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1066 - 2015

I am Michael Hewitt who is only a Lyon on my mother’s side with no connection with anyone in the book so there is no claim to have connections with the Royal Family.  I was born in Holland in 1935, the first son of English parents from Hull in East Yorkshire.  My parents moved to Brussels after the war.

        We children were sent to boarding schools in England and I eventually joined the Welsh Guards and attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst where I resigned before graduation to join British Petroleum in London.  

In 1957 I decided to emigrate to the USA and lived in Chicago and Milwaukee for many years. I married Dolores and we had two sons and a daughter. I returned to England in 1964 and we later had another son in 1969.  I worked in Rescue Mission work in the 1960’s in Milwaukee.

I was an evangelist and pastor and did many jobs to support my family moving north to Oldham where I also became a Lecturer in General Studies, worked in prisons for 4 years then moved to Widnes for several years teaching disabled children and computer studies. I wrote my first book at this time but have never tried to publish it. I am writing it now because of my interest in Aspergers and Autism.

I am now re-married to Gill who has put up with me for 26 years. A few years ago I took an interest in genealogy and built a large family tree for the Hewitts and for other people. I became fascinated with the Lyon family because of a good friend of my wife - Sylvia Dillon (Lyon).  She has been a great helper and source of encouragement because many times believing that I had bitten off more than I could chew!

The Lyon family still fascinate me and I cannot believe that, since the beginning of the 20th. century no-one seems to have taken on the task..  There is so much material available about the family it would take ten years to carry out a complete study. There is usually a difference between the Lyon and Lyons family so I have decided to keep them separate.

There is enough material in the book for novel writers to find plots for plays or films about some of the events in the family history.  Much has been written about the late Queen Mother and her offspring but no-one seems to have noticed that her ancestors have been, for the most part, ignored.  I hope that the book will possibly start to put this right.

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