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The Lyons of Ledestown
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.
Pedigree of Family of Lyons.
Formerly of Rion Lyons, Kings Country, Ireland.
Pedigree of Family of Lyons formerly of Rion Lyons, Kings County, Ireland and of the Island of Antigua, afterwards of Letworth, Hunts and now of Kilvrough, Glamorganshire.
(1) Capt.William Lyons, lived in the reigns of Elizabeth, James I. and Charles I. Served in Ireland and received grants of land and brought other land there. Renamed Clonarrow, Kings Co. "Rion Lyons", died 1633. Married Margaret, daughter of Sir Thomas Moore of Croham Castle.
| (2) Charles Lyons of Rion Lyons, King’s Co. born 1617, died 1694.
Married his first cousin Margaret Moore.
| Geoffrey Lyons.
| (3) Henry Lyons sometime of Philadalphia, Major in Army, acquired the Lyons Estate in | Antigua, died 1715. Married 1690 Sarah daughter and heir of Capt.Samuel Winthrop and great | granddaughter of John Winthrop, 1st Governor of New England.
| | (4) Henry Lyons of Lyons, Antigua, died 1746.
| | Married Amy, daughter of Samuel Parry.
| | | Henry, died 1737 at Harrow School.
| | | Joseph born 1725 died without issue.
| | | Married 1748 daughter of Colonel Bryan.
| | | (5) John Lyons of Lyons of Lyons & Antigua & Sturtlow Place,Letworth,Hunts & the
| | Paragon, Bath. Born in Antigua 1731, succeeded to Lyons Estate on death of his brother
| | Joseph. Died at Bath 1775.
| | Married 1753 at Antigua, Jane daughter of Colonel Harman.
| | | Henry Lyons born 1753 died 1770.
| | | Samuel Lyons born 1755 died 1757.
| | | (6) John Lyons died 1803.
| | | Married 1st his 2nd cousin Catherine Walrond.
| | | 2nd Elizabeth Robbins (2 sons and 1 daughter).
| | | | John Lyons, Vice Admiral.
| | | | Edmund Lyons, Admiral, 1st Lord Lyons.
| | | | | Mowbray Lyons, Killed.
| | | | | Edmund Lyons, 2nd Lord Lyons died unmarried.
| | | | | Augusta Mary Minna Catherine Lyons.
| | | | Married 14th Duke of Norfolk.
| | | | Henry Lyons, Lieut.RN killed at Copenhagen.
| | | | George Lyons died in infancy.
| | | | William Lyons.
| | | | Married Mary Adams.
| | | | Main Walrond Lyons, Lieut.RN killed at Navarino.
| | | | (7) Humphrey Lyons, Major General Indian Army.
| | | | Married Elizabeth Bennett of Liverpool.
| | | | | Miriam Lyons.
| | | | | Married James Alex.Hankey.
| | | | | | 12 Children.
| | | | | Charlotte Lyons.
| | | | | Married Col.George Laarmouth.
| | | | | | 6 Children.
| | | | | Edmund Lyons, Colonel Indian Army.
| | | | | Married.
| | | | | | Edmund Lyons.
| | | | | Married.
| | | | | | Algernon Lyons.
| | | | | Married.
| | | | | | 3 Children.
| | | | | (8) Sir Algernon Mc Lauren Lyons,GCB, Admiral of the Fleet. Died 1908.
| | | | Married Louisa Jane daughter & heiress of Thomas Penrice of Kilvrough,
| | | | Glamorgan.
| | | | | Thomas H Lyons HBM Diplomatic Service, Died 1918 without issue.
| | | | | Married Alexina McEwson.
| | | | | (9) Algernon Lyons, Lieut.RN.
| | | | | Married 1915 his cousin Isabell Little.
| | | | | (9) Winefred Lyons.
| | | | | Married 1920 H S Puxley.
| | | | | (9) Maud Lyons.
| | | | Married 1915 Edgar Wallace Mead, HBM Consular Service in China,
| | | | Barrister at Law, BA. Contab.
| | | | | (10) Thomas Gifford Maed, born 1917, Consulate General, China.
| | | | | Pamela Isobel Lyons born 1918, died 1919.
| | | | | Christine Margaret Lyons.
| | | | Born 1922.
| | | | Caroline Lyons.
| | | Married Henry Shephard Pearson.
| | | | Augusta Pearson.
| | | Married Knightley Little.
| | | | Ernest Little.
| | | Married.
| | | | Isabell Little.
| | | Married Algernon Lyons her cousin, Lieut. RN (see 9 above).
| | | Joseph Lyons died in infancy.
| | | William Lyons of Tenby.
| | Rev.Samuel Lyons.
| | | Amy Lyons.
| | | Dorothy Lyons.
| | | Catherine Lyons.
| | William Lyons.
| | Sarah Lyons.
| Married Main Sweete Walrond.
| | Catherine Walrond.
| Married John Lyons (see 6 above).
| John Lyons of Ledestown (temp William and Anne).
| Married Elizabeth daughter of Henry Williams, Deputy Governor of Antigua.
| 3 other sons.
| 4 other daughters.
Walronds of Bradfield and the family of Lyons
Sire Ricardus de Waleran, a companion of William the Conqueror, 1066
John Walrond of Bradfield, Lord of the Manor of Cullumpton,Devon, born 1445, married Margaret, daughter of John Moore, of Moore Hayes, Devon.
His elder son, John Walrond, of Bradfield, was ancestor of the first Lord Waleran.
Osmond Walrond, of Sea, Lord of the Manor of Ilminster, was younger son of John Walrond of Bradfield.
Henry Walrond, of Sea, Married in 1586, Elizabeth, granddaughter and sole heir of Sir William Levenish of Hellingleigh, himself sole heir of the Royal Barony of Welles and descendant of Edward I.
Humphrey Walrond, of Sea, married Elizabeth, granddaughter of Lord d’Aroy.
Col.Humphrey Walrond, of Sea, Governor of Barbados, created in 1653 by Philip IV. of Spain, Marquis of Vallada, Conde de Paramar, Conde de Valleronda and Grandee, 1st Class of Spain.
George Walrond, 2nd Marquis of Sea, lost his arm in service of Charles I. married in 1645 Francis daughter of William Coryton, of Coryton, by Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Chichester of Rayleigh.
Maine-Swete Walrond, 5th Marquis of Dulford House, Cullompton, JP.,DL. married 1743 Sarah, sister and heir of William Lyons of Philadelphia.
Joseph Lyons Walrond, JP.,DL., 6th Marquis of Dulford House, married daughter of Admiral Sir William Codrington,GCB, dying in 1815.
Bethell Walrond, JP.,DL. 8th Marquis of Dulford House, MP. for Sudbury and Saltash, born 1802, married 1829 Lady Janet St.Clair daughter of 2nd Earl of Rosslyn, GCB. Ancient barony of Welles was declared in his favour, but abeyance not terminated.
Henry Walrond, JP., 9th Marquis of Dulford House, Hon.Col. 4th Bat. Devonshire Regt. born 1841, married 1861, Caroline daughter of William John Clarke, JP.,DL. of Buckland Toussaints, Devon, dying in 1917.
Henry Humphrey Walrond, 10th Marquis of Exeter, born 1862, married 1901, Gertrude daughter of Col.Sir Stephen Hill, KCMG.,CB.
Maine-Swete Walrond, JP.,DL., 5th Marquis de Vallado, Heir General to the Barony of Welles, of Dulford House,Devonshire and Antigua, born 1725, married 1748 Sarah sister and heir of William Lyons of Antigua and Philidelphia.
Catherine Walrond, married 1784 John Lyons JP.,DL. of St.Austins Hall,Hants and Antigua, father of the 1st Lord Lyons.
William Lyons, born 1797 married Mary daughter of John Adams of Wem,Salop.
Robert Henry Lyons married Mary Stewart Maclachlan.
Col.Richard Lyons married 1875, Grace daughter of Sir John Ross-Cormack, Chev.Leg.Hon.
John Rose Cormack Lyons born 1876 married Elizabeth daughter of Andrew Moore, of Co.Down.
John Michael Rose Cormack Lyons.