Hugh Lygon

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Hugh Lygon
Hugh Lygon[1] (The Hon Hugh Patrick Lygon, 1904–1936) was the younger son of William Lygon, 7th Earl Beauchamp,

He was educated at Eton and Pembroke College, Oxford. He was a friend of Evelyn Waugh at Oxford (A L Rowse believed the two to be lovers), where both were members of the Hypocrites' Club. After leaving Oxford he worked in a bank in Paris before working in the City, but became dependent on alcohol.

In 1936 Lygon was on a motoring tour with his friend, the artist Henry Winch, son of Lady Newborough. He was standing in the road to ask the way and fell backwards, hitting his head on a stone. He died later due to a fractured skull, having spent four days in a hospital in Rothenburg. His body was later returned to England.

Hugh Lygon was the main inspiration for the character of Lord Sebastian Flyte in Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited.[2]


  1. Pronounced liggŏn, IPA ['lɪgən] – BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names, Oxford University Press, 1971
  2. Paula Byrne, Mad World, Evelyn Waugh and the secrets of Brideshead, HarperPress, 2009, ISBN 978-0-00-790371-9