Sir Christopher Coote, one of the Society’s Vice-Presidents, sadly passed away on 29th November 2016 aged 88 years. He first joined the Society in 1992 and was elected a Vice-President in 2000.
He descended from Sir Charles Coote, an Elizabethan adventurer who arrived in Ireland in 1601. Christopher, the 15th Baronet, was a noted family historian and archivist and guardian of the Coote papers which included family photographs and house inventories. These archives were used extensively in the restoration of Ballyfin, a neo-classical mansion near Portlaoise, in county Laois, province of Leinster, Ireland, which is now an exclusive country house hotel.
Christopher took a close personal interest in the restoration of Ballyfin which was built for his great-great-great-grandparents in the 1820s. When he became a Vice-President of the IGRS he acknowledged the “extremely comprehensive reference facilities” of the Society’s library which had helped him in his Coote research. Christopher, who lived partly in England at Broughton Gifford and partly in Cork, was educated at Winchester College and graduated from Christ Church, Oxford in 1957.
In later life he had held the position of Company Secretary for the Nairobi Coffee and Tea Company (Overseas) Ltd. He was a gentle, mild and self-effacing man of considerable charm and with exquisite manners. We shall miss him greatly and extend our sincere condolences to his wife Anne and his two children Nicholas and Vanessa.