Family History Notebook


Isaac Swindle

Son of  Thomas Swindle and Mary Braithwaite, baptised on the 16th of July 1843, at Keswick, Cumberland

Married Mary Atkinson, on the 5th of June 1865 at Crosthwaite, Cumberland (bmd)


Eliza, born 1866 (died in infancy) 1
Mary Ann, baptised on the 1st of July 1866, at Keswick, Cumberland
Eliza, baptised on the 5th of April 1868, at Keswick, Cumberland
Sarah Agnes, baptised on the 6th of February 1870, at Keswick, Cumberland
Emma Jane, baptised on the 5th of May 1872, at Keswick, Cumberland
John, baptised on the 7th of March 1875, at Keswick, Cumberland
Thomas Henry, baptised on the 2nd of July 1882, at Keswick, Cumberland
Arthur, baptised on the 3rd of July 1887, at Keswick, Cumberland

Worked as a house painter and lived at Lupton's Yard, Keswick 2, then 13, Back Lane (1891) and then 15 Victoria Road (1901)

Died 1920 1

No further information


1    Information from Mary Pattinson

2    Information from the 1871, 1881 census, baptism entries from 1875 onwards. . Lupton's Yard became renamed Lupton's Court and then Lupton's Cottages. Lupton's Yard and Back Lane could be the same address -  John Swindle gave his address as Lupton's Cottages at his marriage in 1896.










William Brown, aged 18, and Isaac Swindle were indicted for damaging the dwelling house of John Gate, Forge, by the explosion of gunpowder, on the 12th of January last.

                Mr. Campbell Foster prosecuted, and Mr. Scott defended the prisoners.

               It appeared that in the county of Cumberland there is a custom in country places when a wedding has taken place in a family for the neighbours to assemble with guns and fire a kind of feu de joie in honour of the event, the bridegroom or his friends treating them. In pursuance of this custom the prisoners and several others, on the 12th of January last, proceeded from Keswick to Forge with a gun thus to celebrate the marriage of Mr. John Gate's daughter with a young man named Noble. On arriving at Gate's house they asked for drink, and said they had come to shoot. Noble treated them to beer, and gave Swindle, who had the gun, 2s. 6d. not to fire. Having got the beer they wanted something to eat, but were put out of Gate's house.

They began to fire the gun - at first in front of the house, then they fired under the door, filling the house with smoke. Mrs. Gate hanging a cloak before the door, to try to keep it out. Not content with this, they fired off the gun next through the keyhole of the door, and being out of percussion caps used a lighted candle for the purpose applied to the nipple.

The effect of this shot was to drive out the key with great violence into the house, cutting the arm of Mrs. Gate, which it came across, and knocking old Mr. Gate insensible off his chair, by striking him on the head. It also blew the lock of the door to pieces and split the door. The prisoners were afterwards very abusive and violent on the inmates rushing out to capture them and their gun.

This was the case for the prosecution.

            His LORDSHIP was of opinion that the statute was not meant to apply to such a case as this, but rather to malicious injuries to houses, by placing or throwing explosive substances against or into them, with intent to destroy such house or injure the inmates. This was more in the nature of a wanton mischief or assault, and he regretted that he had not acceded to an application made to him that morning for leave to prefer another indicment for an assault. His Lordship then warned the prisoners not again to venture on such outrageous conduct, and directed an acquittal.


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