Parliamentarian Naval Captain.- Prideaux (Sir Edmund, attorney general, ran the postal servant for parliament, d. 1659), Rolle (John, MP, Turkey Merchant), Bence (Squier, seafarer, merchant and politician), Bence (Alex, ship owner, MP) & Sir Walter Earle. Payment of an account to Richard Swanley of £10 5s. 3d, manuscript, ½p., slightly chipped at head, folds, browned, folio, 1st April 1646.
⁂ Richard Swanley (1594/5-1650), naval officer. "Though an excellent seaman and an able commander Swanley had a violent temper and was not above profiteering on the side. In 1628 he quarrelled with the company factor over precedence and in 1631 struck his purser during a dispute. He was criticized for excessive private trading when in command in 1628-31. In June 1644 at the capture of Carmarthen he became the only known captain to carry out the parliamentary ordinance to throw any Irish prisoners into the sea. He was also one of a syndicate led by the earl of Warwick which financed the famous privateer the Constant Warwick. " - Oxford DNB.