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Lyon, Thomas Henry



  • Existence: 1825 - 1914

Biographical Note

Thomas Henry Lyon was born October 28, 1825 to Thomas and Eliza Lyon of Appleton Hall, near Warrington, Lancashire, England. He attended Eton College before joining the Royal Navy in 1839, attaining the rank of Lieutenant in 1846. Lyon served on a number of vessels, including the H.M.S. Blonde, H.M.S. Columbine, and H.M.S. Ganges. After leaving the navy in 1853, he settled at Appleton Hall, which he inherited in 1859. From 1854-1856 he was a member of the 1st Royal Cheshire Militia. He married Vanda Wilson-Patten in 1860. She died in childbirth in 1861. Lyon was remarried in 1872 to Edith Grace Branker, with whom he had a daughter, Dorothy, in 1876. He died of influenza on November 13, 1914.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Thomas Henry Lyon papers

Scope and Contents Contains two loose leaves (circa 1840s), two diaries (1842 and 1846-1849), an inventory of plate (1884), and a commemorative book in calligraphy (1890). The diaries serve primarily as a travel log, recording information about Lyon's sea voyages from England to places like Africa, Borneo, China, and Egypt. The loose leaves discuss King Charles II of England. The inventory of plate details specific silver items owned by Lyon. The commemorative book thanks Mrs. and Mr. Lyon, in beautiful...
Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research; portions available digitally.

Dates: 1840 - 1890; Majority of material found within 1840 - 1890