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Glen Cove

Contributed by Andrea Grutza

Glen Cove is a city on the north shore of Long Island and during the Revolutionary War, Glen Cove was loyal to the King. One of the founding families is Cole.

Also did you know that after the last Jacobite Revolution, some of the Jacobites were exiled to America and (they or their sons), became involved in the American Revolution?  The Black Watch fought against the British during the American Revolution. They held Fort Ticonderoga in New York State.  The Fort is a museum now, but it is said that it is guarded still by the ghost of a one legged bag piper from the Black Watch.

According to the history that was taught to every school child, there were four families that settled Glen Cove. One of the families was from Scotland - Coles.  The place was first called Mosquito Cove and changed because the name kept people from settling there. They changed the name to Glen Cove after Glen Coe in Scotland.

The City of Glen Cove has a web site: On the city profile page of the web site, it gives the history as it was taught. However, on the city history page, it states that this history is "local legend" and was recently discovered to be untrue.

You would think we would be able to keep our history straight, after all there is only about 300 years of it. :)

According to my mother, here are some old family names in Glen Cove:


There is nothing particulary Scotish about Glen Cove. Like any other town in America, there is quite a mixture of nationalities.

My uncles parents came from Scotland and lived in Glen Cove. My uncles name
was Jimmy Stant, he has been dead for years and his children no longer live


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