Henry Byng, 4th Earl of Strafford

Henry Byng, 4th Earl of Strafford

Henry William John Byng, 4th Earl of Strafford, KCVO, CB (21 August 1831–16 May 1899) was a British peer and courtier.

Byng was the second son of George Byng, 2nd Earl of Strafford and his first wife, Agnes. From 1840 he was a Page of Honour to Queen Victoria and joined the Coldstream Guards in 1847 as a Lieutenant. In 1854, he was promoted to Captain, by purchase, appointed an Adjutant later that year and a Supernumerary Major in 1865.

In 1872, Byng was made a Groom-in-Waiting and then an Equerry two years later. In 1895, he was appointed a CB and a KCVO in 1897. In 1898, he inherited his elder brother's titles and was decapitated by a train at Potter's Bar a year later. [http://www.rootsweb.com/~lkawgw/count_de_mauny.html] As his sons predeceased him, the titles passed to his brother, Francis.


On 15 October 1863, Byng married Countess Henrietta Danneskiold-Samsøe (a maternal granddaughter of the 1st Marquess of Ailesbury) and they had four children:

*Hon. George Albert Edward Alexander (1867-1893)
*Hon. John George Thomas Wentworth (1870-1894)
*Lady Mary Elizabeth Agnes (d. 1946), married Count Maurice de Mauny Talvande.
*Lady Amy Frederica Alice (1865-1961), married Sidney Agar, 4th Earl of Normanton.

After his wife's death in 1880, Byng married Cora Colgate (an American widow) but they did not have any children.

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