Posted By:Steve Light
Subject:Re: Thomas Lyte (1568-1638) of SOM, portrait
Post Date:March 17, 2000 at 21:29:47
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Thomas Lyte portrait is in the county museum at Taughton Castle. It was out on loan when I visited the museum in April 1999. A fine color photo of the portrait is in one of the county history books published in recent years. If you can find the entrance to the Rat and Parrot, you're close to the county museum entrance.
I am not a relation of the Lyte family, although I correspond with B.E.N. Lyte, of Lincolnshre, current personal representative of the Lyte family.
Two Lyte family genealogies by Thomas Lyte can be seen at the Somerset Record Office, on parchment with drawings of various ancestors. The image of Thomas's father, Henry Lyte is rather charming.
I was surprised to learn that Thomas Lyte's youngest daughter, Elizabeth Lyte, married John Seymour, who became the Governor of Maryland. Although Seymour is mentioned in the official Lyte history, his role as Governor of Maryland is not, I assume because it is of interest only to Americans. I do not know if the Seymour story is verifiable. Thomas Lytes' stepson, John Sydney, was a Justice and high sheriff of Norfolk County Virginia.
You probably are aware that the Lyte Jewel, a fine example of a Stuart gold locket is in the British Museum.
I think you would be most accurate to contact the personal representative, B.E.N. Lyte.
Good Luck!
Steve Light (not Lyte)