(b. ca. 1534, Crosby Ravensworth, d. 1614, Wollaton)


English architect, mason by training. Little is known about his birth and upbringing - his first mention in historical records comes in 1556, when he was stonemason for the house at Longleat, built by Sir John Thynne. He later designed Hardwick Hall, Wollaton Hall, Burton Agnes Hall, and other significant projects. Historically, a number of other Elizabethan houses, such as Gawthorpe Hall have been attributed to him on stylistic grounds.

His son, John Smythson (c. 1570-1634) was also architect.