Edward Byllynge

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Edward Byllynge
1st Governor of West New Jersey
In office
August 1680 – January 1687
Deputy Samuel Jennings
Thomas Olive
John Skene
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Daniel Coxe
Personal details
Born Hengar, St Tudy, Cornwall
Died January 1687
Nationality Cornish
Occupation Brewer
Religion Quaker

Edward Byllynge was a British colonial administrator and governor of West New Jersey from 1680 to 1687, until his death in England. Byllynge owned a large section of land in New Jersey with the Quakers.

Byllynge was a London brewer. He purchased land in New Jersey in 1674 from Sir John Berkeley, in deal also involving John Fenwick. Byllynge's financial position was complicated by bankruptcy, and after negotiations involving William Penn, the purchase in 1675 was reassigned to a trust involving Fenwick, Penn and others with Byllynge. The planting of Quaker colonies then proceeded.[1]

Byllynge was an unpopular governor with the settlers of New Jersey. He never even set foot on the tract of land he owned. In 1682, Byllynge was one of the twenty four proprietaries who owned a piece of West New Jersey.[2]


  1. ^ Fea, John. "Fenwick, John". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/71092.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ "The Avalon Project : Duke of York's Confirmation to the 24 Proprietors: 14th of March 1682". Avalon.law.yale.edu. 1906-06-30. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Governor of West Jersey
1680 – 1687
Succeeded by
Daniel Coxe