The Photographer’s Children

We believe Alf Burgess set up his photography business in Market Lavington in 1886. The following year he married Marion Gray who hailed from Lanarkshire in Scotland.

The couple were blessed with a number of children.

At the time of the 1891 census they had two boys, Robert (who was always known as Robin) and George. We might speculate that a first born had already been lost since Robert was just two and George was one.

In 1901 there were six sons. Robert W was 12 and Alfred G was 10. Then there were John G (8), Hugh Cecil (6),  Allan H (3) and Charles F (1)

The 1911 census tells us that Alf and Marion had been married for 24 years and had produced 7 children of which 5 were still alive. They all lived at home so we know they were Robert William (22), Alfred George (21), Hugh Cecil (16), Alan Herbert (13) and Charles Frederick (11). John Gray Burgess had died in 1902 aged just nine.

All of which brings us to today’s photo which shows the 6 boys of Alfred and Marion Burgess.

The Burgess Boys - sons of Alfred, the Market Lavington photographer and his wife Marion.

The Burgess Boys – sons of Alfred, the Market Lavington photographer and his wife Marion.

The photo must have been taken in about 1901 and shows from left to right, George, Robert, Hugh, John, Allan and Charles.

Alf has vignetted this photo – the corners have been faded. No doubt it was thought to be a delightful romanticised family snapshot.  And quite right too, for that is just what it is.

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2 Responses to “The Photographer’s Children”

  1. Says:

    Thanks so much for that, it’s a lovely photo!

    Are the names marked or have you just gone on the apparent heights? It seems odd that they should not have seated them in order of age and I wonder if the second one is simply not sitting up straighter!!

    Best wishes

    Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

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