BYNG, Hon. John (c.1704-57), of Wrotham Park, Mdx.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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23 Jan. 1751 - 14 Mar. 1757

Family and Education

b. c.1704, 4th s. of George, 1st Visct. Torrington by Margaret, da. of James Master of East Langdon, Kent. unm.

Offices Held

Entered R.N. 1718, lt. 1724, capt. 1727, r-adm. 1745, v.-adm. 1746, adm. 1756.

Gov. and c.-in-c., Newfoundland 1741-4.


In September 1746 Byng was considered by Henry Pelham and the Duke of Bedford for a seat at Rochester but rejected in favour of Sir Chaloner Ogle, on whose death he was returned unopposed.

In April 1756 he was ordered to the Mediterranean to protect Gibraltar and Minorca; after the loss of Minorca he was court martialled, found guilty and recommended to mercy, but shot on the quarter deck of the Monarque in Portsmouth harbour, 14 Mar. 1757.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke