Family Data




       The Lyon Name

                 And Descent  

The name is said to derive from the Norman French name Leuoine who was a companion of William the Conqueror. His son's name was Sir Roger de Leonne. Born in 1040 he joined forces with King Edward, son of Malcolm Canmore and received lands in Perthshire, Scotland in 1091. The family are part of Clan Farquarson whose tartan is at left. That clan is part of the larger Clan Chatten whose badge is at top and tartan at the right. Their motto: "Touch not the cat but a glove." The motto of the Lyon family is "In Te Domine speravi" "In you, God, we hope."

The professional genealogist, Mr. Phillipe of the Rolls Office, London compiled the following descent presented in the Lyon Memorial of 1907. This was edited by Charles Philley and is paraphrased here.

Sir Roger de Leonne was brought to England in 1066. Under Edgar, King of England, he fought against Donald Bain, the Scottish usurper, and for his services received certain lands in Perthshire, Scotland, later called "Glen Lyon".(ed. Lyons never settled on that land) 

Paganus de Leonne, eldest son of Sir Roger, was born in England about 1080. He was described as a younger scion of the noble house of Leonne in France, descended from the Kings of Leonne, and 23rd in descent from Atulph, King of the Goths in Spain and brother of Alaric who sacked Rome in 409. He went to the Holy Lands and on his return came to England with Geoffrey Plantaganet and settled there.

Hugh de Leonibus, eldest son of Paganus was born about 1120. He owned lands in Norfolk in the time of Henry II.

Ernald de Leonibus, eldest son of Hugh, born in 1150, held lands in Norfolk.

John de Leonibus, son of Ernald, born about 1175 at Norfolk, owned lands in diverse counties.

Pagan de Leonibus, son of John, born in Norfolk about 1200, married Yvette de Ferrerre, daughter and heiress of William de Ferrerre of Cambridgeshire.

Sir John de Lyonn, son of Pagan, born about 1225 at Norfolk, held lands in Northhampton  and performed military service under Edward the First against the Scots. He married Margery, daughter and co-heir of Simon de Ackle of Acklein, Northhampton.

Baron John de Lyon, son of Sir John, born about 1250, marched against the Scots under Edward II. The Coat of Arms of the Baron were silver with only the blue lion rampant.

Sir Adam Lyon, Knight, eldest son of Baron John, born about 1285, held lands in Cambridge and Norfolk. His line continues in England and ultimately to William Lyon colonist in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1630. Here I end the notes by Charles Philley which go on to trace William's kin.

Adam's brother, Sir John of Fortoviot, settled in Scotland and it is undoubtedly he from whom the family descends to Henry, Richard, and Thomas of Connecticut.

As was the case when English soldiers went to Ireland to conquer it, and they themselves were conquered by the Celtic way of life, so also in Scotland with the Lyon family. The Lyons served King Robert II of Scotland. Sir John's son John married the King's daughter and founded the line of  the Scottish Earls of Strathmore. The family became keepers of the heraldry in Scotland and were given the double tressure seen in the arms above. The Scottish royal arms are the same only in gold and red.