In 1837 a Parliamentary Commission took evidence on the operation of Manor Courts. It heard evidence from John Jagoe. He was one of the main witnesses. He was from Bantry a Fish Merchant, had sat on a Fisheries Commission had engaged in correspondence with Dublin Castle on fisheries and non-denominatinal education. His mother was Young of the Bantry Fishing family who propably held the property, a former mill, now the Maritime Hotel on lease from the Bantry Estate. His father originated in Kilcolman, Dunmanway. At one stage he was reputed to have been a shopkeeper on the Bandon Road/Barrack St., Cork. His only son John became a Barrister. He was admitted to Grey’s Inns London in 1835 aged 34.
His wife was O’Connor may be related to Dr. Bryan O’Connor of Bantry sent to Botany Bay in Australia with Alexander McCarthy Barrister for being United Irishman. He had three brother officers in the British Army.
He wrote a book on Irish Fishery law, 1843:
In his evidence he said that there were Manor Courts in Bantry and Leamcon (Schull). They were generally held in public houses wiht a jury drawn from a low class. The Seneshal was drawn from a drunken class and paid £50-£80 per annum. His evidence suggested that the jury demanded cash or whiskey from the successful party. This was referred to as a ‘cob’. The jury did not retire but openly debated the verdict and onlookers could hear and influence. The more respectable class of person avoided the Manor Courts preferring the Session Courts which sat in Bantry once a year.
John Jagoe was also a Fisheries Commissioner and took evidence sitting in Donegal.
He was the father of John Jagoe barrister his only son. Jago was in court appearing for an evicted O’Donovan family of long standing c 1846 who had expected their lease to be renewed by the Kenmare Estate.
He may also have been the mother of Esther Jagoe. She was the mother (Father Desmond Bantry Attorney) of Ann Marie Desmond (Mother Benigna) who set up education for women in Townsville Australia:
For Mr. Coveney 4th June 1898 Freeman’s Journal, Sydney.
For Mrs. Spillane, Freeman’s Journal, Sydney, Australia 25th March 1899 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/page/12405167?zoomLevel=1&searchTerm=Bantry&searchLimits=exactPhrase|||anyWords
Davy Crocket’s ancestor James Crockett born c 1674 (may be later) was the child of one of the 13 Huguenots who worked with James Fontaine in a short lived fishing enterprise around the late 17th century to the early 1700s. He was Louise de Sax Crocketagne (Anglicised to Crockett) mother Antoine. The fishery was in the Castletown/Dursey area.
Interestingly Fontaine (James Fountain 1702) and his son James Fountaine Junior (1710) were appointed Justices of the Peace for Co. Cork suggesting that they were well connected.
From Bishop Dive Downes Tour 1700:
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Ancestor of Davy Crockett, Battle of the Alamo, http://www.writework.com/essay/biography-davy-crockett-and-battle-alamo
A Huguenot settlement was established here about the year 1700. The organiser of the project was Jacques de la Fontaine, the son of a French Protestant minister. This adventurer came to England and carried on some small business for a time. He then became a Protestant clergyman, and in the year 1694 came to Cork, where he ministered to a small Huguenot congregation. He heard of the fisheries at Berehaven, which he thought offered a wider field for the exercise of his energies. He repaired hither, rented some land and houses, brought over his colonists, and formed a fishing company. He was soon appointed Justice of the Peace, and in this capacity became most obnoxious to the natives.
He made himself a busy tool of the Government, and interfered in matters which scarcely concerned him. Smuggling was carried on largely at the time, and he thought he would put a stop to it. The task was beyond his powers and brought him to grief. He was fully aware of the enmity of the natives and of those engaged in the smuggling trade, and he made preparations to protect himself in case he should be attacked. Having some knowledge of erecting forts, he raised earthworks around his residence, which got the name of the ” Sodfort.” His foresight was soon justified, for in June, 1704, a French privateer entered Bantry Bay and proceeded to storm the Sod Fort. Fontaine stood well to his guns, and after an engagement that lasted from eight in the morning until four in the afternoon, the privateer withdrew with the loss of three killed and seven wounded. The Government granted him a pension of five shillings a day for his skill and bravery in the action, and he was supplied with five guns which he was authorised to mount on the battery.
Grave of Potter, Editor and owner of Skibbereen Eagle author of “keeping an Eye on the Tsar of Russia’
From University of Villa Nova, Joe McGarrity collection (from Carrickmore, Co.Tyrone associated with IRB in USA and later promoter of the Irish Sweeps associate of Dr. Patrick McCartan 1878-1963 who ran for Presidency of Ireland 1945.
From University College Cork’s electronic texts
Donemark is a short distance from Bantry.
Looking up the Church of Ireland records for Bantry I came across Thomas Young Cotter, born in Bantry in 1805. His father Richard may have been born on Cloyne, Co. Cork and he married Ellen Young in London. It is possible that she was of the Bantry Young family who were prominent merchants and engaged in the fishing business. The Youngs are probably in Bantry since at least 1600. Richard was a purser with the Royal Navy in the West Indies and was late joined there by Thomas.
Thomas’s medical history is documented in a biography
He had a literary turn editing the South Australian Magazine and The South Australian Almanac. His father had earlier published ‘Sketches of Bermuda’
From Bryan Richards
According to the Muster List of HMS Cerberus, Richard Cotter was born Abt. 1776 Cloyne County Cork. I now discovered Richard and Ellen Young married twice, once in Bantry and again at what is now known as the Queen’s Chapel Savoy London. Another son Pownal Pellew Cotter was Master of HMS Terror on the 1841 expedition and Cape Cotter in Antarctica was named after him. My wife is descended from his another son James MacNamara Cotter. Ellen is most likely the daughter of Thomas Young a Fish Curer of Main Street Bantry. Ellen died in Bantry 1870, one of her daughters was named Jane Lucy Cotter and when widowed she rented from a John Lucy. Latest theory is her mother was Jane Young nee Lucy.