John [Gordon] Swift MacNeill
1849-1926 [John Swift MacNeill; var. Swifte]; Irish politician and jurist;
b. Dublin; ed. TCD and Christ Church, Oxon; bar, 1875; Prof. of Constitutional
and Criminal Law, Kings Inns, 1882-88; Home Rule MP South Donegal, 1887-1918;
Prof. Constitutional Law, National University of Ireland, 1909-26; real
veneration for Parliament; lent knowledge of the law to Parnells
obstructionist programme; campaigned against Ministers being simultaneously
directors of public companies, and against flogging of boys in the Navy;
left politics after the rise of Sinn Féin; The Irish Parliament:
What It Was and What It Did (1885 [sic]); How the Union was Carried
(1887); Titled Corruption (1894); Constitutional and Parliamentary
History of Ireland till the Union (1917); Studies in the Constitution
of The Irish Free State (1925); What I Have Seen and Heard
(1925), memoirs in a light vein; remained unmarried, d. 24 Aug., Dublin.
ODNB DIB DIH.
R. F. Foster, Paddy and Mr Punch (London: Allen Lane/Penguin 1993),
remarking that J. G. Swift MacNeill, a Home Ruler with a Conservative
background, emphasised [in 1865-66] how the policy of Home Rule could
be taken up by either party. (p.72)
Denis Johnston, The Mysterious
Origin of Dean Swift, in Dublin Hist. Record, III, 4 (June-Aug.
1941), pp.81-97, remarking facetiously that if J. G. Swifte [sic] ONeill
counts as a token of the inherited genius of the Swift line,
then the supposition that Jonathan Swift was really a member of that family
must seem weaker.
Belfast Central Public Library holds Constitutional and Parliamentary
History of Ireland till the Union (1917); How the Union was Carried (1887);
Irish Parliament (1886); Irish Unionist Whispers ... speech at Ir. Nat.
Fed. Dublin 1894 (1894); John Wesley and Ireland (n.d.); W. E. Gladstone
(1898); What I have Seen and Heard (1925); also A Blessed Life, Biographcial
Sketch of Rev. John Gordon Swift Mac Neill, by M. C. D. Mac Neill.