George Stevens Byng, 2nd Earl of Strafford

8th Jun 1806 - 29th Oct 1886

Claimant or beneficiary


2nd Earl of Strafford, PC (8 June 1806 – 29 October 1886), styled Viscount Enfield between 1847 and 1860, was a British peer and Whig politician.

Eldest son of John Byng (later 1st Earl of Strafford, 1772-1860) and Mary Stevens Mackenzie. (Married 1804; Mary died 1806). John Byng was MP for Poole, 1832-1835 and one of the few generals who supported the Reform Act. Favoured by Melbourne, created 1st Earl of Strafford in 1835. [For John Byng see Oxford DNB.]

Mary was the daughter of Peter Mackenzie of Grove House, Twickenham [DNB] and owner of Harmony Hall, Jamaica (Vere).

Marriages and children:

Married first to Lady Agnes, daughter of Field Marshal Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey, 7 March 1829. She died October 1845. Six children:

George Henry Charles, styled Viscount Enfield, later 3rd Earl of Strafford (1830–1898); Hon. Henry William John, later 4th Earl of Strafford (1831–1899); Hon. Francis Edmund Cecil, later 5th Earl of Stafford (1835–1918); Lady Agnes Mary Georgiana (1833–1878), married Hedworth Jolliffe, 2nd Baron Hylton; Lady Mary Caroline Charlotte (1838–1933), married Richard Arkwright; Lady Victoria Alexandrina Anna Maria (d. 1899), married Arthur Fuller.

Married second to the Hon. Harriett, daughter of Charles Cavendish, 1st Baron Chesham, 1848. (She died June 1892.) Seven children:

Hon. Charles Cavendish George (1849–1918); Hon Alfred John George (1851–1887); Hon. Lionel Francis George (1858–1915); Hon. Julian Hedworth George, later 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy (1862–1935); Lady Susan Catherine Harriet (d. 1936), married Thomas Trueman; Lady Elizabeth Henrietta Alice (d. 1920); Lady Margaret Florence Lucy (d. 1945), married Hon. John Richard Boscawen.

At 77 Eaton Square in 1841; at 82 Eaton Square in 1851, at Wrotham Park House, South Mimms, in 1861, 1871 and 1881.


T71/858 Vere claim no. 37 (Harmony Hall). [accessed 06/08/2012].

H. M. Stephens, ‘Byng, John, first earl of Strafford (1772–1860)’, rev. John Sweetman, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004) online edn, Jan 2008 [, accessed 06/08/2012].

England censuses online.

Further Information

(1) Lady Agnes, daughter of Field Marshal Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey, 7 March 1829-October 1845; 2. Hon. Harriett, daughter of Charles Cavendish, 1st Baron Chesham, 1848-1880
With (1): 3 daughters, 3 sons. With (2): 3 daughters, 4 sons

Associated Claims (1)

£3,018 16s 11d
Unsuccessful claimant (Tenant-in-tail or Remainderman)

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1806 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Tenant-in-tail or Remainderman

Trustees of George Stevens Byng counterclaimed for 1/3rd of the compensation for the enslaved people on Harmony Hall as a reversionary interest (and an annuity of £300 p.a.) after the life interest of his grandmother Mary Mackenzie and subject to a mortgage of £5000 held by Joseph Brooks Yates.

Legacies Summary

Political (6)

office →
Comptroller of the Household to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland
1834 - 1835
office →
Lord of the Treasury
1834 - 1834
office →
Comptroller of the Household
1835 - 1841
office →
Joint Secretary to the Board of Control
1846 - 1847
office →
Treasurer of the Household
June 1841 - August 1841
election →
Milborne Port Somerset
1831 - 1832
election →
Chatham Kent
1834 - 1835
election →
Poole Dorset
1835 - 1837
election →
Chatham Kent
1837 - 1852

Relationships (2)

Grandson → Grandmother
Grandson → Grandfather

Addresses (3)

77 Eaton Square, London, Middlesex, London, England
82 Eaton Square, London, Middlesex, London, England
Wrotham Park, South Mimms, Hertfordshire, South-east England, England