Dorothea Townsend (112)

Date of Birth: Unknown
Date of Death: post 1688. Ante 1693
Generation: 2nd
Residence: Rincolisky, Co Cork
Father: Colonel Richard Townsend [100]
Mother: Hyde, Hildegardis
  1. Coppinger, Dominic
  1. James
  2. Mary
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Notes for Dorothea Townsend

Dominic Coppinger (1) of Rincolisky (later Whitehall), Co Cork and grandson of Sir Walter Coppinger Kt of Cloghan, Coppinger Court,(2) Rosscarbery and Glandore. See ‘A Guide to Irish Houses’ by M. Bence-Jones, London, 1988 – "ROSSCARBERY cor Coppinger's Court. Coppinger 1640+. Built by Sir Walter Coppinger. Now a ruin."

Dominic's will is dated 5 May 1688 and was proved 6 October 1693 (3). the first 'Item' in his will reads "I will, ordaine, and appoint that my father, Walter Copinger, may and shall be gardian and sole overseer of my sonne and heire, James Copinger, for and dureing his minority". The only mention of Dorothea in the will is contained in the 'Item' which reads "I leave and bequeat unto the Doctor my gray mare at Aleyane, besides the consideration he is to have which I desire and apoint my wife to pay him." However William Copinger of The Priory, Manchester wrote a letter (4) dated 26 September 1890 to Dorothea Townshend [5D15], in which he stated "I think that Dorothea died in Dominic's lifetime, as he left his property to his relatives without naming his wife in his will".

In an appendage to his will Dominic asked that his father recover "demands due unto me from Francis Townesend". It is not clear what these debts consisted of but they are associated with a petition submitted to the Chichester House Commissioners by Edward Dodsworth in 1700. It all becomes rather confusing!

Dorothea's son, James Copinger, forfeited the lands that he had inherited at Rincolisky (Whitehall)(5) in 1690 because he was a Roman Catholic and supported James II. He fled to France and nothing is known about after 1700. The Rincolisky estate was later acquired by Samuel Townsend [400].

(1) The Coppingers were an old, well established Roman Catholic family but Dorothea's father was on such good terms with them that he was happy his daughter marry into the family. The entry for Coppnger in the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway Connacht and Munster Landed Estates Database records "The Coppinger family had held significant estates in West Carbery until after the Williamite wars when Walter Coppinger was attainted for high treason and deprived of much of his property. His son James was also deprived of property but Kingston asserts that he may have been able to lease some of this back at a later date. The family were never to have the same influence again in the area though they did continue as owners of smaller properties. Several members of the family are recorded as tenants in perpetuity of estates between 300 and 500 acres in the 1870s."

(2) The entry for Coppnger's Court in the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway Connacht and Munster Landed Estates Database records "Built by Sir Walter Coppinger in the early seventeenth century and partially destroyed in the 1641 Rebellion. Described by Bence-Jones as an impressive semi-fortified house. By the mid nineteenth century it had fallen into ruin and is not mentioned in Griffith's Valuation, when the lessor of the surrounding land was Lady Carbery's estate."

(3)'An Officer of the Long Parliament' p. 214 and 'Pooles of Mayfield' p. 237 refer. Administration of the will was granted to Bryan Townsend [200] who was a principal creditor.

(4) RBT Papers.

(5) These included St Kames Island. It is generally thought that the Skeam Islands in Roaring Water Bay got their name from St Ceim, supposedly a brother of Ciaran of Cape Clear, though no such person appears in the ‘Calendar of Irish Saints’. The islands were assessed in 1614 as ¾ of a ploughland and were granted to Sir Walter Coppinger. In the ‘Book of Survey and Distribution’ of 1641 they are shown as East and West Eniscame but are shown as Iniskeam in the Coppinger Inquisition of 1694 when they were forfeited by James Coppinger, the son of Dorothea Townsend [112] and Dominic Coppinger, and later acquired by Samuel Townsend [400].