It was all for the love of a woman.
This vintage PERTH LIONS pin commemorates the SITE OF CANADA'S LAST FATAL DUEL 1833. The Lions Club formed in Perth in 1953.
The Ontario Canada club pin refers to this event...
Robert Lyon (1812 – 1833), the son of a British officer, was said to be the last fatality in Canadian dueling history, shot by a fellow law student John Wilson in 1833.
Lyon was born in Inverurie, Scotland in 1812 and came to Canada along with his family in 1829.
Initiated by the 20-year old Lyon at the urging of his eventual "second" Henri Lelievre, the duel was held over the love of local schoolteacher Elizabeth Hughes and occurred above the Tay Canal outside Perth, Ontario. After Lyon's death, Wilson and his second Samuel Robertson were both charged with murder in Brockville, Ontario, though acquitted. Two years later he married Elizabeth Hughes and they had three children together. He went on to become a judge and Member of Parliament before dying in 1869.
The pin is enamel on gilded brass. The two-part pin has the plaque description on top and the figural dueling pistol dangling below. Back of pin is marked BREADNER CO. LTD. - HULL, QUE. CANADA.
Pin measures 1 3/4 by 1 3/4 inches. Excellent vintage condition. This is a rare pin about a rare event.
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