SWANTON, Thomas (d.1723), of London.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1722 - 18 Jan. 1723

Family and Education

m. Elizabeth, 4s. 2da.

Offices Held

Lt. R.N. by 1690; capt. 1695; commr. of the navy at Plymouth 1715-16; comptroller of the storekeepers’ accounts 1716-18; comptroller of the navy 1718-d.


During the war of the Spanish succession Swanton served under Sir Clowdisley Shovell, M.P., in the Mediterranean.1 Appointed commissioner of the navy on George I’s accession, he stood unsuccessfully for Saltash at a by-election in December 1718, but carried his election in 1722 on the Admiralty interest, which he managed.2 He died shortly afterwards, 18 Jan. 1723, leaving £8,000 in South Sea stock to be shared by his children,3 two of whom entered the Royal Navy, Thomas, who was a captain in 1741, and Robert, who became an admiral in 1762.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Charnock, Biog. Navalis, iii. 111.
  • 2. Thos. Coram to Sir Chas. Wager, 3 Oct. 1723, copy in Buller mss at Antony.
  • 3. PCC 18 Richmond.