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Old Ballyseedy is at the W end of the wood at Ballyseedy.
The old Ballyseedy Castle was a Geraldine (Desmond branch) fortress, perhaps 15th century.
It was confiscated after the Desmond rebellion 1583.
It was acquired c.1620 (post-1619) by Robert Blennerhassett, of Ballycarty.
Blennerhassett's lease of c.1620 refers to "Ballyshiddy Castle, town, and lands".
The old castle appears to be gone.
The second Ballyseedy Castle was built here c.1627 by Robert Blennerhassett, of Ballycarty.
See arms with 1627 date at New Ballyseedy.
After the 1641 Rebellion, Ballyseedy Castle became the main seat of Blennerhassett, replacing their earlier seat of Ballycarty Castle.
(However, Blennerhassetts continued to live at Ballycarty for some time.)
(died at an advanced age in 1676)
lived at Old Ballyseedy.
It was inherited by his son John Blennerhassett (died 1677).
It was inherited by his son John Blennerhassett (died 1709).
[Mc Morran, 1991] refers to old Ballyseedy (in the W end of the wood) as "Ballyseedy House".
Col. John Blennerhassett
was possibly the last to live at old Ballyseedy Castle.
He was living there as at 1756.
Soon after his death in 1775 (or maybe even before) it was abandoned and fell into ruin.
1777 map still lists old Ballyseedy as seat of Blennerhassett.
But [The Post-chaise Companion, 1786, p.186] shows it as abandoned: "Ballyseedy, once the mansion-house of the Blenerhasset family".
Ballyseedy was abandoned and fell into ruins.
The name "Ballyseedy" was adopted c.1821 by the new
Ballyseedy House (formerly Elm Grove)
a mile to the E.
A ruin of the old Ballyseedy Castle still exists.
These ruins are known locally as "Puck's House" and the natural spring at that place (which was probably the reason for choosing that location) is known as "Puck's Well".
Ballyseedy and Elmgrove and Ballycarty on 1777 map.
Up is W.
[The Post-chaise Companion, 1786, p.186] shows William Blennerhassett at Elmgrove to the E.
To the W it shows "Ballyseedy, once the mansion-house of the Blenerhasset family".
Old Ballyseedy is clearly now abandoned.
Old Ballyseedy (red cross) on 1829 to 1842 map.
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