Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys,
Arthur Blennerhassett, of Ballyseedy (see here),
He mar Wed 31 Jan 1821, Merrion Square, Dublin,
to Frances Grady.
See Cork Morning Intelligence Sat 3 Feb 1821.
(todo) See Limerick Chronicle 3 Feb 1821.
He might be "A. Blennerhassett, J.P." who approved George Cashel joining the County Constabulary 1828.
Duel in 1832:
He fought a duel 1832 with Maurice O'Connell, MP (him age 33, O'Connell age 29).
This was during the general election of 1832. The Liberal / Repeal O'Connell was running for MP for Tralee against the Conservative candidate Sir Edward Denny, 4th Baronet.
The dispute was over Arthur canvassing voters for Denny who had promised O'Connell their support (there were only 180 voters in the constituency).
O'Connell called to Ballyseedy, evening of Thur 29 Nov 1832, left a letter with Frances.
Arthur challenged him for involving his wife. They met 5 am, Fri 30 Nov 1832, at "Manor" [Mc Morran, 1991]. The duel was with pistols, no one hurt.
See The Times, 6 Dec 1832.
(todo) See Dublin Evening Mail.
O'Connell went on to win the seat 14 Dec 1832, and was MP for Tralee 1832-53.
Arthur is listed in Free Burgesses of Tralee 1833.
[Kerry Evening Post, Sat 8 Mar 1834, [KCL] RR microfilm] shows a Grand Jury sworn, including Foreman: Arthur Blennerhassett, of Ballyseedy (note his wife died 2 days later) and one of the members: Arthur Blennerhassett, of Blennerville.
Frances dies, 1834:
Frances died at Ballyseedy, night of Mon 10 Mar 1834, after giving birth to 9th child (Frances, who lived).
[Kerry Evening Post, Wed 12 [NOT 8] Mar 1834, [KCL] RR microfilm] refers to the baby as: "The little stranger doomed never to behold a mother's smiles, or feel the warm caresses of a mother's care and tender solicitude".
MP for Co.Kerry 1837-41:
Arthur is listed as one of the Deputy Lieutenants of Co.Kerry, and also one of the Magistrates of Co.Kerry, in [Pettigrew & Oulton, 1835].
He was Conservative MP for Co.Kerry 1837-41. Co.Kerry had 2 MPs.
He was elected in general election, 17 Aug 1837, unseating Frederick William Mullins.
He stood but lost in general election, 13 July 1841.
Arthur dies, 1843:
He died 9.30 on 23rd Jan 1843, Nantes, France, age 44 yrs, "of brain fever, after a short illness of 3 days".
He had been staying at Nantes for some time [Kerry Evening Post, Wed 1 Feb 1843, [KCL] RR microfilm].
See notice in The Times, 8 Feb 1843.
See notice in Tuam Herald, February 11, 1843.
Arthur and Frances had issue:
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