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Family and Education
This Member’s identity is unclear. The Byngs, a large Kentish family from Wrotham, were connected with various members of the Howard family, the patrons of Castle Rising.1 Two members of the family, Robert and his son George, sat in Elizabethan parliaments. Thomas may have been George’s younger brother by the first marriage of his father Robert, or he may have been George’s son.2 Alternatively, he could have been the son of Dr. Thomas Byng, dean of Arches, and the brother of Henry Byng*, later serjeant-at-law.3
As there were three ‘Mr. Bings’ in the Commons in 1614, nothing definite can be ascertained about this Member’s parliamentary activity.