George Byng, 7th Viscount Torrington

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The Viscount Torrington
George Byng, Vanity Fair, 1876-04-15.jpg
"A man of the world". Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1876.
9th Governor of British Ceylon
In office
29 May 1847 – 8 October 1850
MonarchQueen Victoria
Preceded byJames Emerson Tennent
acting governor
Succeeded byCharles Justin MacCarthy
acting governor
Personal details
Born9 September 1812
Died27 April 1884 (1884-04-28) (aged 71)

George Byng, 7th Viscount Torrington (9 September 1812 – 27 April 1884), was a British colonial administrator and courtier.


Torrington was the son of Vice-Admiral George Byng, 6th Viscount Torrington (1768-1831).


He succeeded his father in the viscountcy in 1831 at the age of eighteen. In 1847 he was appointed Governor of Ceylon, a post he held until 1850. There he is known for his harsh suppression of the 1848 civil uprising.[1] He later served as a Permanent Lord-in-waiting to Albert, Prince Consort from 1853 to 1859 and to Queen Victoria from 1859 to 1884.

He was the companion of Andalusia Molesworth after she became a widow. When she died she left her fortune to Byng's nephew and heir as she was estranged from her ex-husband's family.[2]

Death & burial[edit]

He died in April 1884, aged 71 and was buried in the churchyard of St. Lawrence's Church, Mereworth, Kent.[3]


He was succeeded in the viscountcy by his nephew George Byng, 8th Viscount Torrington.


  1. ^ Katherine Prior, ‘Anderson, Sir George William (1791–1857)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004
  2. ^ "Molesworth [née Carstairs; other married name West], Andalusia Grant, Lady Molesworth (c. 1809–1888), society hostess | Oxford Dictionary of National Biography", The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/47908, retrieved 29 August 2018
  3. ^ "Arrangements for this day". The Morning Post (34901). 2 May 1884. p. 5.
Government offices
Preceded by
James Emerson Tennent
acting governor
Governor of Ceylon
Succeeded by
Charles Justin MacCarthy
acting governor
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Byng
Viscount Torrington
Succeeded by
George Stanley Byng