The Second Son

Posted by Homan on 25 November 2013

And who exactly was this young adventurer, Alexander de Courcy Potterton? The second son (and one of twelve children) of Thomas and Eleanor Potterton, he was born on 25 November 1818. This branch of the Pottertons lived at Balatalion, Kildalkey, County Meath and Alexander was baptised in the family’s parish church of Athboy. He was called Alexander probably... Read more

A Pioneer in South Australia

Posted by Homan on 29 June 2013

Alexander de Courcy Potterton (1818-1907) was a free-spirited and adventurous young man. The son of Thomas & Eleanor Potterton of Balatalion, Kildalkey, County Meath, Ireland, he went to Adelaide, South Australia less than a month after his nineteenth birthday. That was an adventure in itself. He boarded the Canton – a three mast, ‘barque’ – in London on... Read more