Landed Estates
NUI Galway


A family, possibly of Danish origin, who were settled in county Cork from at least the 16th century. James Cotter of Anngrove, county Cork, was executed in 1720 for supporting the Stuart claim to the English throne. His son, James Cotter of Rockforest, was member of parliament for Askeaton and was created a baronet in 1768. In 1746 he married Arrabella Casaubon, a widow, daughter and co heir of Lord Chief Justice John Rogerson. They had four sons. In 1820 their grandson, Sir James Laurence Cotter, member of parliament for Mallow, married Helena T. Lombard, daughter and co heir of James Lombard of Lombardstown, county Cork. At the time of Griffith's Valuation the Cotter estate was located in the parishes of Clonmeen and Kilshannig, barony of Duhallow and Rahan, barony of Fermoy. Lands in the barony of Fermoy belonging to Sir James Cotter were advertised for sale in June 1850. In the 1870s Sir James L. Cotter of Sunny Hill, Mallow, owned 3,785 acres in county Cork while his uncle the Reverend George Cotter of Rockforest owned 916 acres. see

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Aldworth Aldworth Kilshannig Mallow Kilshannig 248 Duhallow Cork OSI Ref: W502 937
OS Sheet: 41
Discovery map: 80
Lombardstown House Lombardstown Kilshannig Mallow Kilshannig 248 Duhallow Cork OSI Ref: W470 965
OS Sheet: 32
Discovery map: 80
Sunny Hill Annabella Mallow Mallow Mallow Rural 250 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: W546 984
OS Sheet: 33
Discovery map: 80
Rockforest Rockforest East Rahan Mallow Rahan 255 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: W608 989
OS Sheet: 33
Discovery map: 80
Anngrove Anngrove Carrigtohill Middleton Carrigtohill 270 Barrymore Cork OSI Ref: W806 743
OS Sheet: 75
Discovery map: 81
Ashton Knockrea St Nicholas Cork Blackrock 95 Cork Cork OSI Ref: W690 712
OS Sheet: 74
Discovery map: 87
Stannard's Grove Carrigdownane Lower Carrigdownane Mitchelstown Derryvillane 290 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: R732 076
OS Sheet: 18
Discovery map: 73

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Cotter, 4 June 1850, Vol 1 (40), MRGS 39/001, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • A collection of transcripts of deeds, letters and other documents (some in Irish) relating to members of the Cotter family, from the 17th to 19th century, compiled by the Rev. George E. Cotter, c. 1878. MS 711 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of the Cotter family of county Cork (Leader Collection); Irish Genealogical Research Society Library
  • Cotter (Laurence) of Ballyvillon, Co. Cork. appellant versus James, Earl of Barrymore, respondent concerning the lands of Ballyvillon, Liminisky, Tineglassy, and Danecollig, Co. Cork. Appellants' case and respondent's case. 1732-3. House of Lords Appeals: Vol. 11 ; King's Inn Library
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey files, Parish of Mallow; Cork County Library

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources