Maryland Loyalism Project

The Memorial of Major Swiney

Major Swiney had quickly grown his fortune in Maryland, but saw it largely wiped out by treble taxes before he was able to flee to Ireland, where he landed in 1780. Part of that fortune came from enslaving people. Swiney speaks in his memorial to the difficulties for Loyalists to get to London or Halifax to testify to their losses. 

Some themes his Loyalist Claim Commission memorial suggest include commerce and persecution

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