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PEDIGREE OF THE YOUNGER BRANCH OF THE SWIFTS OF YORKSHIRE. ARMS: Or, a chevron nébulé, Argent and Azure, between three bucks in full course, Verl.
- Margaret, who (with nine of her children) was buried
William Swift, married Oct. 5, 1592, at Kingston, in Kent;=Mary, an heiress of the house of Philpott ; died March 5,
Margaret =Henry Atkinson, apothecary and citizen of London.
Anne= .. Perry.
Thomas Smith, collated to the territory of St Andrew
in the Cathedral church-yard.
1626, aged 58. was rector of Harbledown; and died Oct. 24, 1624.
Thomas Swift, vicar of Goodrich, and also of: Elizabeth Dryden. Catherine='
=Thomas Witfierde, gent.
& student of the last of who died daughter Swift, Erick, of William, sout issue.
young. of Sir W.
died in Leicester, Willoughby ;a widow, in
May, died April Three other sons.
Thomas, rector of Pute 1. Jane, born in 1666.
tenham, in Surrey ; 2. JONATHAN SWIFT,
died 1752, in his 87th the celebrated Dean
of St Patrick's : daughters.
born Nov. 30, 1667 ; died Oct. 19, 1745.
FAMILY OF SWIFT.
WRITTEN BY DR SWIFT.
[The original Manuscript, in his own hand, is lodged in the Univer
sity Library of Dublin.]
The family of the Swifts was ancient in Yorkshire ; from them descended a noted person, who passed under the name of Cavaliero Swift, a man of wit and humour. He was made an Irish Peer by King James or King Charles the First, with the title of Baron Carling ford,* but never was in that kingdom. Many traditional pleasant stories are related of him, which the family planted in Ireland had received from their parents. This lord died without issue male ; and his heiress, whether of the first or second descent, was married to Robert Fielding, Esquire, commonly called Handsome Fielding ; she brought him a considerable estate in Yorkshire, which he squandered away, but had no children; the Earl of Eglinton married another co-heiress of the same family, as he has often told me.t
Barnam Swift, Esq. was created Viscount (not Baron) of Carlingford, by King Charles I. March 20, 1627, and by his death in 1642, S. P. the title became extinct.
† Scottish genealogists do not record such a marriage in the pedigree of the Eglintoun family.
Another of the same family was Sir Edward Swift, well known in the times of the great rebellion and usurpation, but I am ignorant whether he left heirs or not.
Of the other branch, whereof the greatest part settled in Ireland, the founder was William Swift, prebendary of Canterbury, * towards the last years of Queen Elizabeth, and during the reign of King James the First. He was a divine of some distinction. There is a sermon of his extant, and the title is to be seen in the catalogue of the Bodleian Library, but I never could get a copy, and I suppose it would now be of little value.t
This William married the heiress of Philpott, I suppose á Yorkshire gentleman, by whom he got a very considerable estate, which, however, she kept in her own power ; I know not by what artifice. She was a capricious, ill-natured, and passionate woman, of which I have been told several instances. And it has been a continual tradition in the family, that she absolutely disinherited her only son Thomas, for no greater crime than that of robbing an orchard when he was a boy. And thus much is certain, that except a church or chapter lease which was not renewed, Thomas never enjoyed more than one hundred pounds a-year, which was all at Goodrich, in Herefordshire, whereof not above one half is now in the
possession of a great grandson.
His original picture § is now in the hands of Godwin Swift, of Dublin, Esq. his great grandson, as well as that of his wife, who seems to have a good deal of the shrew in her countenance ;|| whose arms of an heiress are joined with his own ; and by the last he seems to have been a person somewhat fantastic ; for in these he gives as his device, a dolphin (in those days called a Swift) twisted about an anchor, with this motto, Festina lente.
There is likewise a seal with the same coat of arms, (his not joined with his wife's,) which the said William commonly made use of, and this is also now in the possession of Godwin Swift above mentioned.
• William Swift was rector of St Andrew's in Canterbury, not a prebendary.
+ It was preached Jan. 25, 1621, at St George's, Canterbury, at the funeral of Sir Thomas Wilson, in Rom. viii. 18, and is written much in the style and man. ner of that age.-D. S.
More probably of Kent.-D. S. § Drawn in 1603, æt. 57: his wife's in the same year, æt. 54.-D. S.
These pictures are still preserved in the family.