Update May 2005
Making a visit to Charterhouse School recently, descendant cousin, Robert Maxtone Graham, was shown material in the school's archives (Archivist: Anne Wheeler - to whom thanks are warmly extended) and so was able to view various records about Patrick Cecil Smythe and his father, (Provost) Patrick Murray Smythe, both of whom were educated at Charterhouse. The former, Robert's great uncle, attended from 1900.
In this photograph, Patrick Cecil Smythe is seated to the very right of the group.
When Patrick Murray Smythe died, an obituary was written by Robert's father, Tony Maxtone Graham, and it appeared in the Scotsman of that year.
The portrait below was painted by Ernest S. Lumsden, RSA, 1883-1948 (whose details are in Who Was Who, 1941-50). Robert states that this information comes from Nicky Bradford, a grand-daughter of Patrick Cecil Smythe - and the present owner of the portrait. Robert adds that this image, taken from a photograph of the painting, is "very much as I remember him".
Family line of Patrick Cecil Smythe: - The family name of Smythe of Methven is pronounced "Smith".
Patrick Murray Smythe (The Very Reverend) - Provost of St. Ninian's Cathedral (Perth) - b.1860 d.1935 - m.1887 Mary Caroline Standish (of New Park (Hants) - Scaleby Castle) - Children - Patrick Cecil Smythe (qv. above)
NB - Euphemia Amelia Smythe m.1872 - Clement George Lefroy. (See Lefroy/Jane Austen connection above)
Patrick Murray Smythe (Reverend) - Rector of Solihull and Hon. Canon of Worcester. b.1804 d.1872 - m.1844 Anne Gertrude Mynors (of Weatheroak Hall, Worcs.) - Children - Robert David Smythe - b.1845 d.1920 (no children) - George Edward Smythe - b.1846 d.1900 (unmarried) William Mynors Smythe - b.1850 d. 1917 - m. Mary Anne Alston (d.1927) of Elmdon Hall and their fourth son, Patrick Murray Smythe (qv. above).
3.9.1838 Assignment of principal sum upon trust by Rev. G.A. Denison to Rev. P. Murray Smythe and W.T. Denison, and release of third share in estates at Kelstern, Lincolnshire; 3 Sept. 1838 First Party: Rev. George Anthony Denison, of Broadwindsor, Dorset. Second Party: Patrick Murray Smythe, of Tamworth, Warwickshire, and William Thomas Denison, of Woolwich, Kent [London]. (1) in consideration of his intended marriage to Georgiana Henley assignes to (2) principal sum of £5,000 to hold upon trust; (1) appoints (2) as his attournies and trustees; (1) releases, as part of lease and release, to (2) third share in estates at Kelstern, Elkington, Welton[-le-Wold] and Calcethorpe, Lincolnshire, to hold to the use of (2) upon trust. Consideration: 10 shillings and 5 shillings Recites Os E 9-10 and will of John Denison. 4 membranes - MSS - Catalogue of the papers of J. Evelyn Denison, Viscount ...
David Smythe of Methven b. 1746 d.1806 (carried the Judicial Title of "Lord Methven") - senator of the Coll. of Justice - m1. Elizabeth Murray (d. 1785) only daughter of Sir Robert Murray Bt. of Hillhead. Sons: David Smythe (1775-1798) - Robert Smythe - James Smythe (1779-1802) - m2. 1794 Euphemia Amelia Murray, - the "Flower of Strathmore," - ( Robert Burns Country - The Burns Encyclopedia- Murray of Lintrose ) - only daughter of Mungo Murray of Lintrose, Perthshire. - Sons: George Smythe - William Smythe - Patrick Murray Smythe (qv. above). (4 daughters died young) - Catherine Campbell Smythe (eldest daughter) m . 17 Jul 1827 Lord Justice-General David Boyle . (his 2nd marriage) She d. 25 Dec 1880.)
Some Methven papers: - BIFHS-USA- National inventory of documentary sources, 0.044
David Smythe of Methven b.1711 d.1764 - m1. 1741 Mary Graham of Braco - daughter of James Graham of Braco and his wife Katherine, daughter of Sir William Sterling of Ardoch. Chn: one son and two daughters, of whom, David Smythe of Methven (qv. above). He married secondly (1761) Katherine Campbell (daughter of Lord (titular) Monzie.) No children.
Sp. Smyth/Smith generations ...
David Smyth of Methven b.1683 d.1732 - m1. 1707 Katherine Cochrane - (daughter of William Cochrane, younger son of Lord Cochrane and his wife Lady Grizel Grahame, daughter of 3rd. Marquess of Montrose) - three sons and a daughter of whom, David Smythe of Methven (qv. above)
Patrick Smyth of Methven b.1627 d. ... He purchased the lands of Methven (Stewart Society > Places > Central Scotland > Methven Castle) in 1664, having sold his estate in Orkney. m1. 1652 Anne Kieth - (daughter of James Kieth of Benholm, brother of William 6th Earl Marischal) - son, Patrick, b.1655 - accidentally killed by his tutor whilst shooting on the Loch of Methven - m2. 1682 Janet Haldane (d.1725) - daughter of Mungo Haldane of Gleneagles and Margaret Gray - three sons and two daughters of whom, (qv. above) the eldest surviving son, David Smyth of Methven.
Patrick Smyth of Braco b. ... d. 1655 (lost at sea crossing the Pentland of Firth) - m1. 1618 Catherine Graham - daughter of George Graham, Bishop of Orkney (1615-38) - four sons and five daughters - m.2 1639 Margaret Stewart, - daughter of Henry Stewart of Kilinan - three sons and one daughter - m.3 16 .. Margaret Anderson - no children. His eldest surviving son (qv. above) Patrick Smyth of Methven.
Alexander Smyth b. ... d.1603 m. Margaret Oliver of Pitfogo
Patrick Smyth of Braco (s.1561) d.1604 - married Christian Haldane, daughter of Haldane of Killour.
William Smyth of Braco - had a charter of the lands of Braco and Warkland (August 1536) - married Agnes Scott of the family of Balgarvie - relative to Christopher Snel, of Balgarvie.
Patrick Smyth of Braco (reign of James IV of Scotland) - the line tracing back to Thomas Smyth - who was appointed Apothecary to James III of Scotland, as appears in a charter dated 29 January 1477.