Anthony Langley Swymmer

???? - 1760


MP for Southampton 1747-1760, 'a member of a good Bristol merchant family.'

  1. Adm. Fell.-Com. (age 16) at PETERHOUSE, Nov. 7, 1741. Of Jamaica. Doubtless s. of Anthony, of Jamaica, Esq. School, Winchester. Matric. 1741. M.P. for Southampton, 1747-60. Married Arabella, dau. of Sir John Astley, of Patshull, Staffs., Bart. Died Feb. 26, 1760, in Jamaica. Buried at St Andrew's, Jamaica. M.I. Will, P.C.C. (G. Mag.; T. A. Walker, 279; Laurence Archer, Mon. in the West Indies.)

  2. Anthony Langly Swymner was listed in the Jamaican Quit Rent books for 1754 as the owner of 4016 acres of land in St Thomas-in-the-East, 900 acres in St Elizabeth and 3362 acres in Clarendon, total 8278 acres.

  3. Will of Anthony Langley Swymmer of Mold Flintshire proved 03/04/1760. In the will he outlined his Jamaica holdings as Nutt's River of 2036 and 1/2 acres; Clarke's River, also in St Thomas-in-the-East of 1120 acres; a parcel of 332 acres of land bought of Richard Risby adjoining Nutt's River; 4000 [sic] acres at Milk River in Vere called Swymmer's Land or Milk River Land; a parcel of about 1100 acres of land in St George's; and land in Spanish town near the beef market. The property was subject to an annuity of £60 p.a. to Rev. Thomas Horne for the life of Thomas Rowney of Bristol; to an annuity of £300 p.a. to Hon. George Bennett; and to a mortgage of £4000, and as additional security for a further £4000 secured on the Mold estate, to Henry Swymmer of Bristol. He charged further annuities on the property and explicitly on enslaved people on the lands, of £200 p.a. to Hester Macartney a single woman lately residing with me at Ashford in Middlesex; £200 p.a. to his friend Thomas Felton; and subject to his other debts, of £400 p.a. to his wife Arabella. He left the estate thus indebted, with additional legacies of £5000 to his niece Sarah Champneys and £200 p.a. to Henry Swymmer of Bristol, in entail to his nephew Thomas Champneys, together with the Flintshire estate subject to his [the testator's] wife's life-interest.

Sources [accessed 13/03/2017]; [accessed 13/-3/2017].

  1., Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900 [database online]

  2. 'A List of landholders in the Island of Jamaica together with the number of acres each person possessed taken from the quit rent books in the year 1754', TNA CO 142/31 transcribed at

  3. PROB 11/855/52.

Further Information

Arabella Astley
Peterhouse College, Cambridge [Admitted 1741; graduated? ]

Associated Estates (2)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1761 [EA] - 1761 [LA] → Previous owner
1741 [EA] - 1760 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Political (1)

West India interest 
election →
Southampton Hampshire
1747 - 1760

Relationships (4)

Grantor → Annuitant
Notes →
In the will of Anthony Langley Swymmer proved in 1760 he described an annuity of £300 p.a. to Hon. George Bennett [sic] secured on Swymmer's Jamaica...
Mortgagor → Mortgagee
Notes →
The will of Thomas Fane 8th Earl of Wesmtorland made and proved in 1771 shows a mortgage from Fane and Henry Swymmer of £2500 to Anthony Langley Swymmer on Jamaica and Flintshire property....
Uncle → Nephew
Son → Father

Addresses (1)

Mold, Flintshire, North Wales, Wales