Pattee Byng, 2nd Viscount Torrington

The Viscount Torrington

Pattee Byng by Sir Godfrey Kneller
Born 25 May 1699
Wrotham, Kent
Died 23 January 1747 (1747-01-24) (aged 47)
Southill, Bedfordshire

Kingdom of England

Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch Army
Rank Captain
Unit Royal Horse Guards
Relations Admiral The Hon. John Byng
John Byng, 1st Earl of Strafford
Robert Byng

Pattee Byng, 2nd Viscount Torrington,[1] PC (25 May 1699  23 January 1747), was a British naval officer and statesman of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. His career included service as Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard during the reign of King George II.

Life and career

Byng was the eldest son of George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington, and Margaret Master. He served in the British Army as a Cornet and later Captain from 1715 to 1718. He resigned from the Army due to his father's elevation to Viscount Torrington and succeeded him as the Member of Parliament for Plymouth (1721–1727). He also served as MP for Bedfordshire (1727–1733).

In 1724, he became the Treasurer of the Navy for the following decade, and from 1727 to 1733 served alongside his father, who had become the First Lord of the Admiralty, until his father's death when Byng succeeded to the Torrington viscouncy. During this time in 1732 he became a Privy Councillor and a Commissioner of Greenwich Hospital.

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


On 11 June 1724, Byng married Lady Charlotte Montagu, 4th daughter of Charles Montagu, 1st Duke of Manchester and The Hon. Dodington Greville. They had two children, George (1728-15 May 1730) and Frederick (9 December 1735 – 10 January 1736). His wife later became a Lady of the Bedchamber to Augusta, Princess of Wales [2]

Byng died on 23 January 1747. He was survived by his wife who died herself on 14 September 1759. Having died without issue his title passed to his younger brother George, who became the 3rd Viscount.


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Preceded by
Sir John Rogers
Sir George Byng
Member of Parliament for Plymouth
With: Charles Trelawny to 1721
William Richard Chetwynd 17211727
Succeeded by
Arthur Stert
George Treby
Preceded by
The Hon. Charles Leigh
Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire
With: Sir Rowald Alston, 4th Baronet
Succeeded by
The Hon. Charles Leigh
Sir Rowald Alston, 4th Baronet
Political offices
Preceded by
George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington
Treasurer of the Navy
Succeeded by
Arthur Onslow
Political offices
Preceded by
John Berkeley, 5th Baron Berkeley of Stratton
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
Succeeded by
Hugh Boscawen, 2nd Viscount Falmouth
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington
Viscount Torrington
Succeeded by
George Byng, 3rd Viscount Torrington
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