Blennerhassett of Co.Kerry
I descend from
who descend from the
family of Ireland,
though from what branch is not clear.
in [Burkes Irish, 1976]
by Brian Fitzelle
in [Burkes Peerage]
- BLENNERHASSETT in [Foster's Peerage, 1881]
- BLENNERHASSETT in [King]
- Black Jack's Book
- BLENNERHASSETT in [Rowan, 1846]
"Genealogical notes and pedigrees mainly re the family of Denny of Co. Kerry, also re the families of Blennerhassett and Conway, c.1909."
- "Blennerhassett Pedigrees",
[NLI] microfilm POS 3887.
Compiled by unidentified grandchild of
Frances Blennerhassett and Rev. Jemmett Browne.
Original was in possession of
Hilda Blennerhassett of Ballyseedy.
- "The Blennerhassetts of Kerry: Earlier English Stock",
by James Franklin Fuller
Kerry Archaeological Magazine,
July 1919, vol.5 no.21, pp.34-39.
This is a summary
of a Ms written by David Elisha Davy.
The Ms is in the Davy collection,
[BL] Add. Ms. 19118, folio 348-367.
It is NOT with the Fuller papers in the [RIA].
- "The East Anglian Blennerhassetts",
G. Andrews Moriarty,
The New England Historical and Genealogical Register,
July 1944, 98: 271-279.
- Sources yet to be consulted:
Blennerhasset village (thus spelt now), Cumbria (Cumberland).
The village green.
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From Google Street View
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The family takes its name from the village of
(thus spelt now),
The family took their name from this place
but they did not have lands there
(or at least, not since the 12th century).
Their main lands
were at Carlisle, Cumberland.
We start with:
Richard de Blennerhassett,
of Carlisle, Cumberland,
mar Joan Skelton [dau of Sir Clement Skelton by his wife Joan de Orton,
dau of Sir Gyles de Orton, of Great Orton],
she was co-heiress of Great Orton, just W of Carlisle
she died 1450,
John de Blennerhassett,
of Great Orton, Cumberland,
Mayor of Carlisle, various dates 1430-55.
of Flimby Hall, Flimby,
Manor of Flimby purchased 1547,
of Flimby Hall, Flimby, Cumberland.
He claimed in 1578 the
of the Rectory of Great Orton
as co-heir of Sir Gyles de Orton.
granted lands in Ireland in 1590.
Ancestor of Blennerhassett of Co.Kerry.
Almost all male line Blennerhassetts in the world today seem to descend from the Irish branch.
The Cumberland male line seems extinct.
Blennerhasset village, Cumberland.
From old map
Surveyed: 1863 to 1865.
made out by
James Franklin Fuller
and full size
See also arms
Bill Jehan's site
Blennerhassett arms on Ballyseedy House, Co.Kerry.
Photo apparently 2008. From
See wider shot.
See 2014 shot
from Bob Frewen.
- The name is sometimes (rarely) found shortened to "Hassett".
- There is a legend that the name came from a Blenner
marrying a Hassett, but this is nonsense.
- There is also a legend that the name derives
This is also nonsense.
- Hassett surname discussion forum