Jonathan Swift
(1667-1745)

Died aged c. 78

Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. Swift is remembered for works such as Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, Drapier's Letters, The Battle of the Books, An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity and A Tale of a Tub. He is regarded by the Encyclopædia Britannica as the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. He originally published all of his works under pseudonyms – such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, Drapier's Letters as MB Drapier – or anonymously. He is also known for being a master of two styles of satire, the Horatian and Juvenalian styles. His deadpan, ironic writing style, particularly in A Modest Proposal, has led to such satire being subsequently termed "Swiftian".

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Commemorated on 3 plaques

Albert Bridge on Geograph
Elliott Brown on Flickr

Jonathan Swift author of Gulliver's Travels Prebendary here 1695-97

Old Church, Ballynure, United Kingdom where they Prebendary

In No 7 Hoey's Court (now demolished) about 100 feet NW of this spot it is reputed that Jonathan Swift, Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, was born on the 30th day of Novr. 1667 He died on the 19th day of Octr. 1745

near Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland where they was reputedly born at No 7 Hoey's Court (now demolished) about 100 feet north west of this spot

Gulliver's Travels Johnathon Swift's preface to readers in the first edition of his famous Gulliver's Travels 1726. Remarks "I have observed in the church yard at Banbury several tombs and monuments of the Gulliver's". The original tombstones no longer exist. A later one bearing this old Banbury name lies near to this plaque.

Church yard of the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Horse Fair, Banbury, United Kingdom where they observed in the church yard at Banbury several tombs and monuments of the Gulliver's (1726)