The people all around Prosperous suffered at the hands of the tyrannical Captain Richard Swayne and the Cork militia who plundered and almost laid waste to the entire district. Swayne only spent two days in the village of Prosperous, but during that time he burned, hunted, flogged. Picketed and pitch-capped the locals. His actions certainly pushed the people of Prosperous to hasten the start of the 1798 rebellion.
What we know of Captain Richard Swayne. He was born in Youghal in County Cork into quite a distinguished military family, the second eldest son of John Swayne, Major of the Youghal Independent Rangers (a volunteer corps). His eldest brother Hugh was lieutenant-general in the army, who served in the West Indies. His brother James was a colonel in the H.E.I.C.S. Another of his brothers, Edward a lieutenant of the Youghal Irish Artillery died in battle against the French in the West Indies.