Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Lyon
Designation: Architect
Born: 1876
Died: 30 August 1938
Bio Notes: John Lyon was born in Aberdeen in 1876, the son of John Lyon, of Lilybank, Aberdeen and nephew of Alexander Lyon, Lord Provost of Aberdeen. He was and educated at Robert Gordon's College and studied architecture at Gray's School of Art. He was articled to Ellis & Wilson in Aberdeen and to Niven & Wigglesworth in London and in 1896 emigrated to South Africa. He initially worked in the office of Sydney Stent in Cape Town but opened business on his own account two years later. He lived at Chartley Road, Rondebosch at that time. An account of his work in South Africa is given in Artefacts, the dictionary of the built environment in South Africa (

Lyon married Winifred Hindle Gillman in December 1901 at St Paul's Rondebosch. A daughter was born in 1904 (and other children later). He made several trips back home. He took a lively interest in his old alma mater and contributed to various schemes at Robert Gordon's over the years.

Lyon died suddenly in 1938 survived by his wife and a grown up family.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Rondebosch, Cape Town, South AfricaPrivate1902  
Item 2 of 2Glen Gairn, Sea Point, Cape Town, South AfricaPrivate1904  

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Ellis & Wilson  Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Niven & Wigglesworth 1896Assistant(?) 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of Website of artefacts, for the recording of South African buildingsAccessed December 2014

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Aberdeen Journal21 January 1902   
Item 2 of 3Aberdeen Journal20 September 1904   
Item 3 of 3Aberdeen Journal8 September 1938