LYON, David (?1794-1872), of 34 Grosvenor Square, Mdx.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832, ed. D.R. Fisher, 2009
Available from Cambridge University Press



11 Jan. 1831 - 1832

Family and Education

b. ? 1794, 3rd s. of David Lyon (d. 1827), W.I. merchant, of Mincing Lane, London and Isabella, da. of John Read of Cairney, Forfar; bro. of William Lyon*. educ. Harrow 1809. m. 1848, Blanche, da. of Rev. Edward John Bury, rect. of Lichfield, Hants, s.p. d. 8 Apr. 1872.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Suss. 1851-2


Lyon was a descendant of Sir Thomas Lyon of Auldbar, Forfarshire, the master of Glamis and lord high treasurer of Scotland, who died in 1608. His grandfather John Lyon lived at Castle Lyon, Perthshire and Kinnaird, Forfarshire, and married Jane Ochterlony of Pitforthy, Forfarshire, the aunt of General Sir David Ochterlony (1758-1825), the conqueror of Nepal. His father was in business in London as a West India merchant, with interests and property in Jamaica. Lyon seems to have been the only one of five brothers to have participated in the family business, and he was listed in the directories as a merchant at 5 Lime Street Square until 1831. He was appointed to the standing committee of the London West India merchants and planters in 1822, but played little part in their proceedings.1 He was named as the residuary legatee of his father’s estate in 1827, and apparently benefited to the tune of about £171,000.2 His subsequent political conduct suggests that he was not the David Lyon who joined Brooks’s Club, 23 May 1829. In January 1831 he was returned in absentia on a vacancy for Bere Alston on Lord Beverley’s controlling interest, after an attempt to open the borough by extending the franchise beyond the burgage holders had been thwarted.3

He took his seat, 10 Feb. 1831, but is not known to have spoken in debate during his brief parliamentary career. He divided against the second reading of the Grey ministry’s reform bill, 22 Mar., and paired for Gascoyne’s wrecking amendment, 19 Apr. 1831. At the ensuing general election he came in again for Bere Alston with Beverley’s son, after a token contest organized on behalf of two members of the government.4 He divided against the second reading of the reintroduced reform bill, 6 July 1831. He voted for an adjou