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Last Fatal Duel 1833, The

Here died the victim of the last fatal duel fought in this province, June 13, 1833. Two law students and former friends, John Wilson and Robert Lyon, quarrelled over remarks made by the latter concerning a local school teacher, Elizabeth Hughes. The dispute was aggravated by the prompting of Lyon’s second, Henry Le Lievre, a bellicose army veteran. Lyon was killed in the second exchange of shots, while Wilson was acquitted of a charge of murder, married Miss Hughes, and became a member of parliament and a judge.

Location

In front of the Inderwick House where the wounded Lyon was taken, now the property of the Ontario Heritage Trust, 66 Craig Street, Perth

Region: Eastern Ontario

County/District: County of Lanark

Municipality: Town of Perth

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