John Byng 5th Viscount Torrington

???? - 1813


The diarist, with an entry in the ODNB as such. Beneficiary of 'slave-property' under his marriage settlement with Bridget Forrest, daughter of Admiral Arthur Forrest (q.v.).

  1. Will of the Rt Hon John Lord Viscount Torrington heretofore the Hon. John Byng proved 08/04/1813. In the will he left the £6000 from his marriage settlement with Bridget Forrest, under which his brother George Lord Viscount Torrington had settled £3000 and Arthur Forrest had settled £3000 secured on some of his property in Jamaica, unequally among his children.

  2. The summary of the marriage settlement 09/03/1767 at Hull History Centre makes it clear that enslaved people formed part of the security for the settlement: 'Marriage Settlement Between Arthur Forrest of Binfield in the County of Berkshire; Bridget Forrest of Binfield, daughter of Arthur Forrest; John Byng of Colden within the liberty of Westminster and Edmund Earl of Cork and Orrery, Ireland, respecting several parcels of land at Luana in the Parish of St. Elizabeth in the island of Jamica. Includes a list of the names of slave men, women and children.'


"Byng, John, fifth Viscount Torrington (1743–1813), diarist." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 22 May. 2018.

  1. PROB 11/1544/22. The online index of PROB 11/ transposes his titles.

  2. C DDI/1/4, [accessed 21/05/2018].

Further Information

Bridget Forrest

Relationships (1)

Son-in-law → Father-in-law