‘The Travels of three English Gentlemen, from Venice to Hamburgh … in 1734’ was printed in The Harleian Miscellany from a now lost manuscript. The anonymous author, FRS and an Oxford man, is here identified for the first time as John Swinton (1703–1777), keeper of the University archives from 1767. A portrait and his signature are reproduced. Attention is drawn to his other travels not hitherto recorded, and the significance of this 1734 journal is assessed. Its special value is in the practical aspects of travel—languages used (including Latin), roads, horses, inns, costs and even carriage maintenance.