Golden date for Dalkeith couple

The historic double wedding of Hugh and Kitty Lynch, and Patrick and Agnes Sweeney, took place at St David's RC Church on January 27, 1939.
The historic double wedding of Hugh and Kitty Lynch, and Patrick and Agnes Sweeney, took place at St David's RC Church on January 27, 1939.

Golden wedding celebrations have helped shine a light on the first double wedding to be held in Dalkeith.

Mary Gallagher’s 50th wedding anniversary prompted her to highlight a little-known slice of local history – her parents’ 1934 marriage at St David’s RC Church.

An historic ceremony on January 27 that year saw Patrick and Agnes Sweeney tie the knot alongside Hugh and Kitty Lynch.

As Mary is keen to point out, the unique ceremony involving her uncle Hugh and his sister Agnes was the first of its kind in the town.

The 71-year-old told the Advertiser: “We were married at the same church, and our celebrations got me thinking about my parents’ wedding. This was definitely the first double ceremony in Dalkeith and it’s only right that it goes down in history.”

A stonemason by trade, Donegal-born Patrick took to working down the pits after arriving in Midlothian aged 15. Alongside Kitty and Hugh, Agnes, who was born and raised in Dalkeith, lived with her husband in the family home at 19 Gibraltar Terrace before the couple moved to Woodburn Bank.

Read full story in the September 13 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.