliss RN in 1944 – http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205157273
    Commanding Officer of HMS VINDEX – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Vindex_(D15)

  • BeachcomberAustralia said:

    Horace Temple Taylor Bayliss DSO, RN –

    Born Wolverhampton, England, Tuesday, 16 January 1900 –

    He was a Midshipman in the Australian Navy during WW1, 1916 – 1918 – discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/browse/records/472410

  • Dún Laoghaire Micheál said:

    Irish Time 23 Jan 1940 –

    BAYLISS – January 15, 1940, at Leinster Private Nursing Home, to Patricia, wife of Commander H.T.T. Bayliss, R.N., a daughter

  • Dún Laoghaire Micheál said:

    Irish Times 16 Mar 1942

    BAYLISS – August 11, 1942, at the Leinster Nursing Home, to Patricia (nee Loftus), wife of Commander H.T.T. Bayliss, Royal Navy, a son

  • Dún Laoghaire Micheál said:

    Marriage Certificate 15 August 1935
    Horace Temple Taylor Bayliss
    Ludovica Patricia Alice Loftus
    Witnesses: C.R.V. Pugh and B. Kerrison

  • Niall McAuley said:

    Streetview, front gate of Mount Loftus. OSI 25" at GeoHive.

  • DannyM8 said:


  • Niall McAuley said:

    They had an open day, any volunteers to scout out the location?

    Make sure to try out the Mount Loftus Garden & Walks this Sunday. All money raised in aid of Kilkenny Sub Aqua Club. t.co/mIK1TVQyJW— Blacks & Whites GAA (@Black_WhitesGAA) July 16, 2015

  • sharon.corbet said:

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/79549245@N06] Specially for you, Miss Patricia Loftus on Car.

  • Swordscookie said:

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/79549245@N06] Well done Sharon, he’ll be over the moon! Two dogs in the one day, such joy!!!!

  • sharon.corbet said:

    This picture turns up in the Irish Independent of August 19th 1935, with the following caption:

    Group taken at the wedding (as reported in tlio Irish Independent on Friday last) of Miss Patricia Loftus, youngest daughter of Major J. Blake Loftus, Mount Loftus, Co. Kilkenny and Commander Bayliss, R.N., in the Chapel of Ease at Skeogh. From left :_—Commander F, M. Walton, RN; Mrs. Loftus; Bridegroom and Bride; and Lt.-Commander Pugh, R.N. (Best Man). Little attendants in front:—Miss Inez Fowler, and Miss Sally Dobbs; Master Doral and Liam O’Brien.

    ETA: Forgot the link…

  • Niall McAuley said:

    Skeogh also spelled Skeaugh? No, more likely here, if RC, Streetview

  • Niall McAuley said:

    Yes, the Loftusseseses were RC in the 1911 census.. Patricia was aged one.

  • MCW Plug Doors said:

    If any of those children are still alive they’d be well into their nineties now. How quickly time passes !

  • DannyM8 said:

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] Thank you both.

  • Can Pac Swire said:

    That is one fancy and formal wedding!

  • Seuss. said:

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/48828195@N07] Inez Fowlerwas born in 1928. She died in 2013 at age 86.