The Smyth(e) family - click here - The Layton family of Yorkshire

Gratitude is extended to Barry Reid, of Victoria in Australia for locating and providing this descendancy chart. Barry is a Smyth descendant from Alice Smyth who married (1718) the Rev. John Travers, (d. 1774) - Rector of Ballyloughloe, Co. Meath in Ireland. Alice Smyth was a daughter of Robert Smyth of Portlick Castle - which has its own dubious history ... to be found elsewhere on this site. Alice Smyth died in 1778.

As Barry Reid points out, the author of the original 1885 book from which the Layton line is extracted was a controversial figure in his time, claiming to have been fobbed off in his research efforts ... Access to the Preface will demonstrate the background and standing of this man ... General George Henry de Strabolgie Neville PLANTAGENET-HARRISON.

"I have not been allowed access to the public library at the British Museum since the year 1850, - the reason for which according to Sir Henry Ellis, the then chief librarian, being because I claimed to be the Duke of Lancaster, as heir of the whole blood of King Henry VI.; and he therefore adopted the fine old English custom of locking the stable door after the horse was stolen."
  The History of Yorkshire
General George Henry de Strabolgie
Neville PLANTAGENET-HARRISON, 1885

Pedigree of the family of LAYTON of West Layton
by G. H. de S. N. PLANTAGENET-HARRISON
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Odardus
Lord of Laton in Richmondshire
In the time of King Henry I (1100-1135)
m.
........................
|-> John fil Odard
| Lord of East Laton
| m.
| ........................
| |-> (See the family of Laton of East Laton)
|-> Henry fil Odard
| Lord of WEST LATON
| living temp. Hen. II (1154-1189)
| m.
| ........................
| |-> Henry fil Henry de WEST LATON
| | Surety, 52 Hen. III (c1267)
| | d. 1271
| | m.
| | ........................
| | |-> Nicholas fil Henry de WEST LATON
| | | po. lo. for Roger de LASCELLES, 52 Hen. III (c1267)
| | | Paid subsidy, 30 Ed. I (c1301) and died soon afterwards
| | | m. (1)
| | | Alicia de MIDDLETON
| | | dau. of John de MIDDLETON, Lord of Middleton
| | | |-> Nicholas fil Nicholas de WEST LATON
| | | | living 20 Ed. I (c1291)
| | | | d. s. p.
| | | |-> Alicia de WEST LATON
| | | heir
| | | m.
| | | William de la MARE
| | | Returned by the Sheriff of Yorkshire as
| | | one of the Lords of West Laton, 9 Ed. II (c1315)
| | | |-> Issue
| | |-> Nicholas fil Henry de WEST LATON (as before)
| | | m. (2)
| | | ........................
| | | |-> Henry fil Nicholas de WEST LATON
| | | Returned by the Sheriff of Yorkshire as one of
| | | the Lords of East and West Laton, 9 Ed. II (c1315)
| | | Defendant, 12 Ed. II (c1318)
| | | m.
| | | Alicia ........................
| | | A widow
| | | Claimed dower in one messuage and twelve
| | | acres of land in West Laton, 8 Ed. III (c1334)
| | | |-> John fil Henry de WEST LAYTON (sic) of East Laton
| | | | Called to warrant of lands in Little Hutton, 18 Ed.
II (c1324)
| | | | m.
| | | | ........................
| | | | |-> John fil John de WEST LATON
| | | | | Paid subsidies, 1 Ed. III (c1327)
| | | | | Bailiff of the liberty of Richmond, 31 Ed. III (c1357)
| | | | | m.
| | | | | Alicia de WASHINGTON
| | | | | living 18 Ed. III (c1344)
| | | | | dau. and co-heir of
| | | | | Warin de
WASHINGTON juxta-Ravensworth
| | | | | |-> Nicholas de LATON of West Laton
| | | | | | Damages claim, 31 Ed. III (c1357)
| | | | | | Defendant, 20 Rich. II (c1396)
| | | | | | m.
| | | | | | Alicia ........................
| | | | | | |-> John de LATON of West Laton
| | | | | | | Defendant, 2 Hen. IV (c1400)
| | | | | | | Jury, 6 Hen. VI (c1427) and died soon afterwards
| | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | ........................
| | | | | | | |-> Thomas LAYTON of West Layton, gentleman
| | | | | | | | Man-at-arms, Agincourt, 3 Hen. V (c1415)
| | | | | | | | living 9 Hen VI (c1430)
| | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | ........................
| | | | | | | | |-> Robert LAYTON of West Layton, gentleman
| | | | | | | | | Plaintiff, 31 Hen. VI (c1452)
| | | | | | | | | living 32 Hen VI (c1453)
| | | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | | ........................

Courtesy of A2A Public Records Office (UK) - Shropshire Archives - may be found the following from the Smythe's of Acton Burnell papers:

Reference: 1514/71 Feoffment
Creation dates: 1489/90

Scope and Content
Acton Pygott 20 February
William Cheschir of Horton, snr., grants to William Cheschir his son, a messuage in Acton Pygot with virgate of land, in which Thomas Whethill lives. To hold to William of the chief lords of the fee for due service, forever. Warranty.
Witnesses: Thomas Leyghton, knt, then steward there, Edward Gabett, William Osborn, William Hoode, Florence (Floricio) Hogyns.
Seal on tag.
Docketed: A Bundell of old Deedes.


| | | | | | | | | |-> Richard LAYTON of West Layton
| | | | | | | | | | Levied a fine, 10 Hen. VII (c1494)
| | | | | | | | | | d. 20 Hen VII (c1504)
| | | | | | | | | | m. Joanna SIGESWYK dau. of Humfrey SIGESWYK of Walburne

| | | | | | | | | | |-> John LAYTON of West Layton
| | | | | | | | | | | Paid subsidy, 37 Hen.VIII (c1545)
| | | | | | | | | | | d. 5 Dec 31 Eliz (c1588)
| | | | | | | | | | | m. Margaret LASCELLES dau. of Francis LASCELLES of Brakenburgh

If Harrison's charts are accurate then it is probable that Jane Layton was a daughter of this marriage. Her future husband, Thomas Smyth, was born in about 1520 and their son, Thomas Smyth, was born in 1550. The latter married Margaret Lightfoot of West Clayton. In view of a future Smyth/Lascelles marriage, this would seem quite feasible. See also de Burgh at base of chart.

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The siblings of Jane Layton and the Layton chart continues thus:

| | | | | | | | | | | |-> William LAYTON of West Layton
| | | | | | | | | | | | Aged 50 years at his father's death
| | | | | | | | | | | | b. c1538 m. Elizabeth CLAXTON dau. of William CLAXTON, Lord of Wynyard, Co. Durham
| | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Thomas LAYTON, Esq.
| | | | | | | | | | | | | Entailed, 2 Jas. I (c1604)
| | | | | | | | | | | | | Deforcient, 9 Jas. I (c1611)
| | | | | | | | | | | | | d. 1624
| | | | | | | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | | | | | | Margaret WILLANCE dau. of Richard WILLANCE of Clints near Richmond
| | | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Thomas LAYTON of West Layton
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | d. s. p.
| | | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Robert LAYTON of West Layton
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | Purchased lands, 7 Chas. I (c1631)
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | d. 1655 m. Jane WYVELL dau. of Robert WYVELL of High Burton, Co. York
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Thomas LAYTON of White House
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | b. c1621
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Aged 44 years in 1665
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Robert LAYTON
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | b. c1625
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Aged 40 years in 1665
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Marmaduke LAYTON
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | Paid taxes, 25 Chas. II (c1684)
| | | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Richard LAYTON
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | d. s. p.
| | | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Alicia LAYTON
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | William TENANT of Hubberam
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Issue
| | | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Agnes LAYTON
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | Robert BOWES of Appleton
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Issue
| | | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Elizabeth LAYTON
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | Anthony WARDE of Northallerton
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Issue
| | | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Dorothy LAYTON
| | | | | | | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | | | | | | Luke WASTELL of Laxenby
| | | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Issue
| | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Ralph LATON of Forcett
| | | | | | | | | | | | | Party to a fine, 9 Jas. I (c1611)
| | | | | | | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | | | | | |
........................
| | | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Mary LATON
| | | | | | | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | | | | | | John COUPLAND of Langdale-juxta-Melsonby
| | | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Issue
| | | | | | | | | | | | |-> John LAYTON
| | | | | | | | | | | | d. s. p.
| | | | | | | | | | | |-> Rudolph LAYTON of West Layton
| | | | | | | | | | | |-> Anne LAYTON of West Layton
| | | | | | | | | | | b. c1548
| | | | | | | | | | | d. 3 Mar 1622
| | | | | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | | | | Francis LAYTON of Kirkby Ravensworth
| | | | | | | | | | | |-> Issue (See below)
| | | | | | | | | | |-> William LAYTON of West Layton
| | | | | | | | | | | Paid subsidy, 37 Hen. VIII (c1545)
| | | | | | | | | | |-> Roger LAYTON of West Layton
| | | | | | | | | | Paid subsidy, 37 Hen. VIII (c1545) and 8 Eliz. (c1565)
| | | | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | | | Clara BURGH | | | | | | | | | | dau. and heir of Giles BURGH of Burgh-juxta-Caterick
| | | | | | | | | | |-> Francis LAYTON of Kirkby Ravensworth
| | | | | | | | | | b. c1539
| | | | | | | | | | Administration of Giles BURGH, 11 Eliz. (c1568)
| | | | | | | | | | d. 26 Oct 1609
| | | | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | | | Anne LAYTON of West Layton (See above)
| | | | | | | | | | |-> John LAYTON
| | | | | | | | | | | Merchant tailor of London
| | | | | | | | | | | d. 14 Jul 12 Chas. I (c1636), Kirkby Hill
| | | | | | | | | | | m. 8 Jas I (c1610)
| | | | | | | | | | | Sarra COTTON dau. of Sir Alan COTTON, Knt., Lord Mayor of London
| | | | | | | | | | | |-> Roger LAYTON
| | | | | | | | | | | Aged 10 years 5 months at his father's death
| | | | | | | | | | | living 1655
| | | | | | | | | | | d. s. p.
| | | | | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | | | | Priscilla
........................
| | | | | | | | | | |-> Francis LAYTON of Newington Butts, Co. Surrey, gentleman
| | | | | | | | | | | Purchased Rawdon and Yeadon, 18 Jas. I (c1620)
| | | | | | | | | | | b. c1577
| | | | | | | | | | | d. 23 Aug 1661
| | | | | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | | | | Margaret BROWN dau. of Sir Hugh BROWN, Knt., citizen of London
| | | | | | | | | | | |-> Mary LAYTON
| | | | | | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | | | | | William ROBINSON of Rokeby, Esq.
| | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Issue
(See Pedigree of ROBINSON of Rokeby)
| | | | | | | | | | | |-> Margaret LAYTON
| | | | | | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | | | | | Gilbert KIRKE, gentleman
| | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Issue
| | | | | | | | | | | |-> Anne LAYTON
| | | | | | | | | | | | b. c1629
| | | | | | | | | | | | d. 28 May 1713
| | | | | | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | | | | | William SMITH of Easby
| | | | | | | | | | | | b. c1614
| | | | | | | | | | | | d. 5 Nov 1691
 
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| | | | | | | | | | | |-> Martha LAYTON
| | | | | | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | | | | | Daniel FOXCROFT
| | | | | | | | | | | | |-> Issue
| | | | | | | | | | | |-> Henry LAYTON of Gray's Inn, gentleman
| | | | | | | | | | | | b. c1622
| | | | | | | | | | | | d. 1705
| | | | | | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | | | | | Elizabeth YARBOROUGH dau. of Sir Nicholas YARBOROUGH, Knt.
| | | | | | | | | | | | b. c1647
| | | | | | | | | | | | d. 1702
| | | | | | | | | | | |-> Thomas LAYTON of Kirkby Hill
| | | | | | | | | | | Purchased mill at Ravensworth, 24 Chas. I (c1648)
| | | | | | | | | | |-> Robert LAYTON
| | | | | | | | | | |-> Charles LAYTON
| | | | | | | | | | |-> Thomas LAYTON
| | | | | | | | | | |-> Margaret LAYTON
| | | | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | | | James BARTON
| | | | | | | | | | |-> Issue
| | | | | | | | | |-> John LAYTON
| | | | | | | | | Chaplain
| | | | | | | | | Executor to his brother's will, 20 Hen. VII (c1504)
| | | | | | | | |-> John LAYTON of Cloubeck, yeoman
| | | | | | | | Defendant, 7 Hen. VII (c1491)
| | | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | | ........................
| | | | | | | | |-> Issue
| | | | | | | |-> John LAYTON of West Layton, frankelyn
| | | | | | | living 9 Hen VI (c1430)
| | | | | | | m.
| | | | | | | ........................
| | | | | | | |-> Issue
| | | | | | |-> Robert de LATON
| | | | | | | Defendant, 5 Hen. IV (c1403)
| | | | | | | Jury, 9 Hen. IV (c1407)
| | | | | | |-> Nicholas de LATON of West Layton
| | | | | | Defendant, 5 Hen. IV (c1403)
| | | | | |-> Robert de LATON of West Laton
| | | | | | living 13 and 20 Rich. II (c1389 & c1396)
| | | | | |-> John de LATON of Merske
| | | | | Defendant, 11 Rich. II (c1387)
| | | | |-> Robert de WEST LATON
| | | | | Defendant, 31 Ed. III (c1357)
| | | | | living at West Laton, 2 Rich II (c1378)
| | | | |-> William de LATON of West Laton
| | | | | Defendant, 31 Ed. III (c1357)
| | | | | living at West Laton, 2 Rich II (c1378)
| | | | |-> Alexander de LATON
| | | | Claimed damages, 20 Ed. III (c1346)
| | | | m.
| | | | ........................
| | | | |-> John fil Alexander de LATON
| | | | | Defendant, 28 Ed. III (c1354)
| | | | | m.
| | | | | ........................
| | | | | |-> Thomas de LATON of West Laton, husbandman
| | | | | | Defendant, 5 Hen. VI (c1426)
| | | | | | m.
| | | | | | ........................
| | | | | | |-> Issue
| | | | | |-> Juliana de LATON
| | | | | Drowned in a "latrina" aged 3 years, 31 Edw. III (c1357)
| | | | |-> Robert de LATON of Dalton-upon-Tees
| | | | | living 12 Hen. IV (c1410)
| | | | |-> William de LATON of Scargill
| | | | Defendant, 4 Hen. V (c1416)
| | | |-> Henry fil Henry de WEST LATON
| | | Under age, 16 Ed. II (c1322) d. s. p.
| | |-> Alexander fil Henry de WEST LATON
| | | Seised of lands in West Laton
| | |-> John de WEST LATON
| | | m.
| | | ........................
| | | |-> John fil John de West LATON
| | | Paid subsidy, 30 Edw. I (c1301)
| | | living 2 Edw. II (c1308)
| | | d. s. p.
| | |-> Alan fil Henry de WEST LATON
| | | Paid subsidy, 30 Edw. I (c1301)
| | | m.
| | | ........................
| | | |-> Henry fil Alan de West LATON
| | | | Claimed lands in Gilling against brother, 3 Edw. II (c1309)
| | | |-> John fil Alan de LATON of Gilling
| | | | living 3 Edw. II (c1309)
| | | | m.
| | | | Isabella ........................
| | | | Widow of Alan de MULTON
| | | | |-> Susanna de LATON of Gilling
| | | | m.
| | | | William CUSHSON of Gilling-juxta-Richmond
| | | | |-> Issue
| | | |-> Thomas fil Alan de WEST LATON
| | | living 4 Edw. II (c1310)
| | |-> Henry de WEST LATON
| | | living, 7 Edw. I (c1278)
| | |-> Adam fil Henry de WEST LATON
| | | living 21 Edw. I (c1292)
| | |-> Robert de WEST LATON of Newsham
| | living 21 Edw. I (c1292)
| | m.
| | ........................
| | |-> Thomas fil Robert de WEST LATON of Newsham
| | | living 21 Edw. I (c1292)
| | |-> Lawrence de LATON of Newsham in Broghtonlithe
| | living 21 Edw. I (c1292)
| |-> Nicholas de LATON
| | Parson of the church of Scurneton, 52 Hen. III (c1267)
| |-> Kelsander de LATON
| | m.
| | ........................
| | |-> William fil Kelsander de LATON
| | Surety for John de la Mare, 9 Ed. I (c1280)
| |-> Ketill de LATON
| | m.
| | ........................
| | |-> William fil Ketill de LATON
| | Defendant in a plea of land, 21 Ed. I (c1292)
| |-> Roger de LATON
| | fl. 7 Hen. III (c1222)
| |-> Robert de WEST LATON
| | m.
| | Emme ........................
| | |-> John fil Emme de WEST LATON
| | | living 30 Ed. I (c1301)
| | |-> Adam fil Emme de WEST LATON
| | Surety for John de la Mare, 9 Ed. I (c1280)
| | |-> Elie fil Adam de WEST LATON
| | Fined, 50 Hen. III (c1265)
| | Paid subsidy, 30 Edw. I (c1301)
| | m.
| | ........................
| | |-> Galfred fil Elie de WEST LATON
| | | Drowned in the Tees, Bereford, 21 Edw. I (c1292)
| | |-> Adam fil Elie de WEST LATON
| | | Paid subsidy, 1 Edw. III (c1307)
| | |-> William fil Elie de WEST LATON
| | | Paid subsidy, 1 and 6 Edw. III (c1327 & c1332)
| | |-> Alan fil Elie de WEST LATON
| | living 1 Edw. III (c1327)
| |-> Gilbert de LATON
| Given a mill in Strunshall by Robert de LASCELLES
| for the lifetime of Isabella de LASCELLES, 35 Hen. III (c1250)
| m.
| Isabella de LASCELLES
| dau. of Robert de LASCELLES, 35 Hen. III (c1250)
| |-> Thomas fil Gilbert de WEST LATON
| Paid for a false claim, 30 Ed. I (c1301)
| Seised of lands in West Laton
| m.
|
Joana de BURGH
| dau. of
John fil Thomas de BURGH
(family also connectes with Smyth (and with Anstrruther) in later generations)
| |-> John fil Thomas de West Laton
| Paid subsidy, 30 Ed. I (c1301)
| living 33 Ed. I (c1304)
|-> William de LATON
m.
........................
|-> Issue (See the family of Laton of Northumberland & Durham)

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