West Cork History


The 2007 journal of the Skibbereen and District Historical Society contains an interesting article by Eugene Daly on Thomas Swanton a forgotten  figure who was an early pioneer in attempts to revive or preserve Irish as a spoken language.

Thomas Swanton, Ballydehob, Co Cork, Irish scholar, Antiquarian and Landlord 1810-1866 and nephew of Judge Robert Swanton of New York, Maritime Court and United Irishman.

He was born in Ballydehob in 1810 and spent some time in the United States with his uncle Robert a lawyer who had been involved with the United Irishmen.  Robert Swanton later became one of the Judges of the Marine Court of the City of New York and died in Blalydehob in 1840 aged 76.

He returned to Ballydehob in 1832 where he owned a small estate of 262 aces at Crann Liath, part of the townland of Sparrograda and this included the eastern end…

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