West Cork History

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…

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