Snippets of newspaper reports concerning Lynams
Derby Mercury 8 January 1840
Diabolical outrage at Crich
A short time ago a cow, pig, and some fowls, belonging to George Lynam of that place, a sub- tender to Francis Hurt Esq MP, Alderwasley, were suspected of having been poisoned from their sudden death. Last week two other cows, and a quantity of fowls have also been victimised. Lynam on going to the cow-house early one morning in the week, saw two men whom he knew belonged to a desperate gang of poachers in Crich going in a direction from the place; this led him to suspect that all was not right, and on examination he found a quantity of oatmeal place before the cows; this, he of course immediately removed, but not before the animals taken sufficient to cause their death. A portion of the meal has been analysed by Mr Hall, surgeon, of Crich, and found to contain a considerable quantity of arsenic mixed with some sort of grease. Lynam is a very active man in his occupation as sub-tender, and has rendered himself terror to those midnight depredators. Although these rascals have been taken into custody nothing has yet been elucidated to bring them to conviction.
Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 17 September 1887
Two men injured in a pumping shaft at Ilkeston
On Saturday afternoon and accident occurred at the Water Works pumping shaft at Kirk Hallam, belonging to the Ilkeston Corporation, by which a labourer, named George Burchill, and an engine-man named William Lynam, were badly injured. During the week the men in question and Albert Lynam (son of William Lynam) had been changing the pumps, and on Saturday afternoon, when the work was nearly completed, the two Lynams were down the shaft, about ten yards from the surface. William Lynam was standing on a wooden platform, and his son on the top of the pumps, about a yard above him. Burchill was on the surface, and had hold of the rope hanging over the shaft. A piece of iron having become jammed in the pumps the rope was fastened to it, an attempt was made to pull the iron out. Burchill had hold of the rope when it suddenly snapped above his head and he was precipitated down the shaft falling with great force upon William Lynam. Albert Lynam was unhurt, both the others were severely injured, principally about the head. In a state of unconsciousness they were removed from the shaft. Dr Caroll attending them on the surface. Burchill was then taken to his home in Norman Street, and Lynam to his home in Shipley.
[William Lynam (1830–1894) and his son Albert Lynam (1852–1929)]
Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 26 July 1918
ALFRETON STEAM ROLLER DRIVER
The National Service representative appealed against the conditional exemption granted by the local Tribunal to W Lynam, A1, a steam roller driver. The Tribunal granted three months exemption with the stipulation that in the meantime the Council takes steps to fill Lynam’s place.