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The Hon. John Byng


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth10.1704 - Southhill, Bedfordshire E-WIKI
First Known Service3.1717/18E-WIKI
Father
George Byng (1st Viscount Torrington of Devon)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1684-1703
E-WIKI
MotherMargaret Master (1670–1756)ODNB
Uncle
Streynsham MasterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1703-1720
ODNB
Brother
The Hon. Robert ByngBritish
Administrator
Service 1732-1739
HPO
BrotherHon. Pattee, MP (1699-1747)HPO
Cousin
George PocockBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1766
ODNB
Last Known Service1757E-WIKI
Date of Death14.3.1757 - MonarchCSORN
Cause of DeathShot by firing squadE-WIKI

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
29.10.1704 BaptisedE-WIKI
3.1717/18 Entered the NavyE-WIKI
8.3.1717/1829.2.1719/20
Superb (64) 1710-1733
British 64 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Midshipman
ODNB
11.8.1718 Battle of Cape Passaro 
29.2.1719/209.4.1723
Dover (40) 1718-1730
British 40 Gun
5th Rate Ship of the Line
, Midshipman
ODNB
31.12.1722 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/3/124ODNB
9.4.1723 LieutenantCSORN
9.4.172320.2.1723/24
Solebay (42) 1711-1748
British 42 Gun
6th Rate Ship
, Lieutenant
ODNB
9.4.172419.11.1725
Superb (64) 1710-1733
British 64 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Second Lieutenant ADM 6/13/68
ADM 6/13
19.11.172530.3.1726
Superb (64) 1710-1733
British 64 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms ADM 6/13/93
ADM 6/13
19.4.172627.5.1727
Burford (70) 1722-1752
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Fourth Lt. & Lt. at Arms ADM 6/15/111
ODNB
8.8.1727 CaptainCSORN
8.8.172729.7.1728
Gibraltar (20) 1727-1749
British 20 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/13/148
ODNB
29.7.17287.7.1730
Princess Louisa (40) 1728-1736
British 40 Gun
5th Rate Ship
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/14/213
BWAS-1714
7.7.173031.5.1735
Falmouth (50) 1729-1747
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/14/54
BWAS-1714
16.5.173813.4.1739
Augusta (60) 1736-1765
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/117
BWAS-1714
13.4.173930.7.1739
Portland (50) 1723-1744
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/171
BWAS-1603
30.7.173929.1.1741/42
Sunderland (60) 1724-1742
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/208
BWAS-1714
20.2.1741/423.4.1743
Sutherland (50) 1741-1770
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/16
ODNB
16.6.1742 Appointed Governor of NewfoundlandE-WIKI
4.4.174327.10.1743
Captain (70) 1743-1777
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1777 Renamed "Buffalo"
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/165
BWAS-1714
28.10.174315.6.1744
Saint George (90) 1740-1774
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/233
BWAS-1714
29.6.17446.11.1744
Winchester (50) 1744-1769
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/330
BWAS-1714
20.3.1744/4528.6.1746Expedition against Louisbourg 
9.8.1745 Rear-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
9.17451746
Kinsale (44) 1741-1762
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship
, as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the Blue
ODNB
17467.1746
Princess Caroline (80) 1731-1764
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the Blue
BWAS-1714
9.1.1745/4611.2.1745/46Appointed Commander-in-Chief — North Sea ADM 6/17/39ADM 6/17
1747 
Superb (60) 1736-1757
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the Blue
BWAS-1714
15.7.1747 Vice-Admiral of the BlueADM 6/17
9.1747 
Boyne (80) 1739-1763
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the Blue
BWAS-1714
15.9.17478.8.1748Appointed Commander-in-Chief — The Mediterranean Sea ADM 6/17/268ODNB
10.1747 
Princess (70) 1740-1784
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the Blue
BWAS-1714
12.5.1748 Vice-Admiral of the RedCSORN
23.1.1750/5114.3.1757Elected a Member of Parliament for RochesterHPO
28.9.17557.1756
Ramillies (90) 1749-1760
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the Red
ODNB
10.175511.1755Appointed Commander-in-Chief — English Channelref:1186
17.3.1756 Admiral of the BlueADM 6/18
2.4.17563.7.1756Appointed Commander-in-Chief — The Mediterranean Sea ADM 6/18/252ADM 6/18
20.5.1756 Commanded the British Fleet at the Battle of Minorca 


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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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