Pattee Byng, 2nd Viscount Torrington

British Army officer and politician

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The Viscount Torrington

Pattee Byng by Sir Godfrey Kneller
Born 25 May 1699
Wrotham, Kent, England
Died 23 January 1747 (1747-01-24) (aged 47)
Southill, Bedfordshire, England
Allegiance Kingdom of England
Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch Army
Rank Captain
Unit Royal Horse Guards
Relations Admiral John Byng (brother)
John Byng, 1st Earl of Strafford (great-nephew)
Arms of Byng: Quarterly sable and argent in the first quarter a lion rampant of the second

Captain Pattee Byng, 2nd Viscount Torrington,[1] PC (25 May 1699 – 23 January 1747), was a British Army officer and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1723 to 1733 when he succeeded to the peerage as Viscount Torrington. His career included service as Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard during the reign of King George II.

Life and career[edit]

Byng was the eldest son of George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington by his wife Margaret Master. He joined the British Army as a Cornet in the Royal Horse Guards in 1712 and later was Captain from 1715 to 1718. He resigned from the Army due to his father’s elevation to the peerage as Viscount Torrington.[2]

Byng replaced his father as Member of Parliament for Plymouth at a by-election on 31 October 1723. In 1724, he became the Treasurer of the Navy for the following decade, At the 1727 general election he was elected as MP for Bedfordshire. From 1727 to 1733 he continued to serve as Treasurer of the Navy while his father was First Lord of the Admiralty. In 1732 he became a Privy Councillor and a Commissioner of Greenwich Hospital. He had to vacate his seat in the House of Commons in 1733 when he succeeded to the Torrington viscountcy on the death of his father.[2]

In 1734, upon taking his seat in the House of Lords, Byng was given the position of Vice-Treasurer and Paymaster General of Ireland and by 1746, he became Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard. He served in both positions until his death.[2]

Marriage and children[edit]

Southill Park, Bedfordshire

On 11 June 1724 Byng married Lady Charlotte Montagu (1705 – 1759), 4th daughter of Charles Montagu, 1st Duke of Manchester by his wife The Hon. Doddington Greville. By his wife, who later became a Lady of the Bedchamber to Augusta, Princess of Wales,[3] he had two sons, who both died as infants and predeceased him:

  • George Byng (1728-15 May 1730), died an infant.
  • Frederick Byng (9 December 1735 – 10 January 1736), died an infant.

In 1727 his father settled the family seat at Southill Park, Bedfordshire on him.

Death and burial[edit]

Byng died on 23 January 1747 and was buried in the Byng vault in the Church of All Saints in Southill, Bedfordshire.[4] He was survived by his wife who died on 14 September 1759.

Succession[edit]

Having died without surviving issue his title passed to his younger brother George Byng, 3rd Viscount Torrington.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ “Institute of Historical Research”. Archived from the original on 15 March 2007. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by

Member of Parliament for Plymouth
1721–1727
With: Charles Trelawny to 1721
William Richard Chetwynd 1721–1727
Succeeded by

Preceded by

Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire
1727–1733
With: Sir Rowald Alston, 4th Baronet
Succeeded by

Political offices
Preceded by

Treasurer of the Navy
1724–1734
Succeeded by

Political offices
Preceded by

Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
1746–1747
Succeeded by

Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by

Viscount Torrington
1733–1747
Succeeded by