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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)E-WIKI
SonPattee (1699-1747) 2nd Visc. ByngE-WIKI
SonGeorge (1701-1750) 3rd Visc. ByngE-WIKI
Son
The Hon. Robert ByngBritish
Administrator
Service 1732-1739
HPO
Son
The Hon. John ByngBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1757
E-WIKI
SonEdward (1706-1756)E-WIKI
Brother-in-law
Streynsham MasterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1703-1720
ODNB
Last Known Service1703ODNB
Date of Death17.1.1732/33ODNB
Cause of Death'epidemical distemper'ODNB

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
23.2.1684 
Oxford (54) 1674-1702
British 54 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Lieutenant
ADM 6/18
23.2.1684/85 LieutenantE-WIKI
15.4.1687 CaptainCSORN
5.16889.1688
Mordaunt (48) 1682-1693
British 48 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Lieutenant
ADM 6/18
9.1688 
Defiance (64) 1676-1695
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Lieutenant
ADM 6/18
1689 
Constant Warwick (42) 1666-1691
British 42 Gun
4th Rate Frigate
, Captain and Commanding Officer
B051
18.4.16896.1689
Reserve (44) 1650-1701
British 44 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
6.16891690
Dover 1654-1695
British 4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
5.16902.1691
Hope (70) 1678-1695
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
B051
30.6.1690 Battle of Beachy Head 
c.2.16911692
Royal Oak (70) 1690-1710
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1603
19.5.1692 Battle of Barfleur 
24.12.16956.5.1696
Britannia (100) 1682-1715
British 100 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/3/107
ADM 6/3
14.1.1701/228.6.1702
Nassau (70) 1699-1706
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/6/130
BWAS-1603
29.6.170215.1.1702/3
Nassau (70) 1699-1706
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/7/43
ADM 6/7
1.3.1702/3 Rear-Admiral of the RedCSORN
1.3.1702/3 
Ranelagh (80) 1697-1723
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the Red
BWAS-1714
21.7.170423.7.1704Commanded the British Main Division at the Capture of Gibraltar 
22.10.1704 Appointed Knight BachelorHPO
1705 
Exeter (60) 1697-1740
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the Blue
BWAS-1603
1705 
Mary (60) 1704-1737
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
1728 Renamed "Princess Mary"
, as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the Blue
BWAS-1603
13.1.1704/5 Vice-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
19.5.170521.9.1721Elected a Member of Parliament for PlymouthHPO
1.17061709
Royal Anne (100) 1704-1727
British 100 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral
BWAS-1714
9.1.1707/8 Admiral of the BlueADM 6/9
21.12.1708 Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
7.17111713
Cumberland (80) 1710-1732
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Admiral of the Blue
BWAS-1714
13.7.1711 Admiral of the WhiteADM 6/11
31.3.1715 Admiral of the WhiteADM 6/12
21.7.1715 Admiral of the WhiteADM 6/12
8.1715 
Windsor (60) 1695-1725
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Admiral of the White
BWAS-1714
15.11.1715 Created 1st Baronet of Wrotham in the County of KentE-WIKI
17171719
Barfleur (90) 1716-1755
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Admiral
BWAS-1714
14.2.1716/17 Admiral of the WhiteADM 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 BritainE-WIKI
172117.1.1732/33Appointed Privy CounsellorE-WIKI
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 Order of the BathTKE1
2.8.172717.1.1732/33Appointed First Lord of the AdmiraltyOHMB4
7.12.1727 Admiral of the FleetCSORN


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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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