Updated funeral attendance

West Cork History

1938 Funeral of Edwin Swanton, Skibbereen.



The illustrious West Cork of Swanton family originally centered in Ballydehob (Swanton Town) n the 1901 census appears as those in Ireland born in Co. Cork:

1901 Census.

Swantons in Ireland born Co. Cork


Church of Ireland, 63%, 200.

Catholic, 33%, 104

Methodist, 4%, 15

I was surprised as I woud have assumed a far larger Methodist presence.

The census figures completely underestimate the family influence as through the maternal line they are connected all over West Cork and the Diaspora in places as far apart as Casper, Wyoming. Probably more so through Catholic intermarriage

The late West Cork Historian, Father Coombes published items suggesting that Hilaire Belloc, (Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc), was of the West Cork Swanton line, apparently erroneous.

Where did they come from?

The general accepted place of origin is Norfolk in Eastern England.


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