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I haven’t seen a cove that sick since me uncle Morris what was a sailor in a merchant man come down with the hocko-grockle. And he died of it.
— Tom Byrd, The Scottish Prisoner

Tom Byrd is Lord John Grey's valet. He meets Lord John during an investigation involving his brother, Jack Byrd.

Personal HistoryEdit

Tom is one of a six sons born to a barber. The family maintains a close connection, though he seems closest to his older brother Jack Byrd. He worked for Joseph Trevelyan as a boot cleaner.

Events of the Lord John SeriesEdit


Physical AppearanceEdit

Tom is short and stocky with brown hair, freckles, and a snub nose.


  • Tom is a short form for Thomas, which derives from the Greek form of the Aramaic name תָּאוֹמָא (Ta'oma') which meant "twin".[2]
  • Byrd as a surname is a variant of Bird, which was an occupational name for a person who raised or hunted birds.[3]



  1. Age as of the end of Written in My Own Heart's Blood.
  2. Behind the Name: Thomas – accessed 30 July 2015.
  3. Behind the Name – Surnames: Bird – accessed 30 July 2015.

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