The following obituary for Thomas Anthony Swinburne appeared in the Times newspaper.
|Obituary in the Times newspaper|
|16 December 1893||Captain Thomas Anthony Swinburne, R.N. (retired), of Pontop-hall, Durham, who died on the 7th inst. at Beauregard, Guernsey, was the eldest son of the late Lieutenant-General Thomas Robert Swinburne, who fought at Waterloo, and Maria, third daughter of the Rev. Anthony Coates, and was born in 1820. Having entered the Royal Navy, he served during the Syrian campaign of 1840, and in 1844 became a mate. In that capacity he was attached successively to the Illustrious, 72, and the Phoenix, steam sloop, in North America, the West Indies, and the Mediterranean, and, having been in 1846 promoted to be lieutenant, again went to the Mediterranean in the Bulldog, a steam sloop, which, towards the end of her commission, was commanded by the late Sir A.C. Key. During the war with Russia Mr. Swinburne served in the Black Sea in the Miranda, 14, Captain E.M. Lyons, and was present at the naval attack on Sebastopol. From 1859 he was first lieutenant of the Edgar, 91, flagship in the Channel, and, having in 1861 been made commander, he became, in 1864, inspecting officer of coastguard at Greenock. In 1876 he retired with the rank of captain. Captain Swinburne, who in 1852 married Maria Anne, daughter of the late Captain Fraser, jun., of Gorthaleg, leaves several children, the eldest of whom is a major in the Royal Marine Artillery. The deceased officer possessed the Syrian, Crimean, and Turkish medals, the Sebastopol clasp, and the Fifth Class of the Medjidieh.|