Reference code: IE LA P21
Extent: 1 Box
Scope & Content
Elizabeth Coote’s Private Expenditure Books (1776-1785), Chidley Coote Personal Expenses (1797-1837), Farm Account Book (1832-1857), Anne Coote’s Personal Expenditure (1803 – 1833), Household Expenditure Books (1820-1843), Posthumous Account Book relating to Chidley Coote’s estate (1843-1844)
Coote Family of Mount Coote, county Limerick, Household Accounts, Kilmallock, county Limerick
Biographical / Historical Note
The Coote family of Mount Coote were descended from Colonel Chidley Coote (c.1608-1668) whose second son came to Ireland in the 1650’s and settled near Kilmallock Co. Limerick. Charles Coote married Elizabeth (daughter of Philip) Oliver of Altamira in the early 1700’s. Charles succeeded to the estate after his father’s death in 1764, and his wife Elizabeth kept the first series of notebooks( P21/1- P21-4) which from the core of this collection. According to Burke’s landed gentry their children were Chidley, Charles, (who became Vicar of Doon in 1813) and Elizabeth. The collection provides an insight into the domestic lifestyle of a county Limerick family during the late eighteenth century
Access Restrictions: N.A.
Use Restrictions: N.A.
Related Materials: A postcard of Mount Coote House and a sale catalogue dated 19 February 1940 are held in Limerick City Museum
I. Elizabeth Coote’s Private Expenditure Books ( 1776-1785)
Elizabeth Coote’s private expenditure account books containing details of a wide range of mainly household expenditure listed under separate accounts including ‘Apothecary Drugs, ‘Children’s Account’, ‘Coach Account’, ‘Beef Killed, ‘ Furniture Bought’, ‘ Groceries’ and ‘Horses Expenses’. Items are listed under columns by date, description and cost and each page is totalled and carried forward. Three of the volumes are indexed and while the third volume P21/3 does not contain an index the accounts are arranged under similar headings to the other three volumes. Extent: 4 Volumes
II. Chidley Coote Personal Expenses (1797-1837)
Chidley Coote’s personal expenses account book with separate accounts for a range of personal and household expenditure including an ‘Account of Money given to Anne for Housekeeping, a ‘Letters Account’, ‘ Creditors Account’, ‘Account of money expended on Ourselves, an ‘Account of Wine’, an ‘Account of Grattan’s Expenses, a ‘Servants’ Account’, an ‘Account of Extras’, an ‘Account of Money paid on Account, a‘ Letter Expenses, an ‘Account of Coalman’, Personal Expenses, ‘Wages’, and an ‘Account of Receipts. Some volumes contain a summary account at the end. Later volumes include separate accounts for older children. Extent: 8 Volumes
III. Farm Account Book (1832-1857)
Farm Account book listing all income and expenditure relating to the farm at Mount Coote including wages paid to paid local workmen and labourers, the purchase of animals, animal bedding and farm equipment.
IV Anne Coote’s Personal Expenditure (1803 – 1833)
Anne Coote’s personal expenditure account books listing all items purchased under her annual allowance; mainly clothing, donations to charity, ‘chair hire’, books and newspapers. Details of her annual allowance are entered at the rear of the notebook under’ ‘own money’. From 1922 her daughter Alicia has her own account. Extent: 7 Volumes.
V. Household Expenditure Books (1820-1843)
Household expenditure books detailing all domestic expenditure under separate accounts including a bakers account, a milk and cream account, a butter account, a cheese account, a vegetable and fruit account, a beer and ale account, poultry and game account and a fish Account. Extent: 10 Volumes
VI. Posthumous Account Book relating to Chidley Coote’s estate (1843-1844)
Executors of Chidley Coote in account with Captain Robert and John Maunsell.