Col. Chidley Coote

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Chidley Coote

Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: Kilcester, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Death: November 19, 1668 (56-64)
Limerick, County Limerick, Munster, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Charles Coote, 1st Baronet Coote of Castle Cuffe and Dorothea Coote
Husband of Alice Anne Coote
Father of Lt. Col. Chidley Coote; Sir Philips Coote, Kt. and Dorothy Coote
Brother of Charles Coote, 1st Earl of Mountrath; Col. Thomas Coote; Sir Richard Coote, 1st Baron Coote of Coloony and Letitia Nichola Hamilton

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About Col. Chidley Coote

Chidley originally lived at Killester, Co. Dublin, Ireland. He was Sergant-Major to Lord Esmond and was very instrumental in defending the Protestants in Kings County. He also was involved in defeating the Irish on their attempt on Birr Castle until its surrender to General Preston on 20 January 1642. After the death of King Charles 1, he commanded a regiment of Horse under Oliver Cromwell and was sent to capture Dundalk which he did the next morning after it was abandonded my the Marquis of Ormond's forces. For his services he had lands assigned to him after the Restoration in Kerry. On 9 February 1660 he was made a Colonel and a Privy Councellor on 13 December 1660. He represented the Queen's County and Galway in Parliament.

In 1666 Chidley Coote was granted almost 3000 acres in Limerick and Kerry. Near Ash Hill, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick is the site of Castle Coote famous as being the birth place of Lt. Gen. Sir Eyre Coote, Conqueror of India. This castle was demolished in the latter half of the 18th century. The present house was build by a later Chidley Coote in 1781. During the' Troubled Times', the house was occupied by three sets of troops who looted and vandalised the property, using ancient family portraits for target practise. As these 'Troubled Times' were ending, Michael Collins, the Irish Leader at the times visited the house on his way south to what would be his violent and untimely demise at the hand of his enemies. There was considerable amount of graffiti left on the walls of the top floor rooms that were occupied by both troops and prisoners.

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Col. Chidley Coote's Timeline

Kilcester, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Age 36
Kilmallock, County Limerick, Munster, Ireland
March 10, 1658
Age 50
November 19, 1668
Age 60
Limerick, County Limerick, Munster, Ireland