Torrington, George Byng, Viscount

Torrington, George Byng, Viscount

(bĭng, tŏr`ĭngtən), 1663–1733, British admiral. Early in his career he helped win the support of the navy for William of Orange in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. After thwarting attempted Jacobite invasions in 1708 and 1715 and defeating a Spanish fleet in the Strait of Messina in 1718, he was raised to the peerage in 1721. He was the father of Admiral John ByngByng, John,
1704–57, British admiral; son of George Byng, Viscount Torrington. Sent (1756) to prevent the French from taking Minorca, he arrived when the island was already under siege and, after an indecisive naval engagement, withdrew without relieving the siege.
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Bibliography

See Byng Papers (ed. by B. Tunstall, 3 vol., 1930–33).

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