Trying to work out who is in the photo above and below is a part detective, but guess work based on the announcement below and picture below from Agnes Fox’s scrapbook. It’s definitely Sir Douglas and his wife Mary (Wright) sitting in the front row. The man in the middle behind them is my great grandfather Ernest Beresford Fitzherbert Wright. He’s not with his wife Lucy Adeline (née Fox) who is probably sitting in front row. At a guess I would say it’s her on the left and her sister Agnes Selina on the right. After that it gets more difficult. The Reverand and his wife could either be Rev. Edward H. Askwith and his wife Mary Douglas (née Fox) or Rev. James S. Wimbush and his wife Judith Isabel (née Fox). The other male on the left I’m guessing is the son Francis Douglas Fox and his wife. If I was a better man I’d say it back row left to right was Mildred Fox (née Harris) and her husband Francis Douglas Fox, Judith Isabel Askwith (née Fox), Ernest Beresford Fitzherbert Wright, and Mary Douglas Wimbush (née Fox) and Rev. James S. Wimbush. I say this because Mary was older than Judith.
SIR DOUGLAS FOX.
(Special to THE AFRICAN WORLD.) .
On Monday, May 26, at the Grange, Kippington, near Sevenoaks, Kent, Sir Douglas
and Lady Fox, with their entire family gathered round them, celebrated the fiftieth Anniversary of their wedding day. The lmmediate family party consisted of the Rev. Edward H . Askwith, D.D. , and Mrs. Askwith (daughter), of the Vicarage, Kirbky Lonsdale, Wesmorland; Mr. F . Douglas Fox (son and partner) and Mrs. Fox, of 19,
The Square, Kensington, IV. ; the Rev. James S. Wimbush and Mrs. Wimbush (daughter ), of the Rectory, Terrington, Yorks; Mr. E. B. FitzHerbcrt Wright and Mrs. Wright (daughter ), of Henbury Manor, Wimborne, Dorset; and MissAgnes Selina
Fox (daughter) ; Sir Douglas Fox’s two brother.”, Sir Francis Fox (partner , knighted
for his services in connection with the restoration of Winchester Cathedral and his
long and brilliant professional career) and Mr Henry Fox, and hiss cousin Colonel Sir
Malcolm Fox, K.C.B. (late of the Highland Black Watch Regiment, and for sometime
head of the Anny Gymnastic Department at Aldershot).
The Rev. Carr Glynn Acworth, Sir Douglas best man in 1863, proposed the bride
and bridegroom’s health at dinner, with thirty guests sat down. The beautIful
grounds of the Grange were resplendent with flowers, shrubs, and plants, and the
almost tropical cal sunshine made the day a very enjoyable one. Many choice and
valuable presents were received, and during tile day Sir Douglas was the recipient of a
large number of letters and telegrams of congratulation from friends at home and
abroad. The following announcement appeared in the “Times” of May 26:
Fox-WRIGHT.- On the 26th May, 1863, at Osmaston Church, Charles Douglas, son
of Sir Charles Fox, to Mary, daughter of Francis Wright, of Osmaston Manor, Derbyshire, and granddaughter of Sir Henry FitzHer ert, Bart. Sir Douglas Fox has had a long and brilliant connection with South Africa as head of the firm of Sir Douglas Fox and Partners, who, associated with Sir Charles Metcalfe, Bart., have acted·as Civil and Consulting Engineers to the Cape Government Railways. The Rhodesia Mallhonaland and Beira Railways Company, the Benguella Railway, and the Shire Highlands Railway
Company (Nyasaland ). His father Sir Charles Fox, built the first railway in the
Cape Colony, from Cape Town to Wellington. His firm, with Sir Charles Metcalfe,
Bart, have Supervised as engineers the construction of over 3,500 miles of railways in
the African continent of the standard 3 ft . 6 in, gauge. In England the firm have carried out, amongst other important works, the Great Central Railway (extension to:London) , Rugby to London and the Marylebone terminus, the Mersey Tunnel between Liverpool and Birkenhead, the Liverpool Overhead Railway (the first electric railway in England ), the Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Tube Railway, and the Great Northern and City Tube Railway.