Lytton, Noel Anthony Scawen, 4th Earl of Lytton

BORN 7 Apr 1900, London: Chelsea - DIED 18 Jan 1985, Crawley, West Sussex
GRAVE LOCATION Crawley, West Sussex: Franciscan Monastery

Noel Lyrtton was the son of Neville Stephen Lytton, the third Earl Lytton. His mother Judith Blunt was a decendant of Lord Byron as well as Edward Bulwer-Lytton. He grew up near Crawley in West Sussex and was educated at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. His parents divorced in 1923. Together with his sister Anne he changed his surname to Lytton-Milbanke in 1925 because his mother had succeeded to the Barony of Wentworth.

Lytton obtained a commission in the Rifle Brigade. He served in as an administrator in Kenia and in the 1930s he taught economics. During the Second World War he served in Africa, Italy, Greece and Yugoslavia. There he met Clarissa Mary Palmer (1915-2006). They were married on 30/11/1946 and the had five children. They remaiend married until his death in 1985.

Lytton wrote several books. In 1957 he published "The Desert and the Green" and in 1961 "Wilfrid Scawen Blunt: A Memoir", about his grandfather, the poet. Another book was "The Stolen Desert" (1966).

• Mother: Blunt-Lytton, Judith Anne Dorothea, 16th Baroness Wentworth

Related persons
• wrote about Blunt, Wilfrid Scawen


The grave of Noel Anthony Scawen Lytton at the Franciscan Monastery, Crawley.
Picture by Androom (16 Feb 2017)


Who Was Who vol. VIII 1981-1990, A&C Black, London, 1991
Noel Lytton - Wikipedia

MacArthur, Charles

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 25 Apr 2022