Digital Culture

So I’ve been obsessed lately…

…with doing random genealogical searches on part of my family history. Not really sure why, just decided to start poking around one day.

I need to get all the details from my father, who has a real genealogical tracing of his mother’s family, the Lyons family. Here’s the somewhat cool skinny on the family

Originally French, Edgar de Leon moved into Scotland in the 11th Century to oppose his uncle Donald Bane. Successful, he was awarded lands in an area called Perthshire, which would later become named Glen Lyon. The family dwelt here for some centuries, until in 1372 Sir John Lyon (called The White Lyon because of his complexion) was given the thanage of Glamis by Robert II, and was so highly regarded that he married the Princess Joanna thus making the Lyon family a royal one. The family has descended from them.

Interesting facts about the family:

  • They were a Sept of the Clan Farquharson.
  • They called the Castle Glamis home.
  • The Castle Glamis is the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
  • One of them, Janet Douglas nee Lady Glamis, was burned at the stake on the castle hill at Edinburgh on 3 December 1540.
  • In 1606 the Ninth Lord Glamis became the Earl of Kinghorne, Viscount Lyon and Baron Glamis.
  • In 1677 the third Earl of Kinghorne obtained a new patent of nobility, being styled thereafter Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne Viscount Lyon, Baron Glamis, Tannadyce, Sidlaw and Strathdichtie.
  • In 1775 Matthew Lyon and his wife Mary landed on the shores of North Carolina.
  • Who is the youngest daughter of the 14th Earl of Strathmore? You guessed it…HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Glamis was her childhood home.

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

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