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Families of Carrigtwohill

Cotter of Anngrove

General Background History

It is believed, according to Gibson’s ‘History of Cork’, the anglicised Cotter family name has its origins as Scandinavian “Kotter” of northern Europe. Upon their arrival in Cork the family of William Cotter, son of Edmond, settled at Coppingerstown castle, had forfeited his estates as a consequence Irish War of 1641.

A descendant, another Edmond, held conciderable property situated in and around Carrigtwohill, with his principle residence being Anngrove, formally known as Ballinsperig, with further property interests in Queenstown “the Cove of Cork”. Edmond was twice married. Firstly, to Elizabeth, daughter of John Connell of Barryscourt, and by her had three sons and three daughters. He then married Ellen Sarsfield, daughter of Lord Kilmallock, and by her had another three sons and three daughters.

Edmond died in 1660, and is memorialised by an Italian plaque of marble which once was surmounted upon the ancient family vault within the former Abbey grounds of Carrigtwohill, which now lies beneath driveway between today’s St David’s church and former Abbey ruins. On the still standing tower of these ruins is where the plaque now resides, reads;

"This monument was erected by Sir James Cotter for himself and his family Anno Domini 1688.

Edmond Cotter of Ballinsperig died A. D. 1660"

Index of Cotter Families

Estate Individual Comments
Anngrove, Ballinsperig Sir James Cotter Sir James was hanged for rape of a Quaker gir for which he was convicted and hanged, 1720.
Rockforest Sir James Laurence Cotter 1st Baronet, created 11th August 1763.

St David's Burial Register

The folllowing is a list of those known to have been buried in Carrigtwohill, and presumably in family vault, as recorded within St David's burial register once held at the 'Public Records Office', as transcribed by Ffollott, which are now most likely at the National Archives, Dublin.

Date Name Additional Comments
8 Aug 1811 Cecelia Cotter  
28 Jan 1818 Anne Charlotte
12 Feb 1829 Sir J Laurence Cotter Bart.  
8 April 1831 Rev George Sackville Cotter
15 Feb 1832 Mrs Cotter Relic of Rev. George S
5 March 1833 Miss Eliza Cotter  
21 April 1832 Isabella Cotter Relic of Sir James Bart.
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