John Lytton, 5th Earl of Lytton
The Earl of Lytton
|Member of the House of Lords|
|Assumed office |
11 May 2011
|Preceded by||Lord Monson|
18 January 1985 – 11 November 1999
|Preceded by||The 4th Earl of Lytton|
|Succeeded by||Seat abolished|
John Peter Michael Scawen Lytton
7 June 1950
Ursula Alexandra Komoly
|Parents||Noel Lytton, 4th Earl of Lytton|
Clarissa Mary Palmer
|Alma mater||University of Reading|
Background and educationEdit
He is a descendant of the poet and adventurer Lord Byron (born 1788) via his daughter Ada Lovelace (born 1815), who was arguably the world's first computer programmer. Her daughter Anne (born 1837) married the poet Wilfrid Scawen Blunt; their daughter Judith Blunt-Lytton was Noel's mother and thus John's grandmother.
After spending thirteen years in the Inland Revenue Valuation Office and some additional years with surveying firms Permutt Brown & Co and Cubitt & West, he set up the practice of John Lytton & Co., Chartered Surveyors, in January, 1988. He succeeded his father in the earldom in 1985. He lost his seat in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999. However, on 11 May 2011 he won a hereditary peer by-election and regained his seat there, where he sits as a crossbencher (i.e. not a member of a political party).
Lord Lytton has taken his Byronic descent to heart and has contributed to the Newstead Byron Society Review. He has also spoken before the Byron Society on his family history.
- Lady Katrina Mary Noel Lytton (b. 1985)
- Philip Anthony Scawen Lytton, Viscount Knebworth (b. 1989)
- Hon. Wilfrid Thomas Scawen Lytton (b. 1992).
- "Lytton, Earl of (UK, 1880)". cracroftspeerage.co.uk. Heraldic Media Limited. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
- lytton.co.uk Archived 31 August 2005 at the Wayback Machine
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 May 2006. Retrieved 18 June 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Lytton
- The Earl of Lytton at UK Parliament
- The Official Earl of Lytton Website: The Lytton Family Archives
- Knebworth House website
- The International Byron Society
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
| Earl of Lytton
|Peerage of England|
| Baron Wentworth
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
The Lord Monson
| Elected hereditary peer to the House of Lords
under of the House of Lords Act 1999