Sir John Lister Kaye was the fifth Baronet of Woodesham.
He was born on 26 June 1725, the son of Sir John Lister Kaye (4th Baronet) and his wife Ellen (née Wilkinson).
He was educated at Lincoln College, Oxford, and became the 5th Baronet of Woodesham on 5 April 1752.
Sir John Lister Kaye died on 27 December 1789. As he did not have a legitimate male heir, his younger half-brother Richard became the sixth and final Baronet.
However, following Richard's death in 1809 without issue, Sir John's illegitimate son — who had inherited his father's estates — became the first Baronet of Grange in 1812.
A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland, and Scotland (1844) by John Burke & Sir Bernard Burke:
Sir John Lister Kaye, bart. who served the office of sheriff for Yorkshire in 1761, and died unmarried 27th December, 1789, leaving his estates to John Lister Kaye, of whom hereafter; while the Baronetcy devolved upon his brother.