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The Common Room / White Swan Hotel, the Highway, Shadwell
« on: Thursday 19 May 05 04:22 BST (UK)  »
I have been researching the family of Robert Cooper (born London 1777) for 10 years now. But have come to a dead end - at the point prior to his transportation. Robert Cooper owned the White Swan Hotel, know locally as Paddy's Goose, in Shadwell, in the late 1700's into the early 1800's. The family also owned a distillery around the corner in Juniper Street, Stepney (Shadwell?).  The White Swan became in the late 1800's one of the most notorious pubs in London, I believe after the hotel left the Cooper family. Robert Cooper was convicted of receiving stolen goods and was transported to Sydney in 1813.
I am very interested in any information from folk who know of the White Swan or the distillery.  Robert Cooper had five children, left behind with their mother Mary Ann. On her death (?) the children followed their father. From court proceedings in the old Bailey, I suspect that the family ran a almshouse in the Stepney area as well, as he was very concerned about leaving his children and what appears to be another "extended family".  I would really welcome any information on possible siblings of Robert who remained behind ???.  Robert's parents were Robert and Eliza.

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