The last duel held in
was in 1833. It was also the last fatal duel. The
pistols used can be viewed at the local museum in Ontario , Lanark County Ontario. Perth
The participants were Robert Lyon and John Wilson accompanied by their respective seconds, Henri Lelievre (probably Lel-ee-vray) and Simon Robertson respectively. The focus of the confrontation was a school teacher Elizabeth Hughes.
Robert Lyon was born in
on Inverurie, Scotland December 30, 1812. Along with his family he moved to in 1829. Canada
John Wilson was born
February 5, 1807 in Paisley, and came to “the colonies” with his family in Renfrewshire, Scotland about 1823. In 1833 he was studying law under James
In early June of 1833
also a law student, made disparaging remarks about Elizabeth Hughes. John
Wilson heard these remarks and, since he had begun a relationship with the
young school teacher, demanded that Lyon retract the
remarks which at the instant he did.
Most of us are aware how the passage of a few minutes which then become hours can change the view one might have of events. Apparently this happened with Robert Lyon for, at the urging of a “friend” Henri Lelievre, he challenged
. Due to an ordinance which had recently been passed
in one county they arranged for the duel to take place across the Wilson in another jurisdiction. Tay River
June 13, 1833. The two combatants paced off the distance, turned
and fired. Both missed.
Everyone is satisfied, right?
No, not for Lelievre. He insisted that satisfaction had not been achieved and demanded a reload; the pistols where recharged and re-primed.
When they where fired this time
Lyon fell. He was rowed back across the river to where he died a short time later. Perth
Wilson and his second, Simon Robertson were arrested by the Sheriff and tried in
for murder where they were acquitted. Brockville
Dec. 30, 1812 – June 13, 1833.
Feb. 5, 1807 – June 3, 1869.
The last official duel, yes. Not the last gun battle. There seems to be one every few monts, usually in an urban area between gang members or with one of the police forces involved.
Most of the gun battles recorded in the late 1800s were between groups with several shooters on each side. Some of the confrontations where exagerated with the telling and some became, "oh, nothing worth talking about."