The son of a Lincolnshire clergyman, Michael Tyson was a fellow of Corpus Christi College Cambridge (B.A. 1764; M.A. 1767, bursar 1774; B.D. 1775). In 1766 he toured Scotland with Richard Gough; he was ordained in 1773 and was Vicar of St. Benet's Cambridge (1773-76), Vicar of Sawston, Cambridgeshire (1772-76), Whitehall Preacher (1776), and Rector of Lambourne, Essex (1778-80). Tyson was a painter and engraver, FSA, FRS, and assisted with Mason's life of Gray. William Cole's memoir of Tyson in Nichols's Anecdotes (1812-15) graphically depicts the tribulations of college life.
An account of an illuminated manuscript in the library of Corpus Christi College. 1770.
Correspondence with Richard Gough, in Nichols, Literary Anecdotes, vol. 8. 1814.