George Byng, 7th Viscount Torrington
The Viscount Torrington
|9th Governor of British Ceylon|
29 May 1847 – 8 October 1850
|Preceded by||James Emerson Tennent|
|Succeeded by||Charles Justin MacCarthy|
|Born||9 September 1812|
|Died||27 April 1884(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. 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.
Death & burial
He was succeeded in the viscountcy by his nephew George Byng, 8th Viscount Torrington.
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James Emerson Tennent
| Governor of Ceylon
Charles Justin MacCarthy
|Peerage of Great Britain|
| Viscount Torrington
George Stanley Byng