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Arthur Blennerhassett, of Blennerville

Blennerville House. Photo 2003. See full size.

Arthur Blennerhassett, of Blennerville,
born 27th Oct 1776.

He might be "Arthur Blennerhassett, of Tralee, gentleman, attorney at law" who witnessed the marriage settlement of Letitia Blennerhassett dated 29 June 1799.
Reasons this might be him:
  • Later that year, 1799, this Arthur married the 1st cousin of Letitia's mother (who was a generation younger than Letitia's mother).
  • Letitia's brother witnessed this Arthur's marriage settlement in 1799.
  • In Letitia's 1799 marriage settlement, Rev. Maynard Denny is a trustee and Arthur Blennerhassett of Tralee is a witness. Later in 1827, the daughter of this Arthur married the son of Rev. Maynard Denny.
Reasons against:

Arthur married [marriage settlement, 7 Sept 1799] to Helena Jane Mullins [born 1773, descendant of Edward III].
The Arthur Blennerhassett who witnessed the marriage settlement of Letitia Blennerhassett registered it with the [LR] in July 1802.
[Holden's Directory, 1811] lists "Arthur Blennerhassett, attorney, Blennerville".
His father died 1821, 1st brother got title and Churchtown, 2nd brother already dead.
Arthur (3rd brother) inherited Blennerville House and most of Blennerville.
Appointed as a Justice of the Peace June 1822. See [Collins papers, 1].
He is mentioned in connection with schools in Blennerville 1824 [Heritage Council, 2001].
He might be "A. Blennerhassett, J.P." who approved George Cashel joining the County Constabulary 1828.
Arthur Blennerhassett, of Blennerville, is listed in House of Commons Parliamentary papers, Volume 35, 1832, as one of the Magistrates in the Commission of the Peace in Co.Kerry.
[Kerry Evening Post, Sat 8th Mar 1834, [KCL] RR microfilm] shows a Grand Jury sworn, including Foreman: Arthur Blennerhassett, of Ballyseedy and one of the members: Arthur Blennerhassett, of Blennerville.
Listed as one of the "Magistrates" of Co.Kerry in [Pettigrew & Oulton, 1835].
His death notice lists him as a "Magistrate".
His wife's death notice lists him as a "J.P." (Justice of the Peace).
He died at his house in Blennerville, morning of Fri 31 May 1839, age 62 yrs.
[Kerry Evening Post, Sat 1 June, [KCL] RR microfilm] says: "On the preceding night" [Thur 30 May] "he retired to rest, in apparently as good health as on any other night during the past month, and in the morning, when the servant went in to attend him, he was lying with his head resting on his hand, to all appearance asleep, but quite dead".
He was bur on Tue 4 June in a massive tomb at Blennerville.
"His remains will be interred in Blennerville church ... where a new vault is to be built".
See death notice in Freemans Journal, June 6, 1839.
His will was executed 31 Aug 1839 [NAI], apparently burnt in Four Courts 1922, but transcript exists [Jehan], (todo) see.

Helena Jane died at her house in Blennerville, 24 Dec 1846, age 73 yrs.
See Kerry Evening Post, Wed 30 Dec, [KCL] RR microfilm.
Arthur and Helena Jane had issue:

  1. Millicent Agnes Blennerhassett, named after grandmother,
    mar 1827 to Rev. Edward Maynard Denny and had issue,
    she died pre-1845.

  2. Theodora Blennerhassett,
    mar Mon 17th Oct 1836 [apparently NOT 18th] at Blennerville church, to Richard Chute [eldest son of Francis Chute of Chute Hall, near Tralee, Co.Kerry, pronounced "Choot"],
    they were married by her brother-in-law the Rev Edward Maynard Denny,
    see Kerry Evening Post, Wed 19th Oct 1836, [KCL] RR microfilm,
    the Chutes inherited Blennerville House and most of Blennerville,
    they lived Blennerville,
    [Slater's Directory, 1841] lists "Richard Chute" as the owner of Blennerville House,
    she died Blennerville, evening of Thur 24th July 1845 [apparently NOT 25th], leaving 5 young children, "She inherited the extensive landed property of her father, which descends to her second son, Master Arthur Chute, who is, we understand, to take his deceased grand-father's name" [Kerry Evening Post, Sat 26th July, [KCL] RR microfilm],
    she was to be bur with her father "in the new vault erected in Blennerville church-yard" on Mon 28th,
    Richard died 13 Sept 1862,
    had issue:

    1. Francis Blennerhassett Chute, born 1837,
      inherited Blennerville,
      had issue:

      1. Capt. Richard Chute, born 1870,
        see 1907 genealogy by him in [Chute Papers, SL/B/1(1)],
        sold Blennerville House 1919.

    2. Arthur Rowland Chute, born 1838,
      [Griffiths Valuation, 1853] lists "Arthur B. Chute (minor)" as owning most of Blennerville, including "ruins of windmill" and King's House,
      can't identify Blennerville House in this, (todo) try map in [KCL],
      must be Arthur Blennerhassett Chute,
      he was in the 90th Regt and died at Calcutta 1858,
      his brother inherited the properties.

    3. Melicent Agnes Chute, mar 1867 to Robert Leslie and had issue.

Signatures of Arthur Blennerhassett

Signature of this Arthur Blennerhassett on his marriage settlement, Sept 1799.

Signatures of "Arthur Blennerhassett, of Tralee, gentleman, attorney at law" on marriage settlement of Letitia Blennerhassett, June 1799.
There are some similarities in signature (such as not spelling out "Arthur" fully) but there seem to be too many differences.
It looks like a different person.

Signature of A. Blennerhassett in [Vestry Minutes Books, Tralee church] in May 1806.
Same person as above.
See full size.

Signature of A. Blennerhassett in [Vestry Minutes Books, Tralee church] in Mar 1807.
Same person as above.
See full size.

Signature of A. Blennerhassett in [Vestry Minutes Books, Tralee church] in Mar 1807.
Same person as above.
See full size.

Grave of Arthur Blennerhassett, Protestant graveyard, Blennerville

The Protestant (Church of Ireland) church at Blennerville, St.Annagh's Church, is now vanished.
Some graves survive, including that of Arthur Blennerhassett.
The graveyard is now a tiny park, called "Robert Emmet Park".
See street view.

The Protestant church at Blennerville.
From 1887 to 1913 map.

What remains of the graveyard of the Protestant church at Blennerville.
Photo 2003. See full size.
See side wall.

Tomb of Arthur Blennerhassett of Blennerville (died 1839). In the SE corner.
Inscription "The Family Burying Place of the Blennerhassetts of Blennerville", erected at Arthur's death 1839.
No other Blennerhassett graves seen.
Photo 2003. See full size.
See wider shot.

Tomb of Arthur Blennerhassett on street view. 2011 shot.

Tomb of Arthur Blennerhassett.
See larger and full size.
See other shot.
Photos apparently 2008. From Bill Jehan.

Chute Hall

Tullygarran, E side of Tralee, Co.Kerry. See map.
Now demolished.

Chute Hall on 1887 to 1913 map.
See modern satellite view of site.

S entrance to Chute Hall.
2009 screenshot from street view.

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