John Byron (British Army officer)
Lord Byron's father, Captain John "Mad Jack" Byron
|Born||7 February 1756|
|Died||2 August 1791 (aged 35)|
|Other names||Mad Jack|
|Alma mater||Westminster School|
Amelia Osborne, Marchioness of Carmarthen
(m. 1779; died 1784)
|Children||Augusta Leigh |
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron
|Parent(s)||Vice-Admiral The Hon. John Byron|
|Relatives||William Byron, 4th Baron Byron (paternal grandfather)|
|Allegiance||Kingdom of Great Britain|
In 1778 he eloped with Amelia Osborne, Marchioness of Carmarthen, daughter of Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, to Europe and they married after she obtained a divorce from her husband the Marquess of Carmarthen, who in 1789 became Francis Osborne, 5th Duke of Leeds. Byron married Amelia on 1 June 1779 in London, and had a daughter, Augusta Maria Byron. Amelia Osborne died in 1784.
Byron then married Catherine Gordon, heiress of Gight in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, daughter of George Gordon and Catherine Innes, on 12 May 1785. She was the mother of George Gordon Byron, who would early in his life become the 6th Baron Byron. In order to claim his wife's estate in Scotland, Captain Byron took the surname Gordon. After he had squandered most of her fortune and deserted her, Mrs. Byron took her infant son to Aberdeen, Scotland, where they lived in lodgings on a meager income.
"Mad Jack" died in 1791 at age 35, at Valenciennes. Later, Lord Byron would tell friends that his father had cut his own throat. It is more likely he died from tuberculosis or an overdose.
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