Son of Sir Alexander Swinton, 22nd of that Ilk and Margaret Swinton
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About Alexander Swinton, Lord Mersington
Alexander Swinton, the second son of Sir Alexander Swinton of Swinton in Berwickshire, was born between 1621 and 1630. John Swinton (1621?–1679) was his elder brother. Alexander is first mentioned as fighting in the battle of Worcester on the side of King Charles II of Scotland, where he was taken prisoner He was admitted advocate on 27 July 1671.
Swinton was a zealous Presbyterian, and his dissatisfaction with the government continued, and he relinquished his profession in 1681 rather than take the Test. He was restored by the king's letter of dispensation on 16 December 1686, and was admitted a Lord Ordinary on 23 June 1688, in place of John Wauchope of Edmonston, taking the title of Lord Mersington, after a place in the parish of Eccles. At the Glorious Revolution which followed immediately, Mersington acted a conspicuous part in the attack on Holyrood House, and, according to a letter "to the late king in France" from Lord Balcarres, who designated Mersington the "fanatique judge", Swinton joined the supporters of William of Orange "with a halbert in his hand, and as drunk as ale or brandy could make him".
Swinton was reappointed a judge in November 1689, he, Sir James Dalrymple of Stair, and Sir John Baird of Newblyth being the only judges who had previously sat on the bench, and Swinton having been the only one of James II's (VII of Scotland) judges who was continued in office by William III. In July 1690 he was appointed a visitor in the act for the visitation of universities, colleges, and schools, and in June 1698 was elected to sit as president until a question as to the nomination of Sir Hew Dalrymple should be confirmed. He continued in office until his death, which took place suddenly in August 1700.(Swinton 1898, p. 236)
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