George Byng (1st Viscount Torrington of Devon)


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth27.1.1663/64HPO
First Known Service23.2.1684ODNB
FatherJohn ByngHPO
MotherPhiladelphia JohnsonHPO
WifeMargaret Master - Married 5.3.1690/91 - St Paul's, Covent Garden, London HPO
DaughterSarah (1695-1775)EWIKI
SonPattee (1699-1747) 2nd Visc. ByngEWIKI
SonGeorge (1701-1750) 3rd Visc. ByngEWIKI
SonThe Hon. Robert Byng (1703-1740)HPO
SonThe Hon. John Byng (1704-1757)EWIKI
SonEdward (1706-1756)EWIKI
Brother-in-lawStreynsham Master (1680/81-1725)ODNB
Last Known Service17.1.1732/33ODNB
Date of Death17.1.1732/33ODNB
Cause of Death'epidemical distemper'ODNB

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
23.2.1683/84 Oxford (54), LieutenantADM 6/18
23.2.1684/85 LieutenantEWIKI
15.4.1687 CaptainCSORN
5.16889.1688Mordaunt (48), LieutenantADM 6/18
9.1688 Defiance (64), LieutenantADM 6/18
1689 Constant Warwick (42), Captain and Commanding OfficerB051
16896.1689Reserve (44), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
6.16891690Dover, Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
5.16902.1691Hope (70), Captain and Commanding OfficerB051
30.6.1690 Battle of Beachy Head 
16911692Royal Oak (70), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
19.5.1692 Battle of Barfleur 
24.12.16956.5.1696Britannia (100), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/3/107ADM 6/3
14.1.1701/228.6.1702Nassau (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/6/130BWAS-1603
29.6.170215.1.1702/3Nassau (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/7/43ADM 6/7
1703 Ranelagh (80), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the RedBWAS-1714
1.3.1702/3 Rear-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/7/96CSORN
21.7.170423.7.1704Commanded the British Main Division at the Capture of Gibraltar 
22.10.1704 Appointed Knight BachelorHPO
1705 Exeter (60), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1603
1705 Mary (60), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1603
13.1.1704/5 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/8/135CSORN
19.5.170521.9.1721Elected a Member of Parliament for PlymouthHPO
1.17061709Royal Anne (100), as Flag Officer, Vice-AdmiralBWAS-1714
9.1.1707/8 Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/9/118ADM 6/9
21.12.1708 Admiral of the White ADM 6/10/23CSORN
7.17111713Cumberland (80), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
13.7.1711 Admiral of the White ADM 6/11/150ADM 6/11
31.3.1715 Admiral of the White ADM 6/12/38ADM 6/12
21.7.1715 Admiral of the White ADM 6/12/45ADM 6/12
8.1715 Windsor (60), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the WhiteBWAS-1714
15.11.1715 Created 1st Baronet of Wrotham in the County of KentEWIKI
17171719Barfleur (90), as Flag Officer, AdmiralBWAS-1714
14.2.1716/17 Admiral of the White ADM 6/12/89ADM 6/12
30.3.171715.11.1717Commander of the British Baltic Fleet 1717  
15.6.17181720Commander of the British Mediterranean Fleet  
11.8.1718 Commanded the The Red Squadron at the Battle of Cape Passaro 
11.8.1718 Commander-in-Chief at the Battle of Cape Passaro 
10.172017.1.1732/33Appointed Rear-Admiral of Great BritainEWIKI
172117.1.1732/33Appointed Privy CounsellorEWIKI
21.9.1721 Appointed 1st Viscount Torrington of DevonHPO
21.9.1721 Created 1st Baron Byng of SouthillHPO
27.5.1725 Appointed Companion of the Knight Companion of the Order of the BathTKE1
2.8.172717.1.1732/33Appointed First Lord of the AdmiraltyOHMB4
7.12.1727 Admiral of the Fleet ADM 6/13/178CSORN


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Posted by Brian on Sunday 17th of January 2016 17:57

Gentleman's Magazine 1733 (Deaths) Jan 17 - George Byng, Visc. Torrington, Baron Byng of Southill, Knight of the Bath, one of the Privy Council, first Commissioner of the Admiralty, Admiral of the Red, Rear Admiral of England, Commander in Chief of his Majesty's Fleet, and one of the Governors of Greenwich Hospital. He commanded the fleet of Scotland in 1708. Conducted the present Q. of Portugal to Lisbon, and the next was appointed a Lord of the Admiralty, in 1715 he was created a Baronet. In 1718 he commanded the British Fleet in the Mediterranean; was Plenipotentiary to all the Princes and states in Italy, and to the Emperor of Morocco; and upon his return, in consideration of his having crush'd the labour'd efforts of Spain to set up a power at sea, by which the Arms of Britain were advanced to such a pitch of reputation that her Flag gave Laws to the contending parties, and her Crown enable to resettle the Tranquillity of Europe, he was created a Peer. He married the daughter of James Masters of East London Esq. and has left seven sons and one daughter the Lady Osborne.

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