Henry Bradley Swinburn of Birkenhead, Cheshire

JOHN SWINBURN, married 10 February 1823 St. Mary's Church, Lancaster, Lancashire(b) ELIZABETH BRADLEY
W. Percy-Hedley's book 'Northumberland Families' has William Swinburn 1805-1852 of Hexham, Northumberland as the father of Henry Bradley Swinburn but this is incorrect. There is a tradition, amongst some of Henry's descendants, that he is connected to the Dilston branch of the Swinburn Family but as yet no evidence of this has been found

John and Elizabeth (Bradley) were parents of:


  • MARY SWINBURN, (twin) born and baptised 30 June 1824 St. Mary's, Lancaster(b)

  • MARGARET SWINBURN, (twin) born and baptised 30 June 1824 St. Mary's, Lancaster(b)

  • HENRY BRADLEY SWINBURN, born 8 March 1829 Liverpool, Lancashire; baptised 27 March 1829 St. Peter's, Liverpool(a); Engine Driver; died 9 June 1887 Birkenhead aged 58; admon. 4 July 1887, estate 134; married 25 December 1853 Wallasey, Birkenhead, Cheshire, ALICE CHADWICK, born 1 June (or 6 March?) 1831 Liverpool; they are on the 1861 census at 108 Brook Street, Birkenhead, Henry a Fireman aged 32, Alice aged 30 with 3 daughters and on the 1871 census at 36 Back Oliver Street, Birkenhead, Henry an Engine Driver aged 42, Alice aged 40 with 6 children and brother James; on the 1881 census at 27 Oliver Street, Birkenhead, Cheshire with 5 of their children; Alice is on the 1901 census at Birkenhead, aged 70; of Catherine Street, Birkenhead when she died on 28 December 1902, she left a Will, proved 7 January 1903 at Chester with effects of 371 to Henry Swinburn, Schoolmaster; both were buried at Flaybrick Hill cemetery, Claughton, Birkenhead

  • MARY JANE SWINBURN, baptised 30 September 1831, St. Peter's, Liverpool(a)

  • ELIZABETH SWINBURN, baptised 1 September 1833, St. Peter's, Liverpool(a)

    James Bradley Swinburn and wife

  • JAMES BRADLEY SWINBURN, born Liverpool, baptised 28 September 1835, St. Peter's, Liverpool(a); married 1stly (reg. Q4 Wirral) 1858 SARAH JACKSON, born 1835 Cheshire; they are on the 1861 census at 1 Grafton Street,Birkenhead, James an Engine Driver aged 25, Sarah aged 26 with son Frederick; on the 1871 census James is a Stoker aged 35 and staying with brother Henry and family and on the 1881 census he is aboard the vessel 'British King' at Higher Bebington, Cheshire, an Engineer (Harb), aged 45; Sarah died (reg. Q3 Birkenhead) 1882 aged 47 (issue - see below); he married 2ndly (reg. Q1 Birkenhead) 1885 JULIA, born c.1835, she died (reg.Q1 Birkenhead) 1889 aged 54 and is buried at Flaybrick cemetery (issue - see below); he married 3rdly (reg. Q3 Birkenhead) 1890 MARY; he is listed in the 1895 Liverpool and Suburbs Kelly Directory as an Engineer at 203 Borough Road, Birkenhead; he died (reg.Q4 Birkenhead) 1899 aged 64 and is buried at Flaybrick cemetery

    Henry Bradley and Alice (Chadwick) were parents of:


  • ELIZABETH BRADLEY SWINBURN, born 8 October 1854 Birkenhead; on 1861 census with parents, a scholar aged 6; on 1871 census aged 16 at 'Maudlands', Shrewsbury Road, Birkenhead, a house maid in the Williams household; married (reg.Q4) 1880 St. Paul's, Birkenhead ALEXANDER LOVE

  • MARGERY SWINBURN, born 29 July 1856 Birkenhead; on 1861 census with parents, a scholar aged 4 and in 1871, a Pupil Teacher aged 14; on 1881 census aged 24 unmarried, a Schoolmistress lodging with the family of Frederick H. Brookhouse at Common Side, Belper, Derby; married (reg.Q4) 1882 St. Paul's, Birkenhead JOHN YOUNGER

  • REBECCA SWINBURN, born 14 June 1859 Birkenhead, Cheshire; on 1861 census with parents, aged 1, also in 1871 when she was a Pupil Teacher aged 11 and in 1881, as a Schoolmistress aged 22; married (reg.Q4) 1883 St. Paul's, Birkenhead ROBERT PARKER

  • MARY JANE SWINBURN, born 16 June 1861 Birkenhead; on 1871 census with parents, a scholar aged 9; married (reg. Q3) 1885 Bollington, Cheshire OLIVER KENYON

  • MARGARET ANN SWINBURN, born 9 July 1863 Birkenhead; on 1871 census with parents, a scholar aged 7 and in 1881, a Dressmaker aged 17; married (reg. Q3) 1898 St. Paul's, Birkenhead WILLIE RILEY

    4 Stanger Street, Keswick, Cumberland - Home of Henry and Edith Swinburne (house with white door furthest to right)

  • HENRY SWINBURN, Engineer; born 27 June 1865 Birkenhead, Cheshire; on 1871 census with parents, a scholar aged 5 and in 1881, a Pupil Teacher aged 15; married 2 August 1892 Frodsham, Cheshire EDITH ROBINSON, (daughter of JAMES FRODSHAM ROBINSON), born 27 November 1865 Frodsham; died 12 April 1944 Keswick; Henry taught in Lancaster for 5 years before he moved from Wallasey, Birkenhead to Keswick in 1891 when he became Headmaster of Crosthwaite School, Keswick, he took over on 21 July 1891 and retired on 31 October 1925; at the 1901 census they were living at Kentizern Terrace, Keswick with 2 children; Henry was a Freemason for many years; Edith died 12 April 1944 of 4 Stanger Street, Keswick (see picture), admon. granted 15 May 1944 to her husband, retired schoolmaster, effects 220; Henry died 25 June 1946 of 4 Stanger Street, Probate granted Carlisle 20 August 1946 to daughter Margery Greta, spinster, effects 793 (issue - see below)

  • JOHN SWINBURN, born 4 October 1867, died 1869

  • ALICE SWINBURN, born 8 December 1869 Birkenhead; on 1871 census with parents aged 1 and in 1881 aged 11; died August 1954 aged 83; she married (reg. Q4) 1899 Birkenhead JOHN BUTLER, they had a daughter EILEEN ELIZABETH BUTLER who in 1934 married her first cousin JAMES SWINBURN (see below)

  • EMILY AUGUSTA SWINBURN, born 17 July 1873 Birkenhead; on 1881 census with parents, aged 7; married (reg. Q2) Birkenhead 1900 ERNEST WHITMORE

  • AMELIA AGNES SWINBURN, born 15 June 1876 Birkenhead, died 12 October 1876, Birkenhead

    James Bradley and Sarah (Jackson) were parents of:


  • FREDERICK SWINBURNE, born (reg.Q2 Wirral) 1860 Birkenhead; on 1861 census with parents aged 1; on the 1901 census aged 40 at Elswick, an Ordnance Machineman with wife (possibly married Q2 1886 Birkenhead) ELLEN, born c.1863 Birkenhead

  • ADA SWINBURN, born (reg.Q4) 1861 Birkenhead; married 22 September 1890 Tranmere, Cheshire JOSEPH HARRISON GILL (son of JOHN GILL), born c.1866

  • JOHN JACKSON SWINBURN, born (reg. Q3) 1863 Birkenhead; possibly died (reg. Q4) 1863 West Derby (a John Swinburn who died aged 6 weeks is buried at Flaybrick cemetery in family plot)

  • ?JOHN SWINBURN, born (reg.Q4) 1864 Birkenhead (he could equally be a child of Henry Bradley and Alice Swinburn)

  • SARAH ANN SWINBURN, born 29 May 1866 at 6 Elizabeth Street, Birkenhead; married (reg.Q2) 1891 Birkenhead LOUIS FREDERICK VEITCH of Scotland

    Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales - May 2003

  • HENRY JACKSON SWINBURN, born 27 June 1868 Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales (see picture), twin; he appears in the 1911-1914 Kelly Directories, Manchester at 48 Barley Moor Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy and in the 1917-1925 directories at 7 Hampton Road, Chorlton-on-Medlock, the address at which he was living when he died on 18 November 1925; Admon with Will granted 31 December 1925 Manchester to widow, effects 983; married (reg. Q4 Birkenhead) 1892 EMMA GERTRUDE JORDAN, born c.1871 Birkenhead; they are on the 1901 census at Birkenhead when Henry was a Railway Clerk, aged 32; she died 19 September 1926 of 40 Egerton Road South, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Probate granted 20 November 1926 Manchester to sons Henry and Robert, effects 1006 (issue - see below)

  • JAMES JACKSON SWINBURN, born 27 June 1868 Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, twin; died (reg. Q3) 1869

  • EMILY SWINBURN, born (reg. Q4 Abergavenny) 1869, baptised 12 December 1869 Llanfoist, Monmouth; died (reg. Q1) 1871

  • JOSEPH SWINBURN, born (reg Q2) 1871 Birkenhead; married (reg. Q4 Newcastle/Tyne) 1897 ADA FRANCES OSBORNE, born c.1868 Flimwell, Kent; Joseph died (reg.Q2) 1951 and was buried at Flaybrick cemetery, Birkenhead; they are on the 1901 census at 25 Clara Street, Benwell, Northumberland, Joseph a Turner's Engineer aged 29 and Ada Frances (listed as Frances Ada) aged 33

  • WILLIAM SWINBURN, born (reg Q4) 1872 Birkenhead; married (reg. Q4) 1895 Birkenhead EDITH PAULINE OWEN; born c.1874 Birkenhead; they are on the 1901 census at 41 Dingle Road, Birkenhead with 2 daughters, William was a Commercial Clerk aged 28 and Edith aged 27, she died 7 January 1951 at Hill End Hospital, St. Alban's, Hertfordshire whilst of Lower Longridge, London Road, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, Admon. granted London 15 June 1951 to husband, retired accountant and Gwendoline Swinburn, spinster, effects 3896 (issue - see below)

    Henry and Edith (Robinson) were parents of:


  • EDITH MAY SWINBURN, born 26 May and died 29 May 1895 Cockermouth

  • HENRY ROBINSON SWINBURN, Major-General; CB 1947, OBE 1945, MC 1922; born 8 May 1897 Keswick; on 1901 census with parents, aged 3; died 27 January 1981 of Stoney Close, Nunton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, Probate Winchester 2 March 1981, effects 40,373; married 10 September 1932 Exeter, Devon NAOMI BARBARA HULL, (younger daughter of Major-General Sir CHARLES PATRICK AMYATT HULL, KCB and sister of Field Marshal Sir RICHARD HULL), born 22 August 1903 Aldershot, Hampshire, died 11 September 1992 at the Abbey Nursing Home, Amesbury, Wiltshire, Probate granted Winchester 26 November 1991, effects 169,767. Henry entered the Indian Army 1918, Royal Ludhiana Sikhs; served European War 1914-18; operations North West Frontier India 1919; Iraq 1920; Kurdistan 1922-3 (wounded MC); BEF France 1940 (despatches, OBE). His recreational activity was fishing and he lived at Stoney Close, Nunton, Salisbury, Wiltshire. (issue - see below)

  • MARGERY GRETA SWINBURN, born 24 December 1898 Keswick; on 1901 census with parents, aged 2; died 25 January 1987, Keswick, unmarried, of 34 Greta Court, Keswick, Cumbria, Probate granted 18 March 1987 Newcastle upon Tyne, effects not exceeding 40,000

  • JAMES CUTHBERT SWINBURN, born 24 July 1904 Keswick, graduated from Durham University, English lecturer at Cairo University, arrested 27 August 1956 having headed SIS's (MI6) entire Egyptian activities*, convicted in May 1957 and given a lengthy prison sentence (the Durham Record Office has a list of books sent to him whilst in prison), he eventually returned to England where he died 19 June 1965 whilst of Silverhow, Springs Road, Keswick, Probate granted 24 August 1965 Carlisle to widow, effects 9080; married 1 September 1934 Birkenhead, Cheshire his first cousin EILEEN ELIZABETH BUTLER, born 8 February 1907; as a widow she lived in Keswick, they had no children, she died 20 January 2000 at Nether Place Nursing Home, Keswick

    Henry Robinson and Naomi Barbara (Hull) were parents of:


  • Brigadier DAVID HENRY AMYATT SWINBURN, born 15 July 1934 Simla, India, educated Wellington College and RMA Sandhurst (won Queen's Medal for cadet passing out top of the Order of Merit), Commissioned into the Royal Engineers then went to Peterhouse College, Cambridge and took an Engineering Degree, two spells of active service - Aden 1959 and Borneo 1965, retired from Army in 1989, 5 years as Group Training Manager of Mott MacDonald Ltd. Currently Chairman of the Surrey Committee of the Army Benevolent Fund. He lives at Godalming in Surrey; he married 1stly on 7 January 1961 Crowborough, Sussex BELINDA MARION STAINTON, born 28 July 1937; 34 Independent Field Squadron, Royal Engineers, BFPO 10, died 13 June 1961 at Nakuru Hospital, Kenya, Admon. granted 4 September 1961 Winchester to husband; he married 2ndly on 17 September 1966 Rownhams, Hampshire GILLIAN ADAIR MURRAY, born 21 May 1942, they had 3 children, JONATHAN MURRAY AMYATT SWINBURN who married MARTINA DOOLEY of Gort, Co. Galway, Ireland (issue), and twins JOANNA KATE SWINBURN and CHRISTOPHER DAVID SWINBURN

  • Sir RICHARD HULL SWINBURN, Lt.-Gen. KCB 1991, Farmer; Director, Glancal Property Co., 1990-1996, born 30 October 1937 Aldershot, Hampshire; married 29 August 1964 Farnham, Surrey JANE ELISE BRODIE (daughter of ANTONY DOUGLAS BRODIE and JULIANE FALK), she died 22 November 2001 at Stone Farm, Exford. He was educated at Wellington College; R.M.A. Sandhurst. He commanded the 17th/21st Lancers in 1957. His recreational activities are listed as agricultural and country pursuits and he lives at Stone, Exford, Somerset, England.

    Henry Jackson and Emma Gertrude (Jordan) were parents of:


  • HENRY JAMES JARDINE SWINBURN, born 15 March 1902 Birkenhead; baptised 27 April 1902 St. Catherine's, Tranmere, Cheshire; in the 1930 and 1932 Kelly Directories, Manchester at 40 Egerton Road South, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Insurance Broker; in the 1935 directory at Kelvinside, Lea Road, Heaton Moor; in the 1937 directory at 14 Beech Lawn, Waterloo, Liverpool and in the 1935 and 1938 directories at 50 Fountain Street, Incorporated Insurance Broker (Swinburne Knowles Insurance Ltd. - this Co. at 89 Fountain St. in the 1951, 1954 and 1957 directories and in 1965 at 2 Cooper St.) died 15 November 1992 of 4 New Road, Solihull, West Midlands, Probate granted Birmingham 10 June 1993, effects 41,147; married (reg. Q2 Liverpool) 1932 MAE WILLIAMS, they had a daughter DIANA ANN SWINBURN who married Mr. BODDY

  • ROBERT CECIL SWINBURN, born 19 September 1904 Birkenhead; in the 1938 Kelly Directory at 53 Brown Lane, Cheadle, and in most of the directories from 1939-1969, a Commercial Travellor at 64/66 Altrincham Road, Gately; died (reg. Q4) 1982; married (reg. Q4 Manchester S.) 1928 VIOLET I. SHORROCKS, they had a son ROBERT SWINBURN

  • MARJORIE SWINBURN, born 2 November 1911 Chorlton, died 26 July 1980, unmarried, whilst of The Annexe, Tir Mair, Llanbedr, Meirionnydd, Gwynedd, Wales, Probate granted 12 November 1980 Manchester, effects 13,930

  • MARY PATRICIA SWINBURN, born (reg. Q3 Chorlton) 1913, married (reg. Q3) 1943 Manchester DAVID M. THOMPSON

    William and Edith Pauline (Owen) were parents of:


  • EDITH OWEN SWINBURN, born (reg. Q4) 1896 Birkenhead; on 1901 census with parents, aged 4; Nurse at time of Great War; married (reg.Q4 Liverpool) 1921 ARTHUR CATCHPOLE, Coal Merchant and Haulier, divorced c.1946 (3 children)

  • GWENDOLINE SWINBURN, born (reg. Q3) 1898 Birkenhead; on 1901 census with parents, aged 3; executrix of mother's Will 1951; spinster

  • ETHEL SWINBURN, born (reg.Q3) 1901 Birkenhead; possibly married (reg.Q2) 1934 Birkenhead JACK? LEWIS; Ethel lived with her husband at Upton-by-Chester

  • MARJORIE SWINBURN, spinster

  • WILLIAM SWINBURN, Estate Agent living in the Harrow/Pinner area

  • LOUISE SWINBURN, lived at Third Cottage, Neston

  • DOREEN SWINBURN, born (reg.Q4 Hawarden) 1916; Nurse and Writer; married SAM DUBNER, Civil Servant then later married a second time


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    Sources: W. Percy-Hedley's 'Northumberland Families'; Mrs. L. Swinburn; M.Oakes; Census Returns; GRO; IGI; VRI2; Joiner Marriage Index; Alan Riley; David H.A.Swinburn; Andrew Swinburne Quirk; 'Who's Who' 1969-1981 and 1998; 'Who Was Who 1981-1990'; Probate Calendars; Marc Catchpole
    *see 'Suez' by Keith Kyle
    (a)IGI; (b)Vital Records Index-2

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