Death 1983 in Cobh, Co. Cork of Miss Mary Swanton of an old Ballydehob Family, WW1 service, founder with her brothers of bus company serving Cork/Fermoy/Bandon/Macroom/Blarney/ Little Island, a Model of Efficiency before being taken over by CIE, her father Richard Swanton a member of the ‘Bantry Band’ with Tim Healy, Sullivans, Cullinanes  later resigned in protest against British policies as a Justice of the Peace, her mother Helene Genis of Paris related  to Nano Nagle and Edmund Burke and her family a line of Swanton Political Activists

Obituary by R.C. Thompson in Southern Star, Skibbereen,  5th November 1983 courtesy Ginnie Swanton, Seattle, USA.

The article touches on a tradition of politics with some of the Swantons.  Most of the family were Protestant either Methodist or Church of Ireland.  A Kilcrohane branch descends from a Ballydehob Mining Captain who married locally and the descendants are Catholic as are a number of branches of the family.

Robert Swanton of Ballydehob was a United Irishman who may have escaped from Gaol in Cork to New York where he was very successful in business and law ending up as a Judge in the Marine Court.  He was active in Van Burren’s campaign for the US Presidency.  In New York he was associated with other Cork born Lawyers of the time, such as Judge Clerke (Skibbereen) o f theNew York Supreme Court adn robert `emmett’s brother Dr. Addis Emmett  and very active in Irish affairs.

In the 1860s in London the Swantons possibly from Durrus were involved with the Dukelows, Hurleys in Fenian Activities.  Later one of that extended family was the lady who ran the lodging house where Michael Collins stayed when he came as Post Office Clerk.

The obit refers to Hilaire Belloc and his Swanton connection.  This is probably incorrect his Swantons were most likely descended from a Revenue Officer not the West Cork Swantons.

 

Richard Swanton (1851-1928), 1893, Beach, Queenstown, ‘Davitt Magistrate’, son Richard, Queenstown, UDC, m 1893 Helene d Silvan Genis, Paris, Cork Industrial Development Association 1910.  Associated with ‘Bantry Gang’ of William Martin Murphy, Healys, O’Sullivans, Cullinanes. Resigned as J.P. in protest against British Government.

 

Other Swanton Magistrates:

 

Edwin Angus Swanton, 1919, The Arcade, Skibbereen, listed 1921.  Draper with father which was boycotted during Troubles and Managing Director of Cork County Eagle. Friend of solicitor and Crown Prosecutor and later TD Jasper Woulfe. Kidnapped by IRA on eve of Truce and held for 10 weeks.  Later fled to England and eventually returned to Skibbereen.  

George Henry Swanton, 1879, Fortview, Ballydehob, sits Ballydehob, Schull, Bantry, resident, April 1879, £189, listed 1913.

James (‘The Governor’) Hutchinson Swanton (1815-1891), Rineen Skibbereen, resident, April 1857, £143. 1835 Subscriber Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland  1837. Praised for his personal generosity and practical work in Ballydehob during Famine. James Hutchinson Swanton, 1815 – 1891, son of William Swanton, Ballydehob and Hanna Hutchinson, Clonee, Durrus.  Her father, Hugh Hutchinson, landlord and Margaret O’Sullivan, Ballagahadown between Caheragh and Drimoleague. She is probably sister to Eugene O’Sullivan, Gent, middleman on a number of estates including Dunmanway Shouldham Estate.  He is a church warden, Drimoleague c 1790. The Hutchinson major property owners in Bantry since at least mid 17th century. Not to be confused with Bantry Hutchins family. Slowly lands including Blackrock House now Bantry House acquired by Richard White (Ancestor of Lord Bantry).  Estate sold Landed Estates Court 1850s. Report on 1850 dinner for Sir Robert Kane, President Queens College. Prominent Methodist. In July 1869, it was agreed that Fifteenth Lodge of Freemasons of Ireland purchase Skibbereen premises from James Hutchinson Swanton for £250. From 1875 Carrisbrook House, Pembroke Ballsbridge.  Major businessman, shipowner, miller of Lorriga, Faran, Rineen with McNamara, landowner, Bendufff Slate Quarry, Director Provincial Bank, sitting Skibbereen 1861, subscriber (Pembroke Road, Dublin), Dr. Daniel Donovan ‘History of Carbery’, 1876.   Major land purchaser post Famine. 1881 Executive Committee associated with campaign against intemperance. 1870, 6,049 acres, 122, Pembroke Rd. Dublin and The Grove, Bray, Co. Wicklow..  Died Cheltenham. Probate to James Swanton, Eastview, Glandore, £3,807

George Henry Swanton -1902), Fortview, Ballydehob, sits Ballydehob, Schull, Bantry, resident, April 1879, £189.  Probate 1902, to James R. Swanton, M.D., £325.

 

 

Residents of a house 13 in West Beach (Queenstown No. 2 Urban, Cork)

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Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion Birthplace Occupation Literacy Irish Language Marital Status Specified Illnesses Years Married Children Born Children Living
Swanton Richard 59 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic Cork Co Shop keeper (Droper) Read and write Married 18 4 4
Swanton Helena 56 Female Wife Roman Catholic Paris, France Read and write Married
Swanton Mary De Ricci 17 Female Daughter Roman Catholic Cork Co Scholar Read and write Single
Swanton Richard Joseph 15 Male Son Roman Catholic Cork Co Scholar Read and write Single
Swanton William Aloysins 4 Male Son Roman Catholic Cork Co Scholar
Swanton Annie Margaret 2 Female Daughter Roman Catholic Cork Co
Harrington Maria 36 Female Governess Roman Catholic Cork Co Governess Read and write Single
Connell Bridget 28 Female Drapers Assistant Roman Catholic Cork Co Drapers Assistant Read and write Single
Connell Catherine 21 Female Drapers Assistant Roman Catholic Cork Co Drapers Assistant Read and write Single
Colman Annie 24 Female Shop Assistant Roman Catholic Cork Co Drapers Assistant Read and write Single
Pyburn Eily 20 Female Shop Assistant Roman Catholic Cork Co Drapers Assistant Read and write Single
Sullivan Elizabeth 24 Female Servant Roman Catholic Cork Co General Servant Domestic Read and write Single