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John Swayne of Wilton, Esq.


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Mary Sophia Heart

John Swayne of Wilton, Esq.

  • Born: 12 Apr 1778, Devizes, Wiltshire, England
  • Christened: 26 Apr 1778, St. John the Baptist, Devizes, Wiltshire, England 1
  • Married: 14 May 1810, Corsham, Wiltshire, England 2
  • Died: 2 May 1865, Wilton, Wiltshire, England 3
  • Buried: 6 May 1865, Wilton, Wiltshire, England 4

  Research Notes:

John Swayne of Wilton died aged 87 years (burial record).


WILTON.Death of Mr. John Swayne.—We have to announce the death of Mr. John Swayne, of Wilton, the late Clerk of the Peace, who for many years rendered important services to the county. The event, which has not been unexpected for some little time, took place on Tuesday morning. It is now nearly 70 years ago that Mr. Swayne first took part in the business of the county as assistant to his uncle, Mr. James Swayne, who then held the appointment of Clerk of the Peace. He was appointed Deputy Clerk in 1804, and succeeded his uncle in 1824, the year after the appointment of Mr. John Peniston, as County Surveyor. From that period up to the time of his resigning office last year, Mr. Swayne commanded the rest and esteem of every magistrate who was brought into contact with him. He had a profound knowledge of the law, and the Court of Quarter Sessions never hesitated to act upon his advice. In the year 1858, the magistrates presented him with his portrait as a token of acknowledgment of the able and efficient manner in which he had discharged his duties ; and Sir John Avery and Mr. Matcham, the two chairmen of Quarter Sessions, testified on that occasion to his clear judgement, his general information, and his constant readiness to take upon himself the full responsibilities of his important office. He died at a ripe old age, having, we understand, completed his 87th year on the 12th April last.

The Devizes Advertiser, Thursday, 4 May 1865, p. 1


The Will of John Swayne late of Wilton in the County of Wilts, Gentleman, deceased, who died 2 May 1865 at Wilton aforesaid, was proved 13 June at the Principal Registry by the oaths of Henry James Fowle Swayne of Netherhampton House near Salisbury in the said County, Esquire, the son, Thomas Blizard Curling* of 39 Grosvenor-street Grosvenor-square in the County of Middlesex, Esquire, and Edward Yalden Cooper* of Wincanton in the County of Somerset, Esquire, the executors. Effects under £60,000. 3

* sons-in-law

  Marriage Information:

John married Mary Sophia Heart, daughter of John Heart and Catherine Hulbert, on 14 May 1810 in Corsham, Wiltshire, England. (Mary Sophia Heart was christened on 13 Oct 1778 in Corsham, Wiltshire, England, died on 2 Jan 1862 in Wilton, Wiltshire, England, and was buried there 8 Jan 1862, aged 83 years.)

  Marriage Notes:

John Swayne of the parish of Wilton, bachelor, and Mary Sophia Heart of this parish, spinster

Married by Licence

Witnesses: Dan--s Ward, Florence Ward


1 Devizes St. John Wilts Parish Registers, Baptisms (family name spelled SWAINE).

2 Corsham Wilts, Marriages, p. 25.

3 England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995, 1865, p. 114.

4 Wilton Wilts Parish Registers, Burials, p. 38, no. 299.

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