1655, Will of James Sarsfield Cork naming Edmund and James Cotter Overseers.  Cotter, Galwey, Meade, Sarsfield Magistrates.

Courtesy Irish Ancestor c 1968.

The Galweys, Goulds, Meades, Sarsfields, Cotters were the old Catholic Mercantile class in Cork.  After the Battle of the Boyne 1690 and the Siege of Cork all Catholics were expelled from Cork City.  Of the families mentioned some branches conformed to the Church of Ireland to avoid the effects of the Penal Laws.  Even when the families confirmed they were regarded with suspicion at least initially by the Cork post Cromwellian English settlers as being Crypto-Catholics  there is in fact significant evidence to suggest this was true in marriage patterns and in funding anti Penal Law movements.

It is thought that around 1650 some members of the Cotter family in East Cork migrated to Inchigeela from whom the West Cork Cotter descend.

Cotter Magistrates:

Barry Cotter, Superceded 1810-30

Sir James Cotter, Bart., 1764 , 1787 welcomed Prince William to Cork with `the Earl of Shannon, Lord Kinsale, Sir James Fitzgerald, Sir Nicholas Colthurst, Bart., assuming he is the first Baronet of Rockforest, his great great grandson was father-in-law of Major General Edward Langford Dillon JP (1836-.  Cotters of Danish origin.

Sir James Laurence Cotter, Bart, Pre 1750.  Member Hanover Association meeting Cork 1791 re Whiteboys.   Supported application 1808 of James B O’Sullivan, Linen and Paper Manufacturer, Dripsey to be Appointed Justice of the Peace.   1826 member Grand Jury Possibly Cork County  Assizes. Member 1832 Cork Friendly Club.

Sir James Laurence Cotter (1828-, Bart, Sunny Hill, Mallow, Listed 1875-6, D.L.Tower Hamlets, son of Sir James 3rd Bart, and Helena 3rd d d James Lombard, Lombardstown.later 27th Foot.  M 1. 1841 Julia Emily d Frederick Albert Londsworth, Hants, she d 1867, 2. Jane Rergetta d N.K. Maughan, Middlesex, subscriber 1861 to Smith’s History of Cork. 1870, 3,785 acres.


Sir James Cotter, 1771, Rockforest

Rev. John Rogerson Cotter, Templetrine.  Pre 1830.  Listed 1835,  possibly the John Cotter, Moderate Tory, 1827 attended dinner given by Jeremiah Murphy, Hyde Park, Cork with Catholic Bishop of Cork, Dr. Murphy, Jonas Travers, Perriers, Gibsons, Alexander O’Driscoll, JP,

Sir Ludlow Cotter (1863-r, Mallow, Listed 1875-6

Galwey Magistrates:

Charles Gallway, voted 1850 for Denis Galwey as High Constable for Ibane and Ballyroe (Clonakilty)

Christopher Galwey, Killarney, listed 1838.  Attended Great Meeting in Bantry 1840 re Poor Laws. listed 1843 agent to Kenmare estate part in Cork. Long standing family associations with Bantry.

Dennis Gallwey, Greenfield, Clonakilty, subscriber Dr. Daniel Donovan ‘History of Carbery, 1876. May be Denis McCarthy Gallivey, Greenfield, Clonakilty,  executor of will of Rickard Donovan, Clerk of Crown d 1883, leaving £10,164.

Edward Gallwey, Skibbereen, b. 1777, son of James  Gallwey of Skibbereen, b. 1750, merchant, had a lease for lives 1791, m. Mary and died ante 1809, convicted of smuggling at Cork Assizes 1821, and transported to Australia for seven years As a result of oppressive English legislation against Irish trade (including brewing) ‘high and low, Catholic and Protestant, were enlisted in a conspiracy to defeat Revenue officers’: Froude, Ire p. 500; O’Brien, Econ Hist Ire, pp. 18, 210. But for the influence of Lord Longueville, Governor of Co Cork, Michael Gallwey, the brewer, would have been convicted of smuggling. [In 2004 my colleague Prof Frank Hodnett of University of Limerick (from Clonakilty) talked to one of the O’Donoghues in Clonakilty about the Gallweys. His comment was “Smugglers, all of them” -TJG]). Appears to have been appointed Justice of the Peace in Sydney Jun 1827, May 1834 shipping agent in Sydney, Sydney Herald May 1841 notice of him as receiver of payments from the debtors of C Roberts, in Sydney Morning Herald, 31 July 1844, the death in Sydney on 29 of Edward Gallwey, aged 74 so b. C.1770?), formerly of Old Court, Barony of West Carbery, IRL. [Blackall says] d. 27 Aug 1844 at Sydney,

Captain James Edward Galwey was born in 1781.1 He was the son of Edward Galwey and Jane Westropp.1 He married Marcella McEvoy, daughter of Christopher McEvoy.1 He died in January 1827.1  He gained the rank of Captain in the service of the 64th Regiment.1 He lived circa 1807 at Nadrid, County Cork, Ireland.1 He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.).1

John Galwey of Lota `bred to the law and very eminent in his profession’ was admitted to Gray’s Inn 16 May 1668 and subsequently called to the Bar in Ireland.166  He was M.P. for Cork City in the Parliament of 1689 and a J.P. for the county and city, and was appointed a Commissioner for applotting tax for Co. Cork under King James II’s commission 10 April 1690.  For his adherence to the Jacobite cause he was outlawed in 1690 and his estates forfeited.  I have already related how his outlawry came to be reversed (17 June 1693), how he received a Royal Pardon (1 Aug. 1695), and how he got in and out of trouble with the Irish House of Commons in 1707 for taking young James Cotter to England.  He brought three claims before the Chichester House Commissioners in 1700, of which two were successful.167  His will, dated 7 Feb. 1711, was proved 17 Feb. 1712/13.  He was bur. in the family vault at Rathcoonev 168  He m. 1674 (‘ marriage Articles of the Lord John Galwey ‘ were dated 14 Jan. 1674) Elizabeth, dau. of Col. William Meade of Ballintubber, Co. Cork, by Elizabeth, his wife, dau. of Sir Robert Travers. Elizabeth Meade was sister of Sir John Meade, 1st Bt. (grandfather of the 1st Earl of Clanwilliam).169  By her, John Galwey had with other issue,

Major John Galwey/Gallwey, listed 1835, Ballincollig, Sub-Inspector of Police,

Michael J. Galwey/Gallwey Esq., Jnr., Esq., Ballina House, Clonakilty, sitting Rosscarbery, 1835, listed 1838, 1843 at Kikeleron House, voted 1850 for Denis Galwey as High Constable for Ibane and Ballyroe (Clonakilty). Subscriber Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland  1837.

Michael Galway, RM, Kilkieran House?, 1861. 1840 petition on Catholic Equality.  Supporting Alexander O’Driscoll, JP suspended, Bandon 1841. Skibbereen 1847. Skibbereen 1847 distress meeting. Presentment sessions Ballydehob 1845 address Gortnascreena. Subscriber memorial John O’Hea JP, Clonakilty 1847. Gallwey, Margaret, Miss, ‘not 15 years of age’, dau Michael, Esq., JP, Skibbereen, at Gurtnascreena, Skibbereen – (CE 3/9/1845)  Attending Railway meeting Drimoleague 1856.  Michael, b. 15 Jan 1803, RM West Cork (appears appointed 24 May 1848), ran a stage coach service Skibbereen to Cork, later at Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick, JP Co Cork. He was said to have “some of the fine old characteristics of the real Irish gentleman, with a sympathetic knowledge of the condition of the country and 97 its people. He was a fine Gaelic scholar and speaker …” (Cork Examiner). He m. 25 Feb 1827 Ellen (d. 27 Jul 1863), dau of Daniel McCarthy of Gurtnascreeny, Co Cork. He d. 14 May 1866 (bur Templeglantine An inscription on his tomb reads ‘Ellen, who also reposes here, was the last of the McCarthy Reaghs’)

In Jan 1880 he became  Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths for Stanthorpe district, 188 Commissioner for Affidavits CPS Stanthorpe, May 1883 acting land agent for  Goondiwindi, July 1884 CPS at Dalby, Aug 1884 Registrar and Bailiff of Southern
140  District Court, Aug 1889 CPS at Ipswich [vice F W Gallwey; who was he?, h  appeared again in Michael Gallwey, (1840-1920), Brownstown, Clonakilty, 1902 magistrate in North Brisbane, resigned  in Jan 1904 – TJG]. May 1890 he was made Police Magistrate at Normanton (N QLD) and reported to be aged 50 (hence b. 1840), June 1890 Justice of the Peace in registrar’s district of Burke, April 1901 Licensing Justice for Brisbane. He is listed in 1902 Brisbane Courier as attending funeral of John the Sheriff, as his cousin.  Daniel resided in 1903 d. 10 Jun 1920. r Daniel Gallwey II viz: enlisted in the Royal Irish Constabulary on 21 Dec 1857 (Service No. 22714, labourer, height 5ft 9.5 in, age 19, Catholic, native county Cork West, recommended by Sub Inspector Feely, Clonakilty), Constable, stationed at Waterford 14 Apr 1858, resigned 17 Sep 1861 “to better his position”, readmitted 4 Oct 1861 without loss of service, resigned 26 ? 1862 to emigrate to Queensland. Parents Daniel Gallwey and Anne Coghlan. Daniel m. Nov 1863 Anne Flood (b. 2 Aug 1838 Loughmore

Thomas Hinton Gallwey, 1864, Glenburne, Glanmire, Resident, £90, listed 1875-6.   Seeking equality of endowment in Catholic education 1859.  1870, listed 282 acres. Member election committee McCarthy Downing, Skibbereen, 1868.

William Galwey (1673-, 1733, Lota, Liberties of Cork, Son of John, MP in King James’s Parliament,  Barrister, and  Elizabeth d Colonel William Meade, Ballintubber, Barrister, Conformed to Church of Ireland 1720, Justice of the Peace 1733. Freeman of Cork. m 1711 Mary d Colonel John Butler, Westcourt, Kilkenny.  Trustee in marriage settlement of Denis McCarthy of Cloghroe and Mary daughter of Sir. R. Meade Bart, 1728.

William Galway, 1775, Mallow

William Galwey, Superseded 1810-30

Meade Magistrates:

David Meade, 1766, Kinsale

Rev. Dominick Meade, Archdeacon of Cloyne, 1711

Rev. John Meade, Pre 1831.  Possible member as John, Hanover Association meeting Cork 1791 re Whiteboys.

Captain John Meade, 1895, Ballymartle, Ballinhassig, listed 1913.

Sir Richard Mead, Bart, 1720, witness to Kinsale deed 128 with William Bowler Sovereign.

Rev. Richard Meade, 1787, Ballymartle, Ballinhassig. Member Hanover Association meeting Cork 1791 re Whiteboys.  The Ballymyrtle Meades originate from 1682 marriage of Robert Meade, 3rd son of Lt. Colonel William Meade to Francis Courthorpe, d Sir Peter, Courtstown and Little Island.  John Meade, M.P. for Cork, 1585, Recorder of Cork, and Queen’s Attorney for Munster,  the ancestor of the Earls of Clanwilliam and of the Meades of Ballintober, d. in 1626.  His will dated 21 Dec, 1626, proved in the Cork Diocesan Court on 21 Feb., 1626-7,

Captain Richard John Meade (1866-, 1895, Ballymartle, Ballinhassig, 1901 census farmer, aged 35, listed 1921

James Meade, 1761

Rev. Robert Meade, Pre 1830, Provost of Bandon.  Member Hanover Association meeting Cork 1791 re Whiteboys.   Voted in 1812 Cork election for Colonel Longfield. Bandon Brunswick Constitutional Club 1828.

Rev. William Mead, 1729

William Richard Meade, Ballymartle, Ballinhassig/Kinsale, listed 1854,  Cork Quarter Sessions 1856.  Listed 1875-6. 1870 return, 1,188 acres.

Sarsfield Magistrates:

Dominick Sarsfield, 1686, the Sarsfields, Terrys, Galweys, Goulds, Meades, Ronaynes, a grouping of Old English Catholic Mercantile families, expelled from Cork in Cromwellian times, some later conformed to the Church of Ireland.

Dominick Sarsfield, 1764

Dominic(k) Sarsfield, 1791, Superseded 1810-30.  Subscriber 1821 Dr Thomas Wood’s ‘Primitive Inhabitants of Ireland. May be father of Dominick Sarsfield TCD, 1814 aged 17.  Member 1832 Cork Friendly Club

Dominic P. Sarsfield, 1908, Coolmoreen, Innishannon,  listed 1913, listed at Fairy Hill, Mallow, 1921.

Dominick Ronayne Patrick Sarsfield, 1860, Doughcloyne, Cork, Resident, £502. Land record, 1870, 1,518 acres.  Possibly TCD, 1820, aged 17 son of Dominic Sarsfield, ed Mr. Lee.  May be lawyer, sons James, Philip, Thomas,  Dominic Theobald, TCD, 1840.  SAMUEL HENRY PONSONBY HARMAN, R. Carrigaline, vice Scott. S. H. P. Harman, b. at Fermoy, 29th May, 1869, eldest son married Angelina StopfolId, second dau. of the late Capt. Dominick Patrick Ronayne Sarsfield, M.A., J.P., D.L., of Doughcloyne, Co. Cork, and has issue, Samuel Thomas Sarsfield; Angela Mary Elizabeth.

Simon Sarsfield, 1776, Johnstown

Thomas Ronayne Sarsfield Esq., pre 1828, Blarney, Cork Summer Assizes 1828. Member 1832 Cork Friendly Club.  Sitting Blarney 1835, listed 1838.  Ex-Officio Poor Law Guardian 1839. Supporting Alexander O’Driscoll, JP suspended, Bandon 1841. Member Provisional Committee projected Bandon to Bantry Railway 1845.   Report on 1850 dinner for Sir Robert Kane, President Queens College, late Sheriff of the City of Cork, Police Court, Cork, 1857.  Provisional Committee Cork/Killarney Railway 1845.

Captain Thomas R. Sarsfield, 1888, Doughloyne, Togher, Cork, premises later African Missions,  listed 1913, listed 1921.

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