Sir Tatton Sykes, 5th Baronet

Sir Tatton Sykes, 5th Baronet (13 March 1826 – 4 May 1913) was an English landowner, racehorse breeder,[1] church-builder[2] and eccentric.[3][4]

He was the elder son of Sir Tatton Sykes, 4th Baronet and Mary Ann Foulis, and succeeded to the Sykes baronetcy on his father's death in 1863. His brother was the Conservative MP Christopher Sykes.[5]

On 3 August 1874, at the age of 48, he married Christina Anne Jessica Cavendish-Bentinck, daughter of George Augustus Frederick Cavendish-Bentinck and Prudentia Penelope Leslie. His wife was 30 years younger than him and it was not a happy marriage. The couple eventually separated, with Sir Tatton disowning his wife's future debts.

Sykes died in May 1913 at age 87, and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son Mark.


  1. ^ "The late Sir Tatton Sykes". The Argus. Melbourne, Victoria. 13 June 1913. Retrieved 13 March 2018 – via Trove.
  2. ^ "On the trail of Sir Tatton Sykes' churches". York Press. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  3. ^ Townend, Peter. Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 105th edition. London, U.K.: Burke's Peerage Ltd, 1970.
  4. ^ "Sykes, Sir Tatton, fourth baronet (1772–1863)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/26870. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.) Includes substantial section on 5th baronet
  5. ^ Lee, Sidney, ed. (1898). "Sykes, Tatton" . Dictionary of National Biography. 55. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Tatton Sykes
(of Sledmere)
Succeeded by
Mark Sykes