Family History Notebook

Robert Swindale

Ancestry unknown. 1
Probably son of Richard and Eleanor Swindale, baptised on the 3rd of April 1729 in Warden, Northumberland

No record positively identified for birth - probably around 1725-40 based on his marriage in 1761.

Married Margaret Armstrong on 2 February 1761 (Monday) in St John Lee, Northumberland.


William, baptised 23 June 1761 (Tuesday) in St John Lee, Northumberland
Richard, born at Cothouses, baptised 11 August 1765 (Sunday) in St John Lee, Northumberland
Robert, born at Coathouses, baptised 13 August 1769 (Sunday) in St John Lee, Northumberland
John, baptised 12 September 1773 (Sunday) in St John Lee, Northumberland

?? Elisabeth, married James Riddell on 19 Oct 1791 in St John Lee, Northumberland

Buried 15 July 1809 in St John Lee 2

PersonID 05022

Anick Grange Cottage Houses (Cot/Coat Houses? 7)


1    Moved to Simonburn as child.

2    The surname is variously recorded as Swindall, Swindell, Swendall, Swindale

3    A Robert Swindall of Warden was buried at Warden on the 13th of April 1780.
A Robert Swindle of Coathouses was buried 15 July 1809 at St John Lee. A Margaret Swindle or Swindel, widow, of Coathouses was buried on the 19th of February 1812 at St John Lee. This must be the Robert who married Margaret Armstrong in 1761 in St John Lee.

One is probably the son of Richard and Eleanor baptised 1729 at Simonburn; the other the son of John and Ann baptised 2 April 1721 at Hexham with Stonecroft Roman Catholic Church.

On balance of probabilities I suggest that the Robert who died at Warden is likely to be the one who inherited the farm(?) at Warden, and this Thomas is the one who settled in St John Lee, i.e.

WARDEN                                      SIMONBURN                                                                 RYTON                                 MOLLERSTEADS

Robert                                                                                                                                                                                                         Richard
John = Ann Picts                      Richard (1699-1777)                                                     George                Thomas                   
                                                             St JOHN LEE                                                                                                                                  
Robert (1721 - 1780)             Robert (1729 - 1809)      John       Thomas                                                                                
(End of line)                                   
                             William          Richard                  Robert                                        John
                                                        Robert         William   Robert      Henry           Thomas


4      A third Robert son of George Swindle and Mary Young was baptised December 1738 in Ryton, County Durham. These three are possibly all cousins.

A Robert Swindale married Margaret Armstrong on 2 February 1761 (Monday) in St John Lee, Northumberland. He had sons William, Richard, Robert and John. It is not possible to positively identify this Robert with one of the three above, although on grounds of location Robert son of George is least likely. The first son may have been named after Margaret's father - a William Armstrong witnessed the marriage (and may have marched Robert to the altar!). In this case the second son may be named after Robert's father and this makes Robert, son of Richard the most likely candidate. On the other hand the John Swindale who married Ann Piet was buried from Boathouse, probable the East Boat close to Anick Cottage Houses.

5    A Robert Swindall was also buried at Warden on the 13th of April 1780. This is most likely the Robert Swindale who did not marry Margaret Armstrong since the one buried in 1809 was from Coathouses.

6    In the parish registers he is recorded as being from Anick, Cott Houses and Coat Houses but on his son Robert's gravestone the address is recorded as being Anick Grange Cottage Houses (2 km. NE of Hexham, Grid Reference NY958653).

7    Cot-house.   A small cottage; spec. in Scotland, the house of a cottar. (Although usually spelt cot-, the actual word in the south of Scotland is cote-, pronounced the same as coat, with the long o that has arisen from original short o in an open syllable, as in Old English cŏ-te, Middle English cō-te.)  Oxford English Dictionary

A deed of 1664 in Earsdon refers to "all houses and coat-houses belonging to those six farms".