In the News
The Town of Perth
The Perth Courier
"A Matter of Honour" is a film directed by
Steven R. Cole,
based on real events and the short story written by Susan Code.
In 1833 John Wilson and Robert Lyon fought the last fatal duel
in Upper Canada. Some say the duel was fought for the love of
Elizabeth Hughes, but there is more to the story than that.
Almost forgotten was the true culprit, a french man named Henri
Lelievre, who meddled in the dispute, fanning the flames and
pushing the idea of a duel.
(Left - right) : Henri Lelievre, Dr. Hamilton,
Robert Lyon, Simon Robertson, John Wilson.
In the end, Lyon was dead, fatally wounded in the second duel
attempt. John Wilson and Simon Fraser Robertson were arrested
for the murder of Robert Lyon and stood trial in Brockville,
Ontario two months later. Acting in their own defence, they
were found not "not guilty" by the jury.
John Wilson married Elizabeth Hughes in 1835 and they had three
children together. Wilson went on to become a successful lawyer,
judge and Member of Parliment. He died June 3rd, 1869,
thirty-six years after the duel. Elizabeth Hughes lived until
1904, dying at the age of ninety-three.
The filming of "A Matter of Honour" took place between June 23
and July 1, 1997 in Perth, Ontario. The cast and crew were made
up of volunteers from the Perth area as well as two students
from Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.