Robert Swanton, (1764-1840) Ballydehob, West Cork, member United Irishmen Directory arrest, imprisonment escape to New York where he was active in US Politics and became Judge of Maritime Court.
SWANTON, ROBERT – ‘Conway [ see JOHN AND HENRY SHEARES, above] and [ROBERT] SWANTON [1759-1840], both Cork men, were very actively engaged. Conway was a watchmaker, and one of the Directory of Cork. Both he and his friend SWANTON were arrested and sent to Cork jail, where Conway lost his health, and offered the government ‘useful information’ for his liberty.’
‘SWANTON, who lived near Dunmanway, escaped to America, where he became a judge. He returned to this county, two or three years ago, no doubt a far wiser man than he left it.’ (‘History’ of the County and City of Cork,’ C.B. Gibson, 1874)
Courtesy JHCS 1945, not correct to say he was from Dunmanway.