William Cotter (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
William Timothy Cotter
Bishop of Portsmouth
Church Roman Catholic
Diocese Portsmouth
Appointed 24 November 1910
In office 1910-1940
Predecessor John Cahill
Successor John King
Ordination 19 June 1892
Consecration 19 March 1905
by John Cahill
Rank Bishop
Personal details
Born (1866-12-21)December 21, 1866
Cloyne, County Cork, Ireland
Died October 24, 1940(1940-10-24) (aged 73)
Nationality Irish
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of Portsmouth (1905-1910)

William Timothy Cotter (1866–1940) was an Irish-born prelate who served as the third Roman Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth, England, from 1910 to 1940.[1]

He was born in Cloyne, County Cork, Ireland on 21 December 1866. He was educated at St. Colman's Fermoy and for the priesthood at Maynooth College,[2] and was ordained to the priesthood on 19 June 1892. He was appointed an Auxiliary Bishop of Portsmouth and Titular Bishop of Clazomenae on 14 February 1905. His consecration to the Episcopate took place on 19 March 1905, the principal consecrator was Bishop John Baptist Cahill of Portsmouth, and the principal co-consecrators were Bishop George Ambrose Burton of Clifton and Bishop Peter Amigo of Southwark. Five years later, he was appointed Bishop of Portsmouth on 24 November 1910.[1]

Bishop Cotter died in office on 24 October 1940, aged 73.[1]


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Baptist Cahill
Bishop of Portsmouth
Succeeded by
John Henry King