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Lady Cecelia Tyburn Thames aka TyLady Ty is the ambitious and politically minded oldest daughter of Mama Thames. Lady Ty resents The Folly's 'interference' in the affairs of the Genius loci. She seeks to end the role of the Folly and replace it with a 'Ministry of Magic' according to Peter Grant.

She is not averse to using her magical power and political influence to achieve her ends. However, she is obedient to her mother. Her genius loci predecessor under Father Thames, Sir William of Tyburn, has appeared multiple times to Peter.

Personal Details Edit

Education Edit

She attended St. Hilda’s College, Oxford University during the 1990s and received a double first in History and Italian. During this period she observed multiple members of the Little Crocodiles Dining Club, whose Newtonian magic she claims she could 'smell'.

Family Edit

She lives in Chesterfield Hill, Mayfair, with her civil engineer[1] husband ,George McAllister-Thames,[2] and two children. A eighteen-year-old son called Stephen George McAllister-Thames[1], and a daughter called Olivia Jane McAllister-Thames.[2]

Real Estate Edit

Tyburn owns properties on Fitzjohn’s Avenue in Hampstead[3] and on Chesterfield Hill in Mayfair.[1] She is in the process of purchasing The Chestnut Tree.[2]

Sir William of TyburnEdit

See Main Article: William of Tyburn

The original spirit (sir William of Tyburn[4]), one of the sons of Father Thames, died as a result of the pollution of the Victorian era (during the Great Stink in 1858). Later, as the pollution cleared, the river became inhabited by Lady Ty, one of Mother Thames’s court.[5]

Relationship with the Folly Edit

Lady Ty is dismissive of the Folly and the role it plays mediating affairs between the demi-monde, and the non-magical UK populace. She considers it an archaic institution but is unable to circumvent the agreement between her mother and the Folly.[2]

Genius Loci Attributes Edit

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An illustration from about 1680 depicting the 3-legged Tyburn Gallows or 'Tyburn Tree'. [6]

Lady Ty's personality is tied in with the attributes of her river. Peter has describes her vestigium as 'old rope'--a reference to the Tyburn Gallows; cigar smoke--a reference to her political influence; fresh fish cooked over an open fire.[2]

Tyburn Gallows Edit

For many centuries, the name Tyburn was synonymous with capital punishment, it having been the principal place for execution of London criminals and convicted traitors. The Tyburn gallows stood in the middle of the roadway, providing a major landmark in west London and presenting a very obvious symbol of the law to travelers.

In 1571, the Tyburn Tree was erected at the junction of today's Edgware Road, Bayswater Road and Oxford Street, near where Marble Arch is situated today. The "Tree" or "Triple Tree" was a novel form of gallows, consisting of a horizontal wooden triangle supported by three legs which allowed several felons to be hanged at once. The title of the book The Hanging Tree is a reference to this structure.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Moon Over Soho
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 The Hanging Tree
  3. Rivers of London
  4. The Hanging Tree
  5. Rivers of London
  6. By Unknown - This file is from the collections of The National Archives (United Kingdom), catalogued under document record WORK16/376. For high quality reproductions of any item from The National Archives collection please contact the image library., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5506695