George Lyon, highwayman

Started by: JR (119)

Could anyone direct me to the precise location of George Lyon's grave at St Thomas' Church, Upholland. I was there today and despite being told it was under the cantilever of the steps, I couldn't find it. I know it doesn't bear his name but that of his presumed daughter, Nanny Lyon. There are 2 sets of steps, but to be fair, the graveyard was covered in fallen leaves. I need to find this as I will be assisting in making a documentary on this local 'hero' or villain when things get back to normal.
As I was already there, I took a look at a more famous grave - Robert Daglish (he was a locomotive pioneer for those who haven't heard of him). Now, the historic records describe a marble memorial; I don't know who these historians are but they should perhaps get the advice of a geologist as it is actually granite - marble outside is to be avoided. Take a look at what happened to the original Boer War statue in Mesnes Park - by the 1960s it had worn away so much that it had to be broken up and disposed of. Even as a kid I remember the face being totally indistinguishable. For memorials, granite is best, our local sandstone isn't bad too. But apart from that, the question here is where is Mr Lyon's grave? The beauty of technology - I no longer have say "Answers on a postcard please to PO box number...."!!!

Started: 23rd Oct 2020 at 16:25
Last edited by JR: 23rd Oct 2020 at 17:22:38

Posted by: Diston (179)

JR, Go to the steps that lead to the church front door at the top of the steps go a few yards to your left look over the steel fence George lyons grave is directly below up agaist the wall.

Replied: 23rd Oct 2020 at 21:23

Posted by: JR (119)

Many thanks Diston.
I will go back and look. Are you local to Upholland as I would like to get local opinions of George Lyon, all accepted without prejudice.

Replied: 23rd Oct 2020 at 22:16

Posted by: winnie (1316)

Replied: 24th Oct 2020 at 16:14

Posted by: tonker (22308) 

Replied: 24th Oct 2020 at 17:24

Posted by: JR (119)

Ha ha, yes. But I dont think George was so much the Dandy!

Replied: 24th Oct 2020 at 18:01

Posted by: tonker (22308) 

He might've been 'Bandy'?

Anyroadup, he wasn't the last highwayman to be executed at Lancaster Castle, contrary to popular belief. He wasn't a Wigan Highwayman either. He wasn't even a bloody 'Highwayman', for gawd's sakes, or a Wiganer!

Replied: 24th Oct 2020 at 21:19

Posted by: JR (119)

I agree. I looked at the Lancaster records and have seen other hangings for highway robbery after him. He wasn't a Wiganer but did a lot of his thieving in Wigan... and as far as I know he was merely a 'footpad' as he didn't own a horse. He borrowed one when he robbed the Liverpool mail coach.

Replied: 25th Oct 2020 at 12:16

Posted by: JR (119)

One more question - does anyone know the house where George Lyon lived? Even if it's demolished I'd like to know the location.

Replied: 25th Oct 2020 at 13:35


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