The Lyons of Ledestown

Information found in the Society of Genealogists, London

Upper Library in Document Collection

Lineage of the Family of Lyons of Warkworth Castle,Northants, Ledestown Hall,Westmeath, St.Austins Park,Hants and Cherryhinton Hall,Cambs.

(Descent from the Norman family of Lyons of Warkworth is supposition and I have no conclusive evidence in support, but have been much influenced by certain coincidence)

Sir John de Lyons, a Norman Baron of ancient lineage, crosses to England in the reign of William the Conqueror, circa 1080, and was granted extensive lands in Northamptonshire.

His grandson Sir John de Lyons, living 1154, was granted the estates of Warkworth, in Northamptonshire, by Henry II., circa 1160.

His grandson Sir Richard de Lyons, of Warkworth, living in 1235.

His son Sir John de Lyons, of Warkworth Castle, born in the reign of Henry III. married Margaret, daughter of Sir John Chetewode, dying in 1312.

His son Sir John Lyons, of Warkworth Castle, born in 1299, and fought at Crecy and Poictiers. His daughter and heir, Margaret Lyons, married John Chetewode, her cousin, and inherited Warkworth, which passed into the Chetewode family.

His cousin Richard Lyons, born 1342, was Lord of the Exchequer and attached to the Court of Edward III. He was impeached with Lord Latimer by the Commons before the House of Lords in 1376 for embezzling the Kings Revenue, and though he sent £1000 in a barrel to the Black Prince as a bribe, he was subsequently arrested.

His grandson William Lyons was Governor of Bordeaux in the reign of Henry V. circa.1420.

His grandson Richard Lyons, living circa.1500.

His son Sir Richard Lyons, was Governor of Calais in the reign of Henry VIII. and domiciled in France, espoused the Huguenot Faith.

(Information taken from "Grand Juries of Westmeath 1727-1853, with Historical Appendices", by John Charles Lyons, JP.DL. of Ledestown)

His grandson Captain William Lyons, supporter of Henry of Navarre and the Huguenot Cause, fled to England after the Massacre of St.Bartholomew in 1572, and entering the army of Queen Elizabeth, commanded a company of Cavalry under the Earl of Essex in the Irish wars of 1599 against the Earl of Tyronne. He later acquired from Patrick, Lord Dunsany, the estate of Clonarrow, now known as River Lyons, in King’s County. The transfer was executed in 1622.

His son Charles Lyons,JP.,DL. of River Lyons, High Sheriff of King’s County, married Margret, daughter of Sir Thomas Moore of Croghan, niece of Viscount Moore, grand aunt of the 1st Earl of Charleville and cousin of the Earl of Drogheda.

His son Henry Lyons, JP.,DL. of River Lyons, High Sheriff of King’s County, born 1665, married Lady Ann Rochfort, sister of Robert, 1st Earl of Belvedere, and daughter of the Rt. Hon. George Rochfort, MP. of Gaulstown, by Lady Elizabeth Moore, daughter of Henry, 3rd Earl of Drogheda. His elder daughter, Elizabeth Lyons, married Robert Theophilus Garden, of Marlborough House, Tunbridge Wells, who by right of his wife succeeded to the River Lyons estate.

His brother Major John Lyons, JP.,DL. of Ledestown Hall, Westmeath, High Sheriff of Westmeath, acquired the Ledestown estate in 1715. He entered the army and attained the rank of Major, serving with distinction in the West Indies during the reigns of King William and Queen Anne. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Williams, Lieut.-Governor of Antigua, and relict. of Colonel Richard Ashe. As sole heir of her father, she inherited extensive estates on the Island of Antigua, which Major Lyons augmented by considerable purchases. Having retired from the army after many years of service, Major Lyons returned to Ireland, leaving his forth son, Samuel Lyons, in possession of the larger part of his property on the Island.

His son Charles Lyons, JP.,DL. of Ledestown, High Sheriff of Westmeath, married in 1723, Christiana, daughter of Robert Mason, Esq. of Mason Brook, Co. Galway. His brother, Henry Lyons of Belmont, Muster-Master-General, had an only child, Louise, who married in 1752, Chambre Brabazon Ponsonby, nephew of the Earl of Bessborough.

His brother Samuel Lyons, fourth son of Major Lyons of Ledestown, inherited large estates on the Island of Antigua from his grandfather, Henry Williams, Esq. the Lieut.-Governor.

His son Captain Henry Lyons of Antigua, married Sarah, daughter of Samuel Winthrop Esq., Lieut.-Governor of Antigua, grandson of John Winthrop Esq. of Groton Manor, Suffolk, first Governor of Massachusetts and New England.

His grandson John Lyons, JP. of Sturtlow House, Huntingdon and Antigua, married in 1753, Jane the daughter of Colonel Samuel Harman, of Harmans, Antigua, dying at Bath in 1775.

His son John Lyons, JP. DL., of St.Austins, Hants and Antigua, born in 1760, married Catherine, daughter of Maine Swete Walrond, Esq. JP.DL., 5th Marquis de Vallado in the peerage of Spain, of Dulford House, Devon, cousin of the Walronds of Bradfield, and Co-heir to the barony of Welles.

His eldest son Admiral John Lyons, born 1787, fought under Lord Nelson on the "Victory".

The fourth brother Edmund, 1st Baron Lyons of Christchurch, GCB.,GCMG.,KCH.,DCL.,Knight Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Savoy, Knight of St. Louis, Knight Commander of the Redeemer, Knight of the Medjidie, Admiral of the White, Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet 1855, British Minister to Berne, 1849, To Stockholm, 1851. Born 1790, married 1814, Augusta Louisa, daughter of Capt. Josias Rogers, RN. His son, the 1st Earl Lyons was British Ambassador to France, 1867-87, and his elder daughter, Augusta married in 1839, Henry Granville, 14th Duke of Norfolk, KG.

The eighth brother General Humphrey Lyons, CB. born 1802 married 2nd, the Hon. Adelaide Yelverton, daughter of the 3rd Viscount Avonmore, and was father of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Algernon Lyons, GCB. of Kilrough.

The sixth brother William Lyons, born at St.Austins in 1797, married Mary the daughter of John Adams,Esq. of Wem, Salop.

His son Robert Henry Lyons, born 18–, married 18–, a daughter of Donald Maclachlan.

His son Surgeon Major Richard Thomas Lyons, Indian Army, of Cherryhinton Hall, Cambridge, born 18–, married 1st, 25th May 1875, at the British Embassy, Paris, Eliza Grace, third daughter of Sir John Rose-Cormack, MD.,FRCP.,FRS. Chev.Leg.Hon.,Physician to the British Embassy, Paris, and granddaughter of the Rev.John Cormack, DD.,MA. of Stow, Midlothian, by Helen Rose, sister of General Sir John Rose, KCB.,JP.,DL. High Sheriff of Inverness, and daughter of John Rose Esq. JP.,DL. 13th Laird of Holme, Nairn, descendant of Hugh Rose, 7th Baron Kilravock. Eliza Grace Lyons died on the 14th April 1876, having given birth to a son, John Rose-Cormack Lyons. Col. Lyons married 2nd, on the 31st August 1881, at Staveley, Elizabeth Seymour, daughter of Martyn Seymour, Esq. of Staveley, Derbyshire. Elizabeth Seymour Lyons died on the 15th May 1883. Col. Lyons married 3rd, on the 21st January 1888, at St.Pauls Cathedral, Melbourne, Victoria, Helen Rose, eldest daughter of Sir John Rose-Cormack. Col. Lyons died at Cambridge in 1903. Helen Rose Lyons died in 1921.

His son John Rose-Cormack Lyons, MA.,Cantab. Born at Simla on the 5th April 1876, Educated at Rugby and Pembroke College, Cambridge (Science Tripos), Barrister-at-law, Inner Temple, 1900. Legal Adviser to the Jamaican Government, 1907-1909. Judicial Adviser to the Siamese Government, 1910-1930. High Court Judge in Siamese International Courts, Bangkok, 1919-1930. Retired 1930. Married at Belfast in 1905, Elizabeth Reid Wensley, eldest daughter of Andrew Moore Esq. of Haslam Villas, Belfast, and granddaughter of Alexander Moore, Esq. Royal Irish Constabulary, Chief Constable of Co. Cavan. John Rose-Cormack Lyons died 1940’s.

His son John Michael Rose-Cormack Lyons.

Arms: Sa. on a Chev. Between three Lions sejant guard Ar.

Crest: On a Chapeau Gu. turned up Ermine, a Lion’s head erased Ar.

Motto. Noli Irritare Leones.

Irish Seat: Ledestown Hall, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath.

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