Mr Patrick Colbert

Mr Patrick Colbert, known as Pat, was born in Kilconlea, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick, Ireland on 5 November 1887.

He was the son of John W. Colbert (b. circa 1843), a farmer, and Catherine "Kate" Connors (b. circa 1846) who had married in Abbeyfeale on 29 January 1870. 

The Colbert family was Roman Catholic and spoke both Irish and English and Pat was one of eight surviving children from a total of ten. His siblings were: William (b. 14 February 1871), John (b. 13 August 1872), Michael (b. 29 April 1874), Hanora (b. 22 April 1876(1)), John (b. 10 June 1878), Denis (b. 11 June 1880), Tim (b. 4 October 1881), Margaret (b. 25 October 1883(2)) and Daniel (b. 28 December 1885).

Pat and his family appear on both the 1901 and 1911 censuses living in Kilconlea Lower in Abbeyfeale. By the time of the latter record Pat was described as a railway porter whilst his brothers were all described as cattle buyers. He celebrated the marriage of his sister Hanora on 15 February 1912 in Abbeyfeale Church.

Pat, a very religious man, had decided to join a holy order in Sherbrooke, Québec and one of his brothers, by then known as Brother Christopher, was already there. He therefore boarded the Titanic at Queenstown on 11 April 1912 as a third class passenger (ticket number 371109 which cost £7, 5s). He is not known to have been travelling with anyone from his locality.

Patrick Colbert died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His parents remained in Kilconlea but survived less than a decade and died just over a year apart; his mother Catherine died 13 August 1919 and his father on 14 November 1920. His brother Michael married and raised a family before in death in Kilconlea on 10 June 1965 aged 91.


  1. Later Mrs Timothy Lane
  2. Later Mrs Peter Doyle

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