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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Adam Lymburner Lymburner

Author: Adam Lymburner Lymburner (1824–1893)

Alternate Name(s): Delisser (alternate name)

Biography: Adam Lymburner Lymburner was born on 10 May 1824 in London, the son of surgeon Alexander Delisser and his wife Deborah (née Crawford). At his death in 1836, his maternal great-uncle Adam Lymburner left £16,000 to the boy with the requirement that he change his name from "Delisser" to "Lymburner" which the family duly did. Lymburner received an extended education, attending King's College, London. As a young man, he wrote the historical novel The Fall of Nan Soung (1846) set in China. A decade later, he followed it with another The Mohawk Chief (1857) set in Canada. (There is no evidence he visited either place.) In 1848, Lymburner married Elizabeth Jeffs, the lady's-maid of his sister. The relationship must have begun much earlier, since a daughter was born to them the previous year. Shortly after the marriage, the family emigrated to Australia where they lived first in Adelaide then in Queensland. They had several more children in Australia. Lymburner died there on 31 December 1893.

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References: Jenny MacKay, "Adam Lymburner Lymburner [1824–1893]" (

Fiction Titles:

  1. The Fall of the Nan Soung: A Tale of the Mogul Conquest of China.  3 vol.  London: Saunders and Otley, 1846.
  2. The Mohawk Chief.  3 vol.  London: T. C. Newby, 1857.