Lyon of Auldbar

Information from Burke’s "History of the Commoner",Vol 4

Found in Cardiff Library

LYON, JOHN, Esq. representative of the family, succeeded hid father, David Lyon,Esq. of Portland Place,London and of Jamaica, in June 1827.

ARMS: Argent, a lion rampant azure, armed and langued, within a double tressure flowered and counterflowered, gules. CRESTS: LYON, A lady to the girdle, holding in her right hand the royal thistle, inclosed in a circle of laurel proper, in allusion to the alliance of Sir John Lyon with Jean daughter of King Robert II. OCHTERLONY, Out of an eastern coronet, the rim inscribed with the word "Nepaul",and arm embowed, habited gules, cuff azure, the hand grasping a baton, wreathed with laurel proper, second a swan, wings elevated, argent, collared, chain reflexed over the back and ducally crowned or charged on the breast with a rose gules. MOTTOES: "In te Domine Speravi", for Lyon. "Prudentia et Animo" for Ochterlony.

Lineage. This family descends in the direct male line from the Honourable Sir Thomas Lyon,Knt.of Auldbar,Forfarshire,North Britain, who was designated Master of Glamis, as presumptive heir to the title, being brother of John, eighth Lord Glamis, grandfather of the first Earl of Strathmore.(see Burke’s Peerage and Baronetage).

Sir Robert Douglas, in his Peerage of Scotland, makes the following mention of Sir Thomas Lyon "He was one of the principal agents in the seizure of the person of King James VI. at the Raid of Ruthven, on the 23rd August 1582. The King going towards the door was stopped by the Master of Glamis, and bursting into tears, Glamis said,’No matter, better children weep than bearded men’. When the King recovered his liberty next year, the Master of Glamis retired into England and was forfeited 2nd March 1584, he returned to Scotland the same year, and with the Earls of Angus and Mar, seized on the Castle of Stirling, but was soon obliged to fly to England, he and other banished lords returning in 1585, with a great force, compelled Stewart,Earl of Arran, to quit the royal presence, and they were received into favour by James, who was pleased to appoint the Master of Glamis captain of his guard in place of Arran, and high treasurer of Scotland, he was constituted an extraordinary Lord of session, 9th February 1585, held it till 6th November 1591, constituted an ordinary Lord of session 28th March 1593, and sat till 28th May, same year. He was knighted at the coronation of James and Queen Anne 27th May 1590, he held the office of treasurer till 1595, had a charter to the Barony of Dod to Thomas Lyon, of Auldbar,knt. and Euphemia Douglas, his wife, 6th April 1594. At his death, King James said, that ‘the boldest and hardiest man in his dominions was dead’. He married first, Agnes, third daughter of Patrick, fifth Lord Gray, relict of Sir Robert Logan, of Restalrig, and Alexander fifth Lord Howe. Secondly, Lady Euphemia Douglas, fourth daughter of William, Earl Morton. He had a daughter married to Robert Semphill, of Belltrees, and a son John Lyon, of Auldbar who was served heir of Sir Thomas Lyon, of Auldbar,knt. his father, in the Barony of Melgund, lands of Auldbar, &c. 6th August 1608, he married a daughter of George Gladstones, Archbishop of St.Andrew’s". His great grandson.

John Lyon,Esq. who settled at Brechin,North Britain, married Elizabeth Burn, also of Brechin, and had issue; John Lyon of whom presently; David Lyon married Isabel Greig and had issue several children, who all died young except Isabella and Margaret, she died unmarried in 1835.

The elder son John Lyon,Esq.of Castle Lyon in Perthshire, and Kinnaird in Fifeshire, married Jane daughter of Alexander Ochterlony,Esq.of Pitforthy, in the county of Angus, she was aunt and representative of the gallant Major-General Sir David Ochterlony,bart.GCB. who died unmarried 1825, they had issue; John Lyon died unmarried; David Lyon of Portland Place,London and Jamaica of whom presently; James Lyon died unmarried in Jamaica; Gilbert Lyon died young; Elizabeth Lyon died young; Margaret Lyon died unmarried; Mary Lyon married to Mr Allardice,Esq. and died sp.

The second son, David Lyon Esq. married to Isabella, eldest daughter of John Read,Esq. of Cairney, Forfarshire, by Anne only daughter of William Guthrie,Esq.of Cleppington and had issue; (1).John Lyon his heir; (2).James Lyon of Woolavington,Sussex married Frances Harriet daughter of Major General Thewles of Rockwood in the county of Roscommon,Ireland and has issue; Edmund David Lyon; James Carisbrook Lyon and Gertrude Lyon. (3).David Lyon of Goring,Sussex late MP. for Beeralston; (4).George Lyon; (5).William Lyon of New lodge,Berkshire Capt.8th Hussars and late MP.for Seaford. (6).Elizabeth Lyon married Lord Kilmaine and died December 1835 leaving issue three sons and five daughters (see Burke’s Peerage and Baronetage); (7).Isabella Lyon married 1stly, James Wedderburn,Esq. who died in 1834, by whom she had one son, I K Wedderburn,esq.2nd Life Guards. 2ndly,Charles Howe Fremantle, esq.Capt.RN. second son of Admiral Sir Thomas Fremantle,bart.GCB.(see Burke’s Baronetage); (8).Mary Lyon died unmarried in 1818 at Montauban in France; (9).Agnes Lyon married Col.John Fremantle,CB.Coldstream Guards, Aide-de-Camp to her majesty and has issue; (10).Emily Lyon married the Hon.Major N H C Massey, brother of Lord Clarina (see Burke’s Peerage).

Mr Lyon was survived by his son, the present John Lyon,Esq.

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