Scottish Genealogy

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Wedding Wednesday - Malcolm Macdonald and Mary Bell Macdonald

I seem to be concentrating on my mother's side of the family just now (the paternal line is stuck in a rut just now - awaiting adequate time and enthusiasm to start it up again!), so today I have a photo of my mother's parents on their wedding day to post (I use it in the website banner - so it might look familiar!).

Wedding 1934

My grandparents, Malcolm and Mary, are in the centre, and are accompanied by the witnesses to their wedding, John Miller and Rachel Macdonald.  They look so very elegant, I only wish that the wedding dress still remained in the family (although I imagine my grandmother would have been slimmer than me at that age, so I don't think I could have recycled it for my own wedding!)

The couple married on 29th June 1934 at St Cuthbert's Buildings, Corbiehill Road, Davidsons Mains, Edinburgh.  Their marriage certificate gives this as Malcolm's address and Mary lived at the place she worked as a domestic servant, 35 Inverleith Terrace, Edinburgh.  Malcolm was 34 and was a railway clerk, and Mary was 28.

Malcolm's parents were Alexander Macdonald (a retired railway plate layer) and Christina MacCrimmon.  Mary's parents were Donald Macdonald (a Church of Scotland missionary) and Isabella Macdonald.  The two witnesses also recorded their addresses on the marriage certificate: John was at 12 Clarence Street, Edinburgh, and Rachel was at the Southern General hospital, Glasgow (nursing was big in our family).

Conon Bridge picture

I also have this lovely photo of my grandparents on their honeymoon - they didn't go far, only a bit further up north in Scotland, but they did have this super photograph taken of them (with a young female relation of Malcolm's) up near to Conon Bridge (if anyone recognises the house, I would love to know!).


  1. What amazing photos! They make a very handsome couple and I love the photo of them on their honeymoon.

    1. Hi Jana, I really treasure these photos - my 'nana' (Mary Bell) was always very sensibly dressed by the time I knew her. Seeing old pictures of her looking so glam is a joy!

  2. This house looks like a house beside what is known locally as the devils bridge

    1. Thank you very much for letting me know...I'll maybe get up that way one day and see it for myself, it's nice to know the house is still there.