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John Anson Byron, Capt., RN

Also Known As: "Mad Jack"
Birthdate: (35)
Birthplace: Gight, Aberdeenshire, , Scotland
Death: August 2, 1791 (35)
Valenciennes, France
Place of Burial: London, Greater London, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Vice Admiral John Byron, RN and Sophia Byron
Husband of Lady Amelia Darcy and Catherine Byron
Father of The Honorable Augusta Leigh; George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron and Sahara Virginia Gordon Byron
Brother of George Anson Byron, Capt., RN; Frances Barbara Charlotte Leigh; Augusta Barbara Charlotte Parker and Juliana Elizabeth Byron

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About John "Mad Jack" Byron

Captain John Byron (7 February 1756 – 2 August 1791) was a British Army officer, best known as the father of poet Lord Byron.

Byron was the son of Vice-Admiral Hon. John Byron and Sophia Trevannion and grandson of William Byron, 4th Baron Byron of Rochdale. He was educated at Westminster School. He gained the rank of Captain in the Coldstream Guards. Captain John Byron also went by the nickname of "Mad Jack."

In 1778 he eloped with Amelia Osborne, Marchioness of Carmarthen, daughter of Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, to Europe and they married after she obtained a divorce from Francis Osborne, 5th Duke of Leeds. They married on 1 June 1779 at London, England. Amelia Osborne died in 1784.

Byron then married Catherine Gordon, heiress of Gight in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, daughter of George Gordon and Catherine Innes, on 12 May 1785. She was the mother of George Gordon Byron, who would much later become the 6th Baron Byron. In order to claim his wife's estate in Scotland, Captain Byron took the surname Gordon. After he had squandered most of her fortune and deserted her, Mrs. Byron took her infant son to Aberdeen, Scotland, where they lived in lodgings on a meager income.

"Mad Jack" died in 1791 at age 35, at Valenciennes. Later, Lord Byron would tell friends that his father had cut his own throat. It is more likely he died from tuberculosis or an overdose.

John was educated at Westminster School, Westminster, London, England.

He gained the rank of Captain in the service of the Guards.

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John "Mad Jack" Byron's Timeline

February 7, 1756
Gight, Aberdeenshire, , Scotland
January 26, 1783
Age 26
January 22, 1788
Age 31
London, United Kingdom
August 2, 1791
Age 35
Valenciennes, France
London, Greater London, England