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Thomas Henry Lyon papers

Collection MS-1986-118: Thomas Henry Lyon papers


  • Creation: 1840 - 1890
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1840 - 1890

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 calligraphy, for sponsoring a fete at Appleton Hall in aid of Stretton Church and Schools, and is signed by the fete organizers. It includes a photograph of St. Matthew's Church in Stretton.


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research; portions available digitally.

Restrictions on use

Though the copyright interests have not been transferred to Boston College, all of the items in the collection are in the public domain.

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 HMS Blonde, HMS Columbine, and HMS 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.


England & Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906. Great Budworth, Cheshire, England; 1741-1833; film number 1655825., Accessed March 18, 2013.

Furneaux, Clare. The Lyon Family of Appleton Hall and Stretton Parish Church. Alfresco Books: Appleton. 1996.

Lyon family and estate records, WMS 1157, Warrington Library, Warrington, England.


1 Linear Feet (1 container)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.


Because the current accessioning system was not used until January 1986, it is not possible to know exactly the dates of acquisition of materials received before that time.

Existence of digital copies

Portions of this collection are available digitally. Links are included in the inventory.

Related Materials

Lyon family and estate records, WMS 1157, Warrington Library, Warrington, England.

Thomas Henry Lyon Papers
circa 1840-1890 (bulk circa 1840-1849)
Adrienne Pruitt and Shelley Barber
March 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
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Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States