Godwin Swift (1627 - 1685)

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Birthplace: Ross-on-Wye, County of Herefordshire, UK
Death: Died in Dublin, Dublin City, Ireland
Occupation: Attorney-General at Tipperary to the Court Palatine of the 1st Duke of Ormonde
Managed by: Angela Holt
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About Godwin Swift

Godwin Swift

Godwin Swift, the first of the Swifts to settle in Ireland. Godwin, a barrister, made the move from Herefordshire early in the reign of Charles II and was Attorney General to the Duke of Ormonde for the County Palatine of Tipperary. By way of payment for his service, he received a residence on Ormonde Quay in Dublin and an estate at Swift's Heath, Jenkinstown, just outside Kilkenny City. Jonathan Swift, the celebrated Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral and author of Gulliver's Travels, was Godwin's cousin and lived at Swift's Heath while studying in Kilkenny. Godwin's fourth wife, Elinor Meade, was a daughter of Colonel William Meade of Kinsale.

They had five sons. Their eldest son, Meade Swift, studied at Trinity College Dublin, relocated to Lynn on the banks of Lough Ennell in Co. Westmeath. He married Mary L'Estrange of nearby Keoltown.  Meade's cousin Jonathan Swift was a frequent visitor and his memory is now encapsulated in Jonathan Swift Park and the Lilliput Adventure Centre.

Godwin Swift's Timeline

January 23, 1627
Ross-on-Wye, County of Herefordshire, UK
Age 54
An Longfort, Eire
December 7, 1685
Age 58
Dublin, Dublin City, Ireland