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Engraving of the Prodigal Son as a swineherd by Hans Sebald Beham, 1538

A swineherd /ˈswnhɜːrd/ is a person who raises and herds pigs as livestock.

Swineherds in literature[edit]

Swineherds in paintings[edit]

The Swineherd by Paul Gauguin, 1888
  • The Swineherd, a 1888 painting by French artist Paul Gauguin

Swineherds in history[edit]

  • Denewulf, Bishop of Winchester from 878 or 879 until his death in 908, began his life as a swineherd.
  • Ivaylo of Bulgaria, a swineherd who spearheaded a peasant uprising and became tsar of Bulgaria (1277–1278).
  • Rafael Carrera, President of Guatemala 1844-48 and 1851-65

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bible Gateway passage: Matthew 8:28-34, Luke 8:26-37 - New American Standard Bible". Bible Gateway. Retrieved 2022-01-25.
  2. ^ "Bible Gateway passage: Luke 15:11-32 - New International Version". Bible Gateway. Retrieved 2022-01-25.