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Major Carlyon

Major Carlyon

A carte-de-visite portrait of a sitter identified in the Silvy daybooks as 'Major Carlyon'. This is probably Major Thomas Tristram Spry Carlyon (1822-1884) of Tregrahan, Par Station, Cornwall.

Born on 6 April 1822, the son of Edward Carlyon, he became a Major in the 3rd (The Prince of Wales's) Regiment of Dragoon Guards, a Justice of the Peace, a Deputy-Lieutenant, and in 1862, High Sheriff.

On the night that the 1861 census was taken, he was with his wife at his London residence: 44, Cadogan Place, Sloane Square, London. Mrs. Carlyon had five servants to help her run the house.

Bateman's The Great Landowners of Cornwall (published London, 1883) lists Majors Carlyon as owning 3050 acres in Cornwall and 200 acres in Middlesex. The gross annual value of the Cornish land was £4,047 and the Middlesex land brought in a further £200 a year. The same source also provides the information that Major Carlyon was educated at Christ's Church, Oxford and that his clubs were Boodle's, the Army and Navy, and the Royal Yacht Squadron.

Major Carlyon died on 6 June 1884.

Photographed by Camille Silvy of London on 27 August 1862.


Code: 124179
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