He was four times Mayor of Youghal, and played a somewhat prominent part in the troublous times in which his lot was cast. The following extracts from the Calendar of State Papers, Ireland, relate to this gentleman:-
|Elizabeth. Vol. XI|
|8. Thomas Copynger to Cecill. Offers to do any service the Queen may entrust to him in those parts. Commends the bearer, Mr.Foster.|
Vol. 64, p. 73.
A note how galliglasses have been seised as well within the county of Corcke as Lymricke, accustomably heretofore. To have commission to revoke all commissioners within Munster for martial law, which as I understand those men following hath, viz., Sir Thomas of Desmond, Harry Davells, the Lord Power, Philip McRoure of Glankerry, Edmond Power, the Viscount Dessey, and Thomas Copinger, of Youghall. To be allowed an examiner, with allowance for the same.
Lord Justice FitzWylliam and Council to the Queen, enclosing -
2. I. Jasper Portengall, Mayor and Brethren of Youghall, to the Lord Deputy. Send the bearer, Mr. Copynger, to show the misery of their state, and to seek aid. 1570/1 2. Mar. 22. Youghall.
2. II. Thomas Copynger to Lord Justice Sir William FytzWilliam. Had been sent with letters from Youghall to the Lord Deputy. Has heard that Sir W. FytzWilliam is sick and has returned to confer with the President. Cough, death, and decay of the inhabitants of Youghall. The rebels that besiege it are now in number 800. Reports of great preparations in France and Spain for the invasion.
Mar. 28, Ballekyncke. Mr. Grace's house.
Vol. 608, p.104
|Earl of Desmond.
A feoffment of this date is witnessed by Thomas Copinger.
40. Chancellor Gerrarde to Burghley. Will show favour to Ambrose Forthe. His proceedings as to an exemlification of the deposition of Coppinger. The practice meant to make passage to harm England. Dr.Heator's cause impeded.
45. I. Thomas Copynger, Boroughmaster, to the Mayor of Waterfort, &c. The traitors Eustace and John Desmond, with their forces, are come to Arlagh [Aharlow]. They intend to assault Youghall. Pray for aid of soldiers led by some good captain, &c. Nov. 15, Youghall.
96. Mr. Thomas Copynger to Walsyngham. As to a copper mine near Youghall, discovered by a Cornish miner. Prays for a few lines of commendation to the Lord Deputy, the Chancellor Sir H. Wallop, and Sir Valentine Broune, for favour in his cause.
|[Sep.20.]||Petition of Thomas Copynger to the Lord Treasurer Burghley for licence to transport corn to Youghal, and for a letter in his favour to the Lord Chancellor Loftus and Vice-Treasurer Wallop.|
He seems to have suffered some loss, probably during the times of 1579, when his brother the mayor was hung, and to recompense him for these losses Queen Elizabeth appears to have been desirous he should be recouped. Accordingly, in 1583, she writes to the Lord Archbishop and Sir Henry Wallop authorising them to make a lease to him in "consideration of his great losses of lands and other hereditaments," of the annual value of £14. 2s. 6d. It is written from the "Manor of Richmond, Feb. 11. 25." This authority was exercised as appears from the Fiants in the Public Record Office, Dublin, under date 1583. There are five, as follow:-
(3435) Grant (under queen's letter, 11 Feb. xxv.) to Thomas Coppinger of Youghull, Co. Cork; of the lands of Rathfernan, Ballyntegert, and Ballycrean, alias Ballycragh, co. Dublin, with common of pasture beyond the river Dodder, near Timologe, in same co., possession of James Ewstace, late viscount of Baltinglas, attainted. To hold for ever, in free socage. Rent, £8. 3s. 8d. - 12 July, xxv.
(3441) Grant (under Queen's letter, 11 Feb. xxv.) to Tho. Coppinger of Youghull, co. Cork; of the lands of Neweton by the river Dodder, co. Dublin. To hold for ever, in free socage. Rent 20s. - 12 July, xxv.
(3436) Grant (under Queen's letter, 11 Feb. xxv.) to Tho. Coppinger of Youghull, co. Cork; of a house and garden in the street of S. Francis in the co. of the city of Dublin, and in the parish of S. Nicholas in the church of S. Patrick, late in the tenure of Rich. Peppard and now of Patr. Malone, three gardens in the same street, late of the tenure of Dionysius Edwards and now of George Fian, another garden there late in the tenure of Richard Hann, now of George Fian, another garden there late in the tenure of Wm. Neale, now of Patr. Malone, another garden there late in the tenure of Tho. Nottleton, now of [Tho. Verdon] another garden there late in the tenure of Gerald Wale, now of Wm. Morane, a house in the street of S. Thomas the martyr in the parish of S. James in the suburbs of Dublin, late in the tenure of [Wm.] Roche, Arthur Kerdiffe, and Margaret his wife, and now of Wm. Kelly, jackmaker, a plot of land there in the tenure of Tho. Dermot, two gardens in the new street in the parish of S. Nicholas, late in the tenure of Melaughlen Leffa, now of James Malone and John Lennan, merchant, a house in Wyne-tavern street with two cellars, in the parish of S. John, and a garden in the parish of S. Olave upon the Wood Key, late in the tenure of John Fitz Simones, and now of Tho. Stephens, merchant, and Rich. Fian, alderman, a messuage or place of a garden in the Castel street, in the parish of S. Warburgh, late in the tenure of John Wilkins, of Dublin, merchant, and Katherine Aling, now of John Forster, a house in Rochenlane, in the parish of S. Audoin alias S. Owen, late in the tenure of John Candell, now of the executors of Walter Tirrell, in the city of Dublin, a void place in Grenock, co. Meath, late in the tenure of Rich. Nolan, a void toft or messuage in Drogheda, late in the tenure of Patr. Penteny, now of Mando, a meadow in the suburbs of the said city by Hogges green late in the tenure of Richard Burgh and John Candell, possessions of the hospital of S. John the Baptist without the Newgate of Dublin. To hold for ever, in free socage. Rent, 53s. 11d. - 10 Oct., xxv.
(3750) Grant (under Queen's letter, 11 Feb. xxv.) to Tho. Coppinger of Youghell, co. Cork; of two messuages and gardens, possessions of the Abbey of the B. V. M. by Dublin, of which one lies in the High street of Dublin near the high cross where Rob. Shillingeford lived, in the parishes of SS. Michael the archangel and Nicholas; this messuage lies in breadth between the tenement of Tho. Fian, late of Dublin, merchant, and the garden towards the east, and the tenement of S. Mary in the church of S. Michael in which the said Robert lived to the west, and contains in the front towards the north five standard yards, in length it lies between the tenement of the Abbey of the B. V. M., by Dublin, which said Robert held towards the south to the High street on the north and is in lenght 23 1/2 yards, the garden lies in breadth between the tenement of the Cathederal of the Holy Trinity on the east and the said messuage in which Rob. Shillingeforde lived on the west 7 1/8 yards and in length between the tenement of the nuns of the Hoggs on the south, and the said tenement of Tho. Fian on the north 13 yards, the other messuage lies in the street of S. Nicholas within the walls of the city, and is in length between the messuage of the church of S. Michael in which Robert Shillingeforde lately lived to the west, S. Nicholas street to the east, 20 yards, and in breadth between the messuage of the said abbey, in which Clemens Halman, merchant, lately lived in the south, and the messuage of the B. V. M. of the Hoggs on the north 11 1/8 yards; as fully as they had been in the hands of the Lady Janet Sarsfeild or any other; also the reversions and rents of any leases in being. Recites a lease to Andrew Brereton and two leases to the Earl of Ormond, dated 23 Feb. xiii. and 28 Aug. xvii. To hold forever, in free socage. Rent, 25s. 4d. In consideration of the great injury he sustained in the rebellion of the Earl of Desmond. - 2 Dec. xxvi.
(6369) Grant (under Queen's letter, 11 Feb. xxv.) to Thomas Coppinger of Youghell, co. Cork; of the lands of Lynewarren, land [this side of the ford] of the water of Ballimcwilliam, and land in Clougheloughame, King's co. To hold for ever, in free socage. Rent 36s. 3d. [ii Feb. xxvi]. - Auditor General's Patent Book 15., p. 53.
Thomas Coppinger is also mentioned in the description of the parcels of a grant to George Isham in 1579, thus - "another tenement in the town (Youghal) adjoining the house of Thomas Coppynger, on the north of the town."
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