John Lytton, 5th Earl of Lytton
Background and education
Lytton is the son of Noel Lytton, 4th Earl of Lytton. He is a descendant of the poet and adventurer Lord Byron (born 1788), via his daughter Ada Lovelace (born 1815), 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. He was educated at Downside School and graduated from the University of Reading with a BSc honours degree in Estate Management, in 1972.
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 married Ursula Alexandra Komoly in 1980. They have four children. He inherited Newbuildings Place in 1984 from his aunt, Lady Anne Lytton. His cousins maintain the family estate, Knebworth House. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for West Sussex.
|Ancestors of John Lytton, 5th Earl of Lytton|
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Lytton
- The Official Earl of Lytton Website: The Lytton Family Archives
- Knebworth House website
- John Lytton & Co. Chartered Surveyors
- The International Byron Society
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
Noel Anthony Scawen Lytton-Milbanke
|Earl of Lytton