Jonathan Swift

Author of Gulliver’s Travels and prebend of Kilroot parish

As a young man in 1695, Jonathan Swift, the author of the classic book Gulliver’s Travels, was appointed prebend of the parish of Kilroot, Co Antrim. He served there for a year, where he is said to have written the Tale of a Tub.

Swift used the extensive library at Castle Dobbs regularly, possibly because he had few parishioners and considered it a refuge in the very isolated rural community. He also took part in the annual Mayor’s Feast at Carrickfergus.

Swift went on to become dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, where his reputation grew as a pamphleteer, satirist, political diarist and author.

Reproduced with kind permission of Carrickfergus Borough Council