John Byng
John Byng
Historical Figure
Nationality: Great Britain
Date of Birth: 1704
Date of Death: 1757
Cause of Death: Execution by firing squad
Occupation: Sailor
Military Branch: Royal Navy (Seven Years' War)
Turtledove Appearances:
POD: c 85,000,000 BCE;
Relevant POD: 1452
Appearance(s): The United States of Atlantis
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Date of Death: Unrevealed
Cause of Death: Execution by hanging
John Byng (29 October 1704 – 14 March 1757) was a British Royal Navy admiral who was court-martialed and executed by firing squad for failing to "do his utmost" during the Battle of Minorca, at the beginning of the Seven Years' War.

John Byng in AtlantisEdit

John Byng was hanged by the British government for dereliction of duty. Voltaire believed the reason was because the British government wanted to encourage its other admirals by example: "pour encourager les autres." Custis Cawthorne referenced this incident in the Atlantean Assembly to emphasize how important it was that the Atlanteans win the Atlantean War of Independence.[1] Victor Radcliff referenced Cawthorne referencing the same incident, when discussing the disobedient attitudes of the Nouveau Redon quartermasters,[2] and the Marquis de La Fayette referenced the same quote in describing the penalty for soldiers who raped friendly women.[3]

Literary commentEdit

It is unclear whether Byng was hanged during the global war described in "Nouveau Redon," or an unmentioned fictional war.


  1. The United States of Atlantis, pg. 39, PB.
  2. Ibid., p. 197.
  3. Ibid., p. 285.

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