William Swabey b: Jun 13, 1789, d: Feb 6, 1872,
“The diary of First Lieutenant William Swabey, Royal Artillery, 28 July to 31 October
1807', Journal of the Royal United Service Institution, 61 ....”
“Diary of Lt. William Swabey, RA, 1807. 1916.”
“His diaries, which only cover the period of the Peninsular War, were edited by F A Whinyates
and published in 1895.”
“William Swabey, Diary of campaigns in the Peninsula, for the years 1811, 12, and 13 . . . , ed.
F. A. Whinyates (n.p., ).”
“Maurice Swabey, Esq. of Langley Marish, co. Bucks, Fellow of the College of Advocates, chancellor of the diocese of Rochester, commissary of Essex, Westminster, and Herts, and official principal to the archdeacon of Surrey, 6. 29 Nov. 1752; m. 1st, 4 Sept. 1783, Catherine, dau. of Robert Bird, Esq. of Barton-on-the-Heath, co. Warwick, by Mary his wife, dau. and co-heir of John-Henry Merttins, Esq. of Ketton, co. Suffolk, son of Sir George Merttins, Knt., and by her (who d. 28 Jan. 1803) had issue,
William, late capt. royal artillery, and subsequently member of the legislative council of Prince Edward's Island, b. 13 June, 1789; m. 4 Aug. [Oct! At Ecoles, by the Rev.Thomas Blackburne]1820, Mary-Anne, dau. of Edward Hobson, Esq. of Hope Hall, co. Lancaster, and has issue, William, 6.20 Feb. 1825; Henry-Birchfleld, b. 1826; Thomas, b. 1827 : Frederick, b. 1828;Maurice, b. 1830; Mary-Anne- Elizabeth; Caroline; and Katharine Margaret, m. to her cousin. Stephen Swabey, Esq., and has issue, Samuel, Arthur, and Emily. “
CAPTAIN W. SWABEY.
The death of Captain William Swabey, one of the few remaining heroes of the old French wars,in bis 84th year, took place on the 6th inst. [i. e. 1872]. We believe that Captain Swabey may be justly said to have been the father of the Royal Horse Artillery, inasmuch as he was present with a battery at Copenhagen in 1806. He also served under Sir Robert Gardiner through the Peninsular campaigns, had a medal and clasps for the actions at Toulouse, Vittoria, Salamanca, and Ciudad Rodrigo, receiving a bullet in the knee during the battle of Vittoria. He was also present at the final triumph of the British arms at Waterloo, for which he received a medal, and at the subsequent occupation of Paris. His faculties were perfect to the last. He leaves ten children to mourn his loss.
William Swabey and his wife, Mary Ann are buried in Cranfield churchyard. This is a village in Bedfordshire, England.
Regarding Capt. William Swabey. Records show that he retired from the army in 1825.
ST MARYS CHURCH
ST MARYS RD
Denomination: CHURCH OF ENGLAND
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TO THE LOVED MEMORY OF WILLIAM SWABEY CAPT/ RHA (2RD SON OF THE
ABOVE MAURICE SWABEY DCL) WHO/ SERVED HIS COUNTRY FROM 1805-1815 AT
COPENHAGEN/ CIUDAD RODRIGO, SALAMANCA, VITTORIA, TOULOUSE/ AND
WATERLOO. HE WAS AFTERWARDS JP AND DL BUCKS/ CAPTAIN BUCKS
YEOMANRY, SUBSEQUENTLY MEMBER/ HM COUNCIL & ADJ GENERAL OF THE
MILITIA/ PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND CANADA/ BORN 1789 DIED 1872/ (ALSO OF.....)
“... William Swabey, was born in Doctors Commons, London, on the 13th June, 1789, the youngest son of Maurice Swabey. He married Marianne Hobson in 1820. They emigrated to Prince Edward Island aboard the "John Craig" in May of 1840, with ten of their eleven children, and six servants. ... William and his family lived on PEI for twenty-one years, during which time, he became a member of the legislative and executive councils, Registrar of Deeds, Commissioner of Crown Lands, member of the Board of Education, as well as being appointed the Lieutenant Colonel and Adjutant General of the local Militia. Emily and her family returned to England in 1861. William Swabey died in Bucks, England on the 6 February 1872.”