Thomas Swinburne of Pontop Hall

Thomas was a younger brother of the third Baronet (see Sir John Swinburne of Capheaton). Pontop Hall came to the family through the marriage of Thomas Swinburne and Mary Thornton nee Meaburne co-heiress of Anthony Meaburne of Pontop Hall, co. Durham.



Pontop Hall, Durham
THOMAS SWINBURNE, of Tanfield; baptised 2 May 1705 Kirkwhelpington; of Old Elvet, Durham 1767-1770(1); Will dated 6 June 1770; died 1 February 1772; Will proved York 12 September 1772; married (the IGI has two marriage dates both at the Chapel of the Secular Clergy and the Jesuits Chapel, Durham, R.C., 8 August 1745 and 26 May 1748) MARY THORNTON, born about 1714, widow of Thomas Thornton of Netherwitton, and daughter and co-heir of Anthony Meaburne of Pontop Hall, co. Durham; she died aged 72 and was buried 28 April 1786; Will dated 19 March 1785.

Parents of:


  • MARY SWINBURNE, baptised 17 June 1752 Tanfield; she was left a bequest by grandfather Anthony Meaburne of Pontop Hall in 1758; of Old Elvet, Durham when Will dated 16 August 1783; died unmarried 17 August 1783, aged 30, "Sunday at Durham Miss Swinburn sister of Thomas Swinburn of that city, esq., died." (Newcastle Courant 23rd August 1783); left effects to brother Thomas

  • THOMAS SWINBURNE of Slingsby, Yorkshire and Pontop Hall, Durham; baptised 14 June 1754 Tanfield; of Old Elvet, Durham in 1771(1); died October 1825, married 4 January 1781, Sedgefield, Durham CHARLOTTE SPEARMAN (daughter and co-heir with her 3 sisters, of ROBERT and ANN SPEARMAN of Durham and Old Acres), "Thursday sen'night at Sedgefield, Thomas Swinburn, esq., of Slingsby near York, to Miss Spearman of Old Acres, near Sedgefield, with a fortune of 25,000. Immediately after the ceremony the new couple set off for Mr. Swinburn's seat at Slingsby." (Newcastle Courant 13th January 1781); she inherited a quarter share of her father's estate in 1789(1), she lived at Old Acres as a widow, her Will was dated 14 August 1849, leaving all her real estate to son Thomas Robert

    Thomas and Charlotte (Spearman) were parents of:


  • CHARLOTTE MARIA SWINBURNE, born Slingsby "Tuesday sen'night The Lady of Thomas Swinburn, esq. of a daughter at his seat at Slingsby, near Malton, Yorkshire" (Newcastle Courant births - 5th January 1782), baptised 26 December 1781 Slingsby, died 23 June 1853 Shrewsbury

  • AMELIA SWINBURNE, baptised 20 July 1785 Slingsby, Yorkshire; she may have married 25 January 1810 Sedgefield, Durham THOMAS OSWALD

  • THOMAS ROBERT SWINBURNE, baptised 11 March 1794 Sedgefield, Durham; of Pontop Hall, Durham, Marcus Lodge, Forfar, and Edinburgh; a Magistrate and Deputy Lieutenant for Forfarshire; J.P.; Lieutenant-General in the Army, he served in the Guards, in Holland and the south of France and in the campaign of 1815, at Quatre Bras, Waterloo, the taking of Peronne, and in the army of occupation; Pigots Trade Directory 1830 lists Major R. T. Swinburn of Hartlepool; Slaters Directory 1854 lists Col. Thomas Robert Swinburne in Hartlepool; died 28 February 1864 at Great Stuart Street, Edinburgh; will proved 11 June 1864, effects under 20,000 in England; married 1stly 8 December 1818 Ripon, Yorkshire MARIA COATES, (third daughter of Rev. ANTHONY COATES, Rector of Gouldsbro', Yorkshire), she died 21 July 1820 (issue - see below). He married 2ndly in October 1826 HELEN ASPINALL, (eldest daughter of JAMES ASPINALL, Esq. of Liverpool), she died 10 March 1860 Edinburgh, admon. granted to husband 5 May 1860, effects under 300 (issue - see below).

    Thomas Robert and Maria (Coates) were parents of:


  • Pontop Hall 2003THOMAS ANTHONY SWINBURNE of Pontop, co. Durham and Eilean Shona, Inverness-shire, Captain in the Royal Navy, born 13 July 1820 Hartlepool, Durham; died 7 December 1893 at Beauregard, Guernsey, probate granted London 2 May 1894 to son Thomas Robert Swinburne and Campbell Montague Edward Wynne, effects 3114, resworn February 1895 3864; married (whilst a Lieutenant) 21 July 1852 St. Cuthbert's, Edinburgh, Midlothian MARY ANNE FRASER (daughter of Capt. EDWARD FRASER), born 1824 Inverness; they were living at Mount Braddons, Tormohan, Devon at the 1881 census, he was then a retired Captain; she died 21 March 1894 at Montreux, Switzerland, admon. granted London 10 May 1894 to son Thomas Robert, effects 1855, and again on 22 November 1926 London to James Swinburne, Engineer, effects 252

    Thomas Anthony and Mary Anne (Fraser) were parents of:


    PONTOP HALL
    Swinburne's lived at Pontop Hall until 1854 when the property was acquired by Joseph Nicholson. Joseph Nicholson's two sons, George and Hedley Nicholson married sisters Jane Matilda (Swinburn) Murray and Georgina Roberta Murray who were themselves the daughters of John Murray and Elizabeth Swinburn of Edmundbyers, Durham (see George Swinburn of Lanchester, Durham)
  • THOMAS ROBERT SWINBURNE, of Pontop Hall, Major (T/Lt.-Col.) Royal Marine Artillery; born 4 October 1853 Edinburgh, Scotland; entered the R.M.A. in 1872 and served in Egypt 1882 (despatches), Sudan 1884-85 (medal and clasp); lived at The Reeds, Liss, Hampshire, England and 23 Eaton Place, London SW1; died 8 October 1921 at The Reeds, probate granted London 21 November 1921 to solicitor C.M.E.Wynne, effects 7,457; married 9 March 1886 LOUISA GERTRUDE STEWART (daughter of ROBERT STEWART of Kinlochmoidart, Inverness-shire, Scotland) born c.1863 Scotland; Thomas is on the 1901 census at St. Mary, York, Major R.M. Artillery Army Officer aged 47 and Louisa was probably at Kensington, London aged 38; as a widow she lived at Flat 5, 9 Wilbraham Place, Westminster, London; she died 9 May 1960, probate granted London 17 October 1960 to Robert Neil Stewart, retired Major General H.M Army and the Honourable William Douglas Watson, writer to the Signet, efects 26,079 See below for issue.

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  • SPEARMAN SWINBURNE, Highland L.I., born 24 December 1856, died unmarried 21 February 1888 at Somerset Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa; admon. granted to father 10 April 1889, personal estate 525 in the United Kingdon; on his father's death admon. was granted again 8 November 1894 to his brother Thomas Robert, effects 750

  • Sir JAMES SWINBURNE, 9th Baronet, F.R.S., M. Inst.C.E., born 28 February 1858 at Inverness, Scotland. He was a pioneer of electrical engineering and of plastics, educated at Clifton College. He trained as an engineer in Tyneside from 1874-1881 then practiced as a Consultant Engineer. (At the 1881 census he was living at 8 Millicent Terrace, Gateshead, Durham, a Mechanical Draughtsman, aged 23, a lodger with the family of Wm. Johnson). He was a versatile inventor who made a great contribution to patent jurisprudence. He succeeded to the baronetcy in 1934 on the death of his kinsman Sir Hubert Swinburne. He resided at Bury Hill House, Logmore Lane, Dorking, Surrey, England, and also at Balholm Grange, Branksome Park, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England. He died 30 March 1958, aged 100, probate granted 5 September 1958 to widow and solicitor, effects 43,367. (For photograph and biography see www.iee.org.uk/Publish/INSPEC/100years/swinburne.cfm) . Sir James married 1stly 28 December 1886 Gateshead ELLEN WILSON (daughter of ROBERT HARRISON WILSON M.D., of Gateshead-on-Tyne), she died 14 January 1893. See below for issue. Sir James married 2ndly on 25 May 1898 LILIAN GILCHRIST CAREY, (3rd daughter of Sir (THOMAS) GODFREY CAREY, Baliff of Guernsey), born 1869 St. Peter Port, Guernsey; they are on the 1901 census at 41 Palace Court, Paddington, Sir James a Consulting Civil Engineer aged 43 and Lilian aged 32, with daughter Ida; Lilian died 5 January 1964 at Seabourne Nursing Home, 1 Clifton Road, Southborne, Hampshire, admon. granted 15 May 1964 to daughter Ida Rainier, effects 3554 See below for issue.

  • JOHN SWINBURNE, J.P. Transvaal, Lieut. 3rd Battalion, The Black Watch; born 18 August 1861 Aharacle, Argyll, Scotland; died unmarried 19 January 1939

  • ? CONSTANCE H. E. SWINBURN, born c.1862 Inverness, Scotland; on the 1881 census a Governess aged 19, at Mill Row, Aylsham, Norfolk

  • ANTHONY SWINBURNE, born 28 April 1863 Ardnairnham, Scotland; on 1881 census a scholar, aged 17, boarding at Clifton College, Clifton, Gloucestershire; died unmarried 1885

  • (REV.) HENRY SWINBURNE, born 9 October 1866 Wemyss Bay, Scotland; on 1881 census aged 15, a pupil at Fettes College, Edinburgh St. Cuthberts, Scotland; The Rev. Henry Swinburne, clerk, died 28 January 1900 at Stirling Lodge, Farnborough, Hampshire whilst of Hurst Lodge, Bramley, Surrey; Admon. granted 7 March 1900 London to widow, effects 295; married 21 August 1895 ANNIE HARRIETT BERKELEY, (daughter of Major BERKELEY), born c.1872 St. Marylebone, London; on 1901 census, Holy Trinity, Surrey aged 29; she died 3 May 1956 whilst of Willoughby, 13 Albury Road, Guildford; Probate granted 12 July 1956 London to daughter, effects 4090 (issue - see below)

    Rev. Henry and Annie Harriett (Berkeley) were parents of:


    MEABURN TROATH SWINBURNE, born (reg.Q4 Hambledon) 1896 Bramley, Surrey; on 1901 census at Holy Trinity, Surrey with mother, aged 4; died 3 January 1963 leaving issue; married 20 February 1926 GEOFFREY LINTON THORP, (son of Rev. G. L. THORP, Vicar of Kennington, Kent), Headmaster of City of Norwich School

    Thomas Robert and Louise Gertrude (Stewart) were parents of:


  • THOMAS ANTHONY STEWART SWINBURNE, D.S.O.(1916) Major, 2nd Field Squadron, Royal Engineers, served in World War I (despatches three times, Legion of Honour, D.S.O.); born 20 December 1886 Scotland; on 1901 census at Rugby, Warwickshire, Schoolboy aged 14; killed in action 1st April 1918, aged 30, buried Boves West Communal Cemetery, Somme, France (B.12); of 23 Eaton Place, Middlesex, admon. (with Will) granted London 29 May 1922 to C.M.E.Wynne, solicitor, effects 216, former grant P.R. 18 July 1918 to father, Thomas Robert (who died 1921), effects 1662

  • MARGARET FRANCES TROATH SWINBURNE (MARGOT), born 1888 (reg. Q1 Portsea, Hampshire) Southsea, Hampshire; on 1901 census at Butleigh, Somerset, aged 13; died 4 February 1956, married 9 August 1916, Col. Sir GERALD HENRY SUMMERS, K.C.M.G., (son of Rev. WALTER SUMMERS), 26th K.V.O. Light Cav., and Governor and Commander in Chief of Somaliland, he died 29 November 1925 (issue - see below)

    Margaret and Sir Gerald were parents of:


  • MARGARET ANNE SWINBURNE SUMMERS, born 1917
  • GERALD LESLIE SWINBURNE SUMMERS, born 1920

    Sir James and Ellen (Wilson) were parents of:


  • ANTHONY SWINBURNE, born 27 December 1887; possibly on 1901 census at Ditchling, East Sussex aged 13; died unmarried 31 May 1953

  • Sir SPEARMAN CHARLES SWINBURNE, 10th and last Baronet; born 8 January 1893 Wimbledon, Surrey; on 1901 census, a boarder aged 8 at school in Paddington, London; educated at Tonbridge, University of Edinburgh, School of Medicine of Royal Colleges, Edinburgh, King's College Hospital. M.R.C.S. England, L.R.C.P. London, 1920. Physician and Surgeon. Capt. RAMC. His hobbies were trout fishing, gardening and heraldry and he lived at Great Maytham, Rolvenden, Kent, England and at Pennys, Winforton, Hereford, England; he died 1 March 1967 at Cottage Hospital, Hawkhurst, Kent, probate granted London 28 September 1967 to widow and others, effects 37,640; he married 1stly 13 July 1913 IRENE GERTRUDE TRAVERS, (daughter of GEORGE TRAVERS) she died 31 May 1935; he married 2ndly 6 August 1935 MILLICENT AGNES FENTON (elder daughter of Lt.-Col. ERNEST HENRY MONTRESOR, Royal Sussex Regiment, and widow of GEOFFREY RUSSELL FENTON, The Connaught Rangers); she died 7 November 1971 of Great Maytham, probate granted 30 December 1971 Brighton, effects 20,826

  • JAMES SWINBURNE, (twin of Sir SPEARMAN, 10th Baronet); born 8 January 1893 Wimbledon; died an infant 15 January 1893

    Sir James and Lilian Gilchrist (Carey) were parents of:


  • IDA SWINBURNE, served in World War II as 1st Officer W.R.N.S.; born 2 December 1899 Paddington, London; on 1901 census with parents, aged 1; unsuccessfully contested the East Division of Surrey for the Labour party in May 1929; she lived at Strone, North Knapdale by Lochgilphead, Argyllshire; married 1stly 25 July 1929 DOUGLAS RONALD STUART SPENS STEUART, divorced 1945; she married 2ndly 2 July 1945 Cmdr. DANIEL HARVEY RAINIER, D.S.C.,R.N. (youngest son of Admiral JOHN HARVEY RAINIER); he died 21 March 1965

  • MARJORIE SWINBURNE, born 19 April 1904 (reg. Paddington), died unmarried 19 November 1927

    Thomas Robert and Helen (Aspinall) were parents of:


  • ROBERT SPEARMAN SWINBURNE, 54th Regt., born April 1828, died unmarried August 1847

  • JAMES SWINBURNE of Marcus Lodge, Forfar, D.L., Lt.-Col. 4th Hussars, born 29 July 1830 Liverpool, died 26 November 1881, married 20 April 1870 St. Georges Hanover Square, London, CONSTANCE MAUDE BOYNTON, (daughter of Rev. GRIFFITH BOYNTON, Rector of Barmston, Yorkshire and second son of 9th Baronet BOYNTON), born 1847 Boynton, Yorkshire, they were on the 1881 census at Marcus Lodge with their two daughters, she died 24 August 1895 in London, probate granted 5 June 1897, with confirmation by daughter Ethel Maude

    James and Constance Maude (Boynton) were parents of:


  • HELEN CONSTANCE SWINBOURNE, born 11 November 1874 Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, on 1881 census with parents, aged 6, died unmarried 7 May 1892 Hastings, of Marcus, Forfarshire, probate sealed London 8 October, confirmation of Ethel Maud Swinburne and Mrs. Constance Mary Swinburne

  • ETHEL MAUDE SWINBURNE, born 1877 Tannadice, Forfar, Scotland; on 1881 census with parents, aged 4; on 1901 census at Chelsea, living on own means, aged 24; died 25 May 1964, married 18 February 1903 Chelsea, London EVERARD JOSEPH STOURTON, born 28 December 1864, died 2 May 1932 (son of Capt. Hon. EVERARD STOURTON who was the 2nd son of 19th Baron STOURTON). As Ethel was heiress of her fathers estate of Marcus, Forfar, this passed into the family of LORD MOWBRAY, SEGRAVE and STOURTON. There were three sons and a daughter from the marriage.

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  • Sources: Debretts Peerage; 1881 and 1901 census; Newcastle Courant; GRO; IGI; Probate Calendars; Peter Hollins
    (1) Property papers at Durham Record Office

    Last updated 28 March 2004

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