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{{subst:Quick infobox|John Lyon|1702|1790|}} John Lyon (born 1702 died 1790), antiquary, was born in 1702. He was elected scholar of Trinity College, Dublin, in 1727, graduated with a BA in 1729, MA in 1732, and accumulated his degrees in divinity on 22 October 1751 (Dublin Graduates, as 'Lyons'). On 2 August 1740 he became minor canon of St. Patrick's, Dublin (Cotton, Fasti, ii. 199). He was made prebendary of Rathmichael in the same cathedral on 12 April 1751 (ibid'.'. ii. 172), of Ta-sagart on 15 November 1771 (ibid'.'. ii. 163), and of Malahidert on 23 June 1787 (ibid'.'. ii. 155). In 1764 he was elected curate of St. Bride, Dublin, and subsequently obtained the rectory of Killeshill, County Tyrone (Nichols, Illustr. of Lit. vii. 778). He was buried in St. Patrick's Cathedral on 12 June 1790; his wife was buried there on 24 February 1790. Lyon, although he never published anything, was reputed a learned ecclesiologist. 'There is no one', says Monck Mason, 'to whom the Irish antiquarian is more indebted; to his diligence we chiefly owe the preservation of whatever remains of the ecclesiastical antiquities of Dublin'. For several years he was engaged, under the auspices of Swift, in investigating the antiquities of St. Patrick's, and received several grants of money for the prosecution of his researches. Swift in his last illness was confided to Lyon's care. Some manuscripts of Swift which remained in his hands were communicated to Sir Walter Scott by his nephew, Thomas Steele (ibid'.'. v. 397). He also left valuable manuscript remarks upon Hawkesworth's 'Life of Swift', which have proved of the greatest use to succeeding biographers. [DNB 1][DNB 2][1]


  1.  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain

    G. G.

    (1893). "Lyon, John (1702-1790) (DNB00)". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography 34. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 0.

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These references are found in the DNB article referred to above.

  1. Mason's St. Patrick's Cathedral, pages 407–9 and note A, page lxiii
  2. Scott's Swift, 1824, i. 46, 451.

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