The Hon. John Byng (1704-1757)


The Hon. John Byng


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth10.1704 - Southhill, Bedfordshire EWIKI
First Known Service3.1717/18EWIKI
Father George Byng (1st Viscount Torrington of Devon) (1663/64-1732/33)EWIKI
MotherMargaret Master (1670–1756)ODNB
UncleStreynsham Master (1680/81-1725)ODNB
BrotherThe Hon. Robert Byng (1703-1740)HPO
BrotherHon. Pattee, MP (1699-1747)HPO
Cousin George Pocock (1705/6-1792)ODNB
Last Known Service1757EWIKI
Date of Death14.3.1757 - HMS MonarchCSORN
Cause of DeathShot by firing squadEWIKI

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
10.1704 Appointed HonourableHPO
29.10.1704 BaptisedEWIKI
3.1717/18 Entered the NavyEWIKI
3.1717/181719Superb (64), MidshipmanODNB
11.8.1718 Battle of Cape Passaro 
31.12.1722 Passed the Lieutenant's ExaminationODNB
172320.6.1723Dover (40), MidshipmanODNB
9.4.1723 LieutenantCSORN
9.4.172319.2.1723/24Solebay (42), LieutenantODNB
9.4.172418.11.1725Superb (64), Second Lieutenant ADM 6/13/68ADM 6/13
19.11.172529.3.1726Superb (64), Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms ADM 6/13/93ADM 6/13
19.4.172626.5.1727Burford (70), Fourth Lt. & Lt. at Arms ADM 6/15/111ODNB
8.8.1727 Captain ADM 6/13/148CSORN
8.8.172725.7.1728Gibraltar (20), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/13/148ODNB
29.7.17286.7.1730Princess Louisa (40), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/14/213BWAS-1714
7.7.17307.1735Falmouth (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/14/54BWAS-1714
16.5.173812.4.1739Augusta (60), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/117BWAS-1714
13.4.173929.7.1739Portland (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/171BWAS-1603
30.7.173919.2.1741/42Sunderland (60), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/208BWAS-1714
20.2.1741/423.4.1743Sutherland (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/16ODNB
16.6.1742 Appointed Governor of NewfoundlandEWIKI
4.4.174327.10.1743Captain (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/165BWAS-1714
28.10.174315.6.1744Saint George (90), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/233BWAS-1714
29.6.17446.11.1744Winchester (50), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/330BWAS-1714
20.3.1744/4528.6.1746Expedition against Louisbourg 
9.8.1745 Rear-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/16/525CSORN
9.17451746Kinsale (44), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the BlueODNB
17467.1746Princess Caroline (80), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
1747 Superb (60), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
15.7.1747 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/17/246ADM 6/17
9.1747 Boyne (80), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
15.9.17478.8.1748Appointed Commander-in-Chief — The Mediterranean Sea ADM 6/17/268ODNB
10.1747 Princess (70), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714
12.5.1748 Vice-Admiral of the Red ADM 3/17/354CSORN
23.1.1750/5114.3.1757Elected a Member of Parliament for RochesterHPO
28.9.17557.1756Ramillies (90), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the RedODNB
17.3.1756 Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/18/244ADM 6/18
2.4.17561757Appointed Commander-in-Chief — The Mediterranean Sea ADM 6/18/252ADM 6/18
20.5.1756 Commanded the British Fleet at the Battle of Minorca 

Sources

IDDescriptionAuthorType
EWIKI WikipediaVariousWeb Site
ODNB Oxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
HPO History of Parliament online Web Site
CSORN Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner SmithWeb Site
ADM 6/13 ADM 6/13 Commission and Warrent Book 1721 Feb.-1728 3 Oct. Archive
BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1603 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/17 ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM 6/18 ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive

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Posted by Robert Boon on Tuesday 26th of July 2016 19:57

At Byng's court martial, which took place on board HMS St George in Portsmouth harbour, commencing 28 December 1756 and with the verdict on 27 January 1757, the court martrial board consisted of:

Thomas Smith, Esq, Vice Admiral of the Red
Francis Holburne, Esq, Rear Admiral of the Red
Harry Norris, Esq, Rear Admiral of the White
Thomas Brodrick, Esq, Rear Admiral of the Blue

and Captains Charles Holmes, William Boys, John Simcoe, John Bentley, Peter Denis, Francis Geary, John Moore, James Douglas, Hon. Augustus Keppel

The following naval personnel gave evidence:

Temple West, Esq, Vice Admiral of the Blue (sworn 29 December 1756)
Captain Everitt, late of the Buckingham (31 December 1756)
Lieutenant John Bover, late First Lieutenant of the Buckingham (1 January 1757)
Lieutenant Richard Higgs, late Second Lieutenant of the Buckingham (1 January 1757)
Lieutenant George Wood, late Third Lieutenant of the Buckingham (1January 1757)
Captain Robert Mann, late Fourth Lieutenant of the Buckingham (1 January 1757)
Captain James Gilchrist, late of the Experiment (3 January 1757)
Hon. Captain Augustus John Hervey, late Commander of the Phoenix (3 January 1757)
Captain John Amherst, late Commander of the Deptford (4 January 1757)
Lieutenant Peter Foulkes, late of the Phoenix (5 January 1757)
Captain William Lloyd, late of the Chesterfield (5 January 1757)
Captain Henry John Philips, late First Lieutenant of the Deptford (5 January 1757)
Captain Thomas Bailie, late Second Lieutenant of the Deptford (6 January 1757)
Captain Benjamin Marlow, late of the Dolphin (6 January 1757)
Lieutenant Thomas Bishop, late First Lieutenant of the Dolphin (6 January 1757)
Lieutenant Thomas Barker, late First Lieutenant of the Chesterfield (6 January 1757)
Lieutenant Charles Buckner, acting Fourth Lieutenant of the Lancaster (6 January 1757)
Captain Paul Henry Ourry, late a Volunteer on board the Lancaster (6 January 1757)
Captain Patrick Baird, late Commander of the Portland (7 January 1757)
Captain James Young, late Commander of the Intrepid (7 January 1757)
Hon. Captain George Falconer, late Second Lieutenant of the Intrepid (8 January 1757)
Captain Frederick Cornwall, late Commander of the Revenge (8 January 1757)
Hon. Robert Boyle, late Fourth Lieutenant of the Revenge (10 January 1757)
Captain Philip Durell, late Commander of the Trident (10 January 1757)
Captain Arthur Gardiner, late Captain of the Ramillies (11 January 1757)
Captain William Gough, late First Lieutenant of the Ramillies (12 January 1757)
Captain Christopher Bassett, late Second Lieutenant of the Ramillies (12 January 1757)
Lieutenant Daniel Waudby, late Third Lieutenant of the Ramillies (12 January 1757)
Lieutenant Matthew Waterfall, late Fifth Lieutenant of the Ramillies (12 January 1757)
Lieutenant George Hamilton, late Sixth Lieutenant of the Ramillies (12 January 1757)
Lieutenant Edward Clark, late Fourth Lieutenant of the Ramillies (13 January 1757)
Joseph Belvaird, late Master of the Ramillies (13 January 1757)
Lieutenant Joseph Tatwell, late Midshipman of the Ramillies (14 January 1757)
Lieutenant Lancelot Holmes, late Midshipman of the Ramillies (14 January 1757)
Lieutenant James Norman, late Midshipman of the Ramillies (14 January 1757)
Lieutenant Henry Bellew, late Midshipman of the Ramillies (14 January 1757)
Rodney Blithe, late Midshipman of the Ramillies (14 January 1757)
John Richardson, late Midshipman of the Pheonix (14 January 1757)
Andrew Jefferies, late Boatswain of the Ramillies (14 January 1757)
John Lee, late Gunner of the Ramillies (14 January 1757)
Richard Shaw, late Carpenter of the Ramillies (14 January 1757)
William Foster, late Carpenter of the Intrepid (14 January 1757)
Captain Henry Ward, late Commander of the Culloden (14 January 1757)
Lieutenant James Worth, late First Lieutenant of the Culloden (15 January 1757)
Mr Richard Lloyd, late Surgeon of the Ramillies (15 January 1757)
Captain William Parry, late Commander of the Kingston (15 January 1757)
John Bruce, late Master's Mate of the Dolphin (15 January 1757)
Mr George Lawrence, Secretary to Admiral Byng, was on board the Ramillies (19 January 1757)

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