Alternate Ending to The Last Duel?


At 6 am on June 13th, 1833 both Lyon and Wilson went to the clearing now known as The Last Duel Park in Perth, Ontario. There the duel was fought standing sixty feet apart with Robert Lyon ending up the clear loser after the second attempt. His lifeless body was carried back to the Radenhurst house.

Wilson was shut away in the Perth jail for three months until his case could be heard in the courts of Brockville. He acted as his own lawyer, and his passionate defence resulted in his acquittal. Wilson made the jury see how desperate and lonely he was to commit such a crime of passion.

Robert Lyon on the other hand was buried in the Last Duel Cemetery, where his tombstone still stands today. John Wilson, the winner of the duel, eventually married Elizabeth Hughes, but alas, it was not a happy union–Would You Duel Anything For Love?

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An Alternate Ending to The Last Duel- Pure Fiction– by Linda Seccaspina

What can I say– I had a few moments LOL

After the duel Elizabeth Hughes married John Wilson at midnight. Those that viewed the ceremony watched the prisoner and his bride clasp their hands tightly through the bars of his cell.  Each night Elizabeth would sneak up to the walls of the jail under the cover of darkness, clambering on to her uncle’s shoulders  reaching out to her sweetheart inside. There was never any more mention of Robert Lyon, who some swore could still hear the whispers of his tears and his heart still breaking for young Elizabeth.

The bride persisted in kissing and crying over the groom’s hand through that small window reported the Perth Courier in 1883– until her brother reminded her that she weighed 135lbs, and soon she would cry herself to her own death.

And so Elizabeth Hughes was now the wife of  John Wilson, the man accused of attempting to kill his rival for her affections. The duo believed that Robert would not be accused of killing the unfortunate victim since the others had fled after the duel. Elizabeth was now the only witness to the whole event. By marrying, she wouldn’t be able to testify against her husband in court.



The town constable in Perth, got wind of the secret wedding ceremony. He was so disgusted at being outwitted, he took to his bed where he remained in a coma until his death. John Wilson was released and The Perth Courier reported that Wilson’s former fiance Joanna Lees brought up a challenge to the now Mrs. Wilson. Lees said that young Elizabeth had stolen her finance and a  duel must be fought between the two of them in the same field that Robert lost his life. By this time Elizabeth was less enamoured with her husband and told Ms. Lees that there would be no duel, as now her marriage in life was like a duel in the midst of a battle.

The End



Would You Duel Anything For Love?

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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