Henry Swann

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Henry Swann (c. November 1763 – 24 April 1824)[1][2] was a British Tory[3] politician. He sat in the House of Commons for three periods between 1803 and 1824.

Swann was elected at a by-election in September 1803 as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the borough of Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight.[4] However he resigned his seat early in 1804, through appointment as Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds.[5]

He returned to the Commons two years later, when he was elected at the 1806 general election for the borough of Penryn in Cornwall.[3][6] He was re-elected in 1807,[7] 1812,[8] and 1818,[9] but his 1818 victory was declared void after an election petition was lodged. The seat remained vacant until the 1820 general election, when he was returned again,[3] holding the seat until his death in 1824.[2]

On Friday, 11 October 1811, Henry Swann officiated at the laying of the first stone for the new Waterloo Bridge over the Thames River in London. The bridge was to be constructed of grey granite which was to be quarried near Penryn, Corwall, Swann's constituency. A bottle of coins from the reign of the current king, George III, was placed inside that first stone. [10]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "Y" [self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ a b c Stooks Smith, Henry (1973) [1844-1850]. Craig, F. W. S., ed. The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 45–46. ISBN 0-900178-13-2. 
  4. ^ "No. 15639". The London Gazette. 3 November 1803. p. 1514. 
  5. ^ "No. 15680". The London Gazette. 3 March 1804. p. 278. 
  6. ^ "No. 15976". The London Gazette. 18 November 1806. p. 1506. 
  7. ^ "No. 16040". The London Gazette. 20 June 1807. p. 834. 
  8. ^ "No. 16668". The London Gazette. 14 November 1812. p. 2298. 
  9. ^ "No. 17384". The London Gazette. 1 August 1818. p. 1377. 
  10. ^ Leigh, Samuel (1820). Leigh's New Picture of London. London: Samuel Leigh. p. 270. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Col. Charles Macdonnell
Jervoise Clarke Jervoise
Member of Parliament for Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
With: Jervoise Clarke Jervoise
Succeeded by
John Delgarno
Jervoise Clarke Jervoise
Preceded by
Sir Stephen Lushington, Bt
Sir John Nicholl
Member of Parliament for Penryn
With: Sir Christopher Hawkins, Bt 1806 – Feb 1807
John Bettesworth-Trevanion Feb–May 1807
Charles Lemon May 1807–1812
Philip Gell 1812–1818
Sir Christopher Hawkins, Bt from 1818
Succeeded by
Sir Christopher Hawkins, Bt
2nd seat vacant
Preceded by
Sir Christopher Hawkins, Bt
2nd seat vacant
Member of Parliament for Penryn
With: Pascoe Grenfell
Succeeded by
Pascoe Grenfell
Robert Stanton