He married and had issue, his youngest son,
JOHN COWDY (c1770-1857), who married M Rollins, left issue,
ANTHONY COWDY (1809-92), who wedded firstly Elizabeth, daughter of Mr Mahaffy, and had issue, the only son,
ANTHONY COWDY (1843-1908), who married Sarah Frances, daughter of Mr Jones, left issue, his younger son,
EDWARD COWDY JP DL (1873-1934), of Summer Island, County Armagh (below); wedded, in 1903, Mary Jane, daughter of Robert McKean JP, of Rockwood, Benburb, County Tyrone. His eldest son,
ROBERT McKEAN COWDY JP DL, of Summer Island, who married, in 1939, Diana Vera Gordon, elder daughter of John Ralph Cope, of Drumilly, County Armagh; and had issue,
RALPH EDWARD COPE COWDY DL (1940-2013); High Sheriff of Armagh, 2007.
SUMMER ISLAND, near Loughgall, County Armagh, was purchased from the Verner family by Edward Cowdy in 1908.
It is a Georgian villa of two storeys and five bays; fine fanlight above the main door, with columns and pilasters.
The roof is hipped with dentils at the eaves.
The main entrance to Summer Island boasts one of the most delightful pairs of gate lodges in the Province, which were built ca 1820.
They are backed by mature lime trees which stand out in the landscape of this slightly raised strip of land in an otherwise flat area.
Shelter belts protect the southern half of the parkland, at the centre of which is the late 18th century classical house.
There is a modern ornamental garden at the house but the walled garden is not cultivated.
First published in September, 2013.