His involvement in the rebellion and early death made him one of the icons of the rebellion. See Stella Tillyard's very sympathetic biography Citizen Lord.
My family history interest is on the other side. William Bellingham SWAN was wounded in the affray and survived another thirty years. He was described in a memorandum left by my great great grandfather, William Swan CROKER, as uncle to his father, Thomas Swan CROKER.
William Bellingham SWAN was rewarded by the government for his involvement in the capture. He was made Assistant Town Major of Dublin later in 1798 a post he held until the late 1820s. His family had long held posts in government. His father and uncle were justice of the peace and sheriffs. His uncle the Rev Bellingham SWAN obituary appears in the Freeman's Journal 16 October 1798 as follows.
Died in Cork, at the Advanced age of 102 years, the Rev. Bellingham SWAN, Rector of the united parishes of Desartsurges and Kilroan, one of the Vicars Choral of Saint Finbarry's Cathedral, of the city of Cork, and one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the county. This respected and venerable old man was curate to the celebrated Dean SWIFT, he was brother to Wm. SWAN, Esq of Kilrisk, co Dublin, one of the oldest magistrates of his day, and uncle to the present Wm Bellingham SWAN, Esq; Inspector General of Excise, and of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace and Quorum. This Respectable family was ever conspicuous for their attachment to their Sovereign, and active zeal and loyalty in support of the Constitution and laws, from the reign of the immortal William, down to the present day, and during that time have held uninterruptedly the Commission of the Peace, which they have discharged with honour to themselves, and advantage to their country. In consequence of the death of the Rev B SWAN, a great many expectants, are, of course, looking to the valuable livings thus become vacant.
William Bellingham SWAN died on 12 January 1837. He was a son of William SWAN (d<1791) and Jane LEE (d 12 Jul 1791) the widow of Walter CHAMBERLANE (whom she married by Killaloe licence 1749), Assistant to Major of Dublin Garrison c1798-1830.
Description of the arrest appear in Sir Richard MUSGRAVE Memoirs of the different rebellions in Ireland London 1804 pp206—210. He states that Captain SWAN received "a wound in the hand, and different wounds in the body; one of them under the ribs was deep and dangerous, and bled most copiously." In the Freeman's Journal he is described as Mr Justice SWAN in their description of the capture and contemporary events — see for example issues dated 22 and 31 May 1798. The weapon used by Lord Edward to defend himself was later stolen from Major SWAN's house by Emma Lucretia DOBBIN the daughter of Rev William DOBBIN DD and Catherine COOTE (see J Royal Soc Antiquaries of Ireland Vol 41 (1911) p376-379. Major SWAN is described in Irish Genealogist V6 p489 where he is said to have too much blood on his hands in the supression of the rebellion.
He was Inspector General of Excise and Licences of Ireland 1817 (Treble Almanack) and Freeman of Dublin Christmas 1797 Goldsmith by birth right. Descended from Sir Daniel BELLINGHAM Kt and Bt goldsmith and banker the first Lord Mayor of Dublin. Half-brother of Edward Bellingham SWAN Prerogative Will 1788, Commissioner for Stamps and Accounts from 1776 (Gentleman's Magazine 1776 p336). His wife Grace COOTE sister of Deborah COOTE who married Edward Abraham CROKER on 10 June 1784 and daughter of Thomas COOTE of Kilfinane. She was described by Emma DOBBIN's as a relative of her mother. He was trustee for the marriage settlement of Margaret CROKER (probably a sister of Thomas Swan CROKER) and Joseph SMITH in 1807.
Laurence CLONEY for the murder of Marcus HAWKINS on Vinegar Hill on the 15th June 1798. The deceased had two brothers also killed at that place. There were two other persons Michael DEVEREUX & Michael DOYLE charged in the same indictment with CLONEY. The jury remained enclosed all night and did not return a verdict till nine in the morning; finding guilty the latter and acquitting the others. CLONEY was ordered to be executed.
16 November 1793 — Mr J Napper TANDY is amongst those who have flown from Philadelphia. The presence of this poor gentleman seems extremely ominous to civic communities, while he himself seems destined to owe his safety to great masterly principle of generals
11 January 1794 — Last accounts from citizen TANDY place him in Boston. Heaven forfend that good city from plague pestilence and sedition
4 September 1798 — The following are the names of the persons ordered to return, surrender and abide their trials, under pain of outlawry, and their property being confiscated as mentioned in the bill brought into the House of Lords by the Rt Hon Lord Chancellor James Napper TANDY, Theobald Tone WOLFE ...
18 December 1798 — Hamburg Nov 27 - Capture of Napper TANDY - Napper TANDY is in a bad state of health - Nov 30 The Irish state prisoners continue in close custody B BLACKWELL has, as well as TANDY been relived from irons on the remonstration of the French minister - Dec 4
21 October 1799 — Napper TANDY given up to English by Senate of Hamburg
23 November 1799 — Mr James TANDY visited his father [James Napper TANDY] in Kilmainham gaol, yesterday, by permission from Government
10 February 1801 — James Napper TANDY was brought this day up to the bar, and Mr Attourney-General informed the court that it was intended that the prisoner be tried in the Co Donegall ... [change of legal representation for James Napper TANDY]
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