anchorme has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jul 2010. is researching the following names: OHARA.
that was probably Alexander McNEIL + Alice CHIRNSIDE
many thanks ngairedith
there is obviously a great story to be told about the courtship and marriage of Alexander McNeil & Alice Chirnside
From the Hawera Star 2 December 1882 - SENSATIONAL and ROMANTICE - DUNEDIN, this day
The Resident Magistrate's Court-house, Balclutha, is stated to have been densely packed on Wednesday with attendants. A young man named McNeil was charged by Miss Chirnside with having shot at her with intent to kill. It was expected that the evidence taken would have revealed some very interesting features, but the case was withdrawn without any evidence being taken at all, and what was better the respective parties, acting under their counsel's advice, adjourned to the nearest registrar's office and were made man and wife before they were twenty minutes out of court
hahaha! So that's what they mean by a shotgun wedding.
This is brilliant,will have to follow this story up. They sure new how to get things done in the 'good old days'.
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