Born: 1761, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.
Christened: May 22, 1761, St. John’s Church, Deritend and Bordesley (a suburb of Birmingham).
Died: April 14 [McCutchan, Reynolds] or April 16 [Brown], 1796, Walworth, London, England.
Buried: Bunhill Fields, London, England.
Upon being apprenticed to an engraver, Swain moved to London.
After coming to Christ, he began expressing his poetic temperament by writing hymns. In 1783, he was baptized by John Rippon, and in 1791 became minister of a Baptist congregation in East Street, Walworth.