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Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, 4th Baronet

Grave of 4th Baronet, Downside, nr Bath.
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Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, 4th Baronet (see here),
Catholic, born 5th Sept 1839,
political writer, historian,
succ 1849, educ Stonyhurst, and Christ Church, Oxford, and Louvain University,
formed friendship with the Catholic historian Lord Acton 1862,
Liberal MP for Galway city 1865-74,
helped to start Chronicle, a literary organ of liberal Catholicism, 1867,
mar 1870 to Countess Charlotte de Leyden [Catholic, historian, author, student of Lord Acton],
Liberal MP for Co.Kerry 1880-5,
Kerry had 2 seats, the other MP in 1880-85 was Rowland Ponsonby Blennerhassett,
at first supported but later opposed home rule (opposed Parnell),
spoke and wrote on Irish education and land question, advocated peasant proprietorship 1884,
President of Queen's College, Cork 1897-1904,
died 22nd Mar 1909, age 69 yrs,
bur St. Benedict's church (see photo), Downside, nr Bath,
see [DNB],
had issue:

Sir Arthur Blennerhassett, 5th Baronet,
born 1871, had issue:

Sir Marmaduke Blennerhassett, 6th Baronet,
born 20 Nov 1902,
Lieutenant in Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in WW2, on H.M.S. Greyhound,
killed in action at Dunkirk 25 May 1940, age 37 yrs,
see his record at [CWGC],
had issue:

  1. Sir Adrian Blennerhassett, 7th Baronet, of Blennerville,
    Marmaduke Adrian Francis William, born 1940, succ 1940,
    inherited Ballyseedy from his cousins 1965 (age 25),
    sold it out of the family 1967,
    mar and had issue:

    1. Charles Blennerhassett, heir apparent.

Blennerhassett arms on grave of 4th Baronet.
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Photo 2006 from Bill Jehan.

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