15 Facts About John Byron


Vice-Admiral John Byron was a British Royal Navy officer and explorer.


John Byron earned the nickname "Foul-Weather Jack" in the press because of his frequent encounters with bad weather at sea.


John Byron returned to England with the captain of the ship.


John Byron was governor of Newfoundland following Hugh Palliser, who left in 1768.


John Byron fought in battles in the Seven Years' War and the American Revolution.


John Byron rose to Vice Admiral of the White before his death in 1786.


John Byron's grandsons include the poet Lord Byron and George Anson Byron, admiral and explorer, who were the 6th and 7th Baron Byron, respectively.

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Disputes over what happened after the wreck were instead played out as Bulkeley and Cummins, Campbell, Morris, the cooper Young and later John Byron published their own accounts, the last of which was the only one that in any way defended Cheap who had since died.


John Byron's book sold well enough to be printed in several editions.


In 1760, during the Seven Years' War, John Byron commanded a squadron sent to destroy the fortifications at Louisbourg, Quebec, which had been captured by the British two years before.


Captain John Byron was selected to explore the South Atlantic for a suitable island upon which to establish such a settlement.


Later John Byron encountered islands and extant residents of the Tuamotus and Tokelau Islands, and Nikunau in the southern Gilbert Islands; he visited Tinian in the Northern Marianas Islands.


John Byron had examined Gower for his lieutenant's examination in 1762 and was so impressed that he chose him to accompany him on his own circumnavigation and ensured that he was appointed as lieutenant to Commander Philip Carteret immediately afterwards in the next circumnavigation.


John Byron subsequently resigned his post and returned to England, where he suffered from poor health for the rest of his life.


George John Byron, married to Frances Levett, daughter of Elton Levett of Nottingham, a descendant of Ambrose Elton, Esq.