1912 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Lewis Swift

D. J. O'Donoghue, in Poets of Ireland (1912) 446.



EDMUND LEWIS LENTHAL SWIFT. Son of Theophilus Swift. Born on June 20, 1777, probably in Dublin. Called to the Irish Bar, and afterwards (1815) to the English Bar. He became keeper of Regalia in the Tower of London, and died on December 28, 1875, aged 99. He wrote a treatise on Sixteen Ancient Names of Ireland, and another on St. Patrick. He is said to have been "Swift, a barrister," who wrote The Five Letters, a comic opera, which, with music by T. Cooke, was performed in Dublin in 1806, but it was probably his father.