1891 Death James (‘The Governor’) Hutchinson Swanton (1815-1891), Rineen Skibbereen, Carrisbrook House, Dublin (Mentioned in James Joyce Ulysses), Memoir of William Feckman and West Cork Methodist References.
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. 1856 Ballydehob Presentment sessions as Cess Payer. 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 purchased 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, Benduff Slate Quarry, Director Provincial Bank, sitting Skibbereen 1861, subscriber (Pembroke Road, Dublin), Dr. Daniel Donovan ‘History of Carbery, 1876. Donor to the church bell fund, 1869, St. Nicholas, Cork. (Cork Daily Southern Reporter 26th March 1869). 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
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Michael Keane said:
The land purchases of James Hutchinson Swanton included the townland of Raheenroe bought from Lord Audley for £800 when the whole of the Lord Audley Cork property including the Ballydehob copper mines were sold as an encumbered estate post Great Famine. I briefly mentioned this purchase by J H Swanton in my book ‘the Earls of Castlehaven -Lord Audleys of Cork and Kildare: War, Sex, Corruption, Land’ 2018, p 192
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Brett Adams said:
Fascinating! I’ll be ordering a copy of your book, sir! I’m a third-great-grandson of JH Swanton, and I’ve been fascinated with his story, as well as all of my ancestors. I was fortunate to visit Ireland in 2018, meet Terri and the amazing people at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, and through them I met a distant cousin, and visited ancestral homes from Rineen to Ballydehob. Pat has shared many great nuggets of history here.
Michael Keane said:
Thank you Brett, your ancestor J H Swanton was indeed a most resourceful and interesting person. He is worthy of further research. The team at Skibbereen Resource Centre are superb. Hope you enjoy the history, Michael
Pat Lennon said:
Had no idea how fascinating our Protestant families ‘ history is