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The Photography of Kathleen Lyon
The Photography of Kathleen Lyon

Scrapbook of photographs taken by Miss Lyon. Page 1 monochrome photo of Miss Lyon as a debutante, with handwritten inscription 'Kathleen J Lyon Born 1885; Died 1983' and a newspaper cutting of her funeral notice. The notice reads: "Lyon – On April 15, 1983, at Cambusavie Hospital, Dornoch, in her 98th year, KATHLEEN JANE LYON, daughter of the late Cdr Lyon R.N. and of the late Mrs Lyon of Ospisdale, Sutherland. Funeral service in Dornoch Cathedral on Monday April 18th at 11.30 a.m. Cremation thereafter private."
Picture added on 24 April 2008
Miss Lyon was an independent character who was deeply interested in the history not only of the Ospisdale estate but of Sutherland and Scotland more generally. When Miss Lyon died she left her books to another local lady with strong historical interests, Rosemary Mackenzie, who had started Tain Museum in 1966. Following Rosemary's death the books went on long term to Tain Museum, where they are now. Rosemary's interest in history had been awakened by Miss Rosa Williamson Ross of Pitcalnie, who was Tain's version of Dornoch's Miss Lyon, and who died unmarried in 1968 at a similarly advanced age (and as Chief of Clan Ross). Both Miss Lyon and Miss Rosa spent years organising and researching their family papers and making copious notes before sending the original documents to the National Archives. Miss Rosa's notebooks are in Tain Museum just as Miss Lyon's are in Historylinks. The death of these ladies marked the end of an era.

Interestingly, Miss Lyon and Miss Rosa were related. In 1837 George Ross of Pitcalnie, Miss Rosa's great uncle, married Catherine Gilchrist of Ospisdale, who as far as I can work out was Miss Lyon's great aunt.
Added by Estelle Quick on 26 May 2008
Would you type out what Kathleen's death notice says please as I can't read it. Many thanks. Lori

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The Young Miss LyonPrint of portrait of Dugald Gilchrist by Thomas Duncan. Drive at OspisdaleGarden at 12 Castle Street, DornochArticles of estate of Ardens Second view towards Clashmore from Standing stone at OspisdaleView towards Clashmore from the Standing stone at OspisdaleRecording of Interview about Miss LyonBill from Macnaughton & Watson, Glasgow ~ 1913Lock-up, Ruabon ~ Collection of negatives belonging to Miss K. L. Lyon