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Harry James Swift b 1877

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Anne Report 5 May 2013 11:08

I hope someone will be able to help me. I am trying to find out which University my Grandfather Harry James Swift went to. He was born in Walsall in 1877 and he was a Science Professor. I have been told that he worked at the Quintin School in Londion. If someone could point me in he right direction I would be very grateful

Anne Coletta


patchem Report 5 May 2013 12:31

The use of the term professor did not always mean that he was at a university. It also denoted a teacher.
Have you any other information from his children?

This school?



patchem Report 5 May 2013 12:44

Just checking, is this him?
1911 England Census
Harry James Swift
Age in 1911: 33 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1878
Relation to Head: Son
Gender: Male Birth Place: Walsall, Staffordshire, England
Civil parish: Ealing County/Island: Middlesex
Country: England Street Address: 60 Drayton Gardens, West Ealing
Marital Status: Single Occupation: Science Master
Registration district: Brentford
Registration District Number: 128 Sub-registration district: Brentford
ED, institution, or vessel: 14 Household schedule number: 262 Piece: 6881
Robert William Swift 54
Emily Swift 51
Harry James Swift 33
Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 6881; Schedule Number: 262.

Are you trying to find if he attended university before he started teaching, or looking to find where he taught?


patchem Report 5 May 2013 12:47

Living at home, but a student
1901 England Census
Harry J Swift Age: 23 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1878
Relation: Son
Father's Name: Robert W Swift Mother's Name: Emily Swift
Gender: Male Where born: Walsall, Staffordshire, England
Civil parish: St Mary Stratford Bow Ecclesiastical parish: St Mary
County/Island: London Country: England
Registration district: Poplar Sub-registration district: Bow
ED, institution, or vessel: 3 Household schedule number: 222 Piece: 339 Folio: 75 Page Number: 28
Robert W Swift 44
Emily Swift 42
Harry J Swift 23
Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 339; Folio: 75; Page: 28.

Is this his death after marriage and 2 children?
Harry J Swift
Birth Date: abt 1877
Date of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec 1920
Age at Death: 43
Registration district: Brentford
Inferred County: Middlesex
Volume: 3a
Page: 170


patchem Report 5 May 2013 12:49


Anne Report 5 May 2013 14:19

Thanks for your message. All the information above is correct. in 1911 he was living at 60 Drayton Gardens with his parents Robert and Emily. I have in my possession the stole that students wore over the gown when graduating. It is ivory coloured and was worn under the chin with the ends over the shoulders. Does this help



Alemap Report 5 May 2013 15:18

According to his teachers registration card
Name:Harry James Swift
Dated June 1st 1915. Registration number 8080
Postal address: St Marylebone Grammar School, 248 Marylebone Rd., N.W.

Attainments: Associate of the Royal College of Science

Training in Teaching: Science Master
Wolverley Grammar School, Kiddiminster 1902 - 1904
St Marylebone Grammar School N.W. 1904 -


Royal College of Science is now Imperial College, London.


patchem Report 5 May 2013 15:18

If you use the links that I have posted, then you should get it touch with Regent Street Polytechnic to see if they can advise.
They may hold lists of students. He was a student in 1901, so of around that date for graduation.
If he taught at Quintin but was a student elsewhere, they may still have information.

Another google search gave:
for archive email

This looks to be the current gown for a University of Westminster science student, but Quintin could easily have been completely different:

Just read post, will look up Imperial now.

Trying to get a link to work;
Just put this in as a search and then open the pdf, gives the outfits

CommemDayGowns - Workspace - Imperial College London

For archives?


Anne Report 14 May 2013 17:09

Have emailed Regent Street Poly and await their reply Thanks so much for all your help



patchem Report 14 May 2013 20:46

Have you also tried Imperial, as that was where he was an 'associate'?


Anne Report 14 May 2013 21:06

Have also emailed Imperial, thanks again