Byng, John


Byng, John
(1704-1757)
   Born in England. Entered the navy in 1718. In 1727-1736 stationed at Mahon, Minorca; and in 1747-1748 commanded in the Mediterranean. In 1756 engaged the French at Minorca and after an indecisive battle retreated to Gibraltar, leaving Minorca to its fate. Recalled to England, court-martialled, and shot on March 14, 1757.
   Index: WM His reserve at Minorca, 33.
   Bib.: Dict. Nat. Biog.

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