Recollections of Colonel George Cotter, at Lake Erie Canada, of Fighting at the Battle of Waterloo, Joined 69th Regiment in 1804, Given Freedom of Cork 1818, Son of Rev. George Cotter, Castlemartyr, Grandson of Sir James Cotter Bart, Died Western Canada (Probably Dunnville, Ontario) 1867.

The Cork Cotters like the Coppingers  are of Hiberno-Danish/Norman descent and anyone with Cotter blood will find DNA matches in Denmark and Norway.

The West Cork Cotters descend from a number of families who moved or were expelled from EastCork to Inchigeela c 1650.  The church there is still used fro family burials.

Same of these Cotters converted to the church of Ireland before adn after the Penal Laws and were prominent in Land, The Church of Ireland. the Military, Law and Medicine.    .  Most but not all of the West Cork Cotters are Catholic.  Probably most of world wide Cotter descent from the West Cork branch, give heavy emigration.

Sharon Haggerty’s Comment:


I looked in the 1861 Canadian census for George and found George S Cotter, born Ireland, age 73, Church of England, occupation “Arms.” Immediately below him were 3 Cotter women, all born Ireland: Jane 58 married, and two single women, Isabella 60 (sister?) and Catherine 37 (daughter?). These people lived in Dunn twp, Haldimand county, Canada West. Note that “Canada West” became Ontario, so I suspect George died there, rather than “western Canada.” Dunn twp no longer exists, but the town of Dunnville is just a stone’s throw from Lake Erie. Ancestry has more than one public tree for this family.