John Byron joined the navy in 1731. On 14 May 1741, his ship, HMS Wager, was shipwrecked on the coast of Chile. He later wrote about his adventures in The Narrative of the Honourable John Byron, which was published in 1768. Between June 1764 and May 1766, Byron completed his own circumnavigation of the globe as captain of HMS Dolphin. In 1769 he was appointed governor of Newfoundland off the mainland of Canada. In 1778 and 1779, he served as Commander-in-chief of the British fleet in the West Indies during the American War of Independence. On 8 September 1748 he married Sophia Trevanion, and they had two sons and seven daughters, three of whom died in infancy. He died on 10 April 1786 and was buried in the Berkeley family vault situated beneath the chancel of the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Twickenham, Greater London, England.
Biography of "Foul Weather Jack" Dictionary of Canadian Biography 
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