Son of Richard Lyon
A wealthy medieval English merchant and financier.
A member of the Vintners’ Company of the City of London.
Elected an Alderman for the Broad Street ward in 1374
Elected Sheriff of London in 1375
Appointed Warden of the Mint and a Privy Councillor by Edward III
Impeached and imprisoned for fraud in 1378 but was released due to the helpful influence of John of Guant.
Elected a Member of Parliament for Essex in 1380.
Killed (beheaded) 14th June 1381 by Wat Tyler and his followers during the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 and Lyon’s head was afterwards carried round the city on a pole.
(Froissart the chronicler attributed the murder in part to the fact that Wat Tyler had served under Richard Lyon in the past and had been badly treated by him)