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Richard Francis Blennerhassett

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Miniature portrait of unknown person, from family of Richard Francis Blennerhassett.
Sold at auction by Phillips, London, 7 Nov 2001.
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Richard Francis Blennerhassett,
of Kells, nr Cahirciveen, Co.Kerry, born 1819,
listed as of Tralee at mar,
mar 1849 to Honoria Ponsonby [descendant of Henry VII],
he died 1854.

Honoria mar 2ndly to Dr. James Barry, M.D.,
they lived Villa Nuova, Caher, Caherciveen, Co.Kerry, see VILLA NUOVA in [Houses of Kerry],
she died 3 Dec 1883,
(todo) try death of Honora Barry, Tralee, [GROI], 3rd qr 1883, age 50 (born 1833), vol 5 p 363,
see admin of her estate 1884 [NAI],
had issue:

  1. Rowland Ponsonby Blennerhassett, MP,
    of Kells,
    born 1850, Kells, Protestant,
    admin of mother's estate says he is the only child.
    He joined Isaac Butt's Home Rule party.
    He won a famous victory for the Home Rule party in the Co.Kerry by-election of 6 Feb 1872.
    This was the last Parliamentary election by open vote. (Secret ballot introduced 1872.) Unbelievably, up to this point, tenants had to vote in full view of and risking the wrath of their landlords. Indeed landlords treated their tenants as simple extensions of their own vote, and used their agents to round up the tenants for voting at election time.
    [PAT/12, p.14-15] quotes [Romantic Hidden Kerry, Thomas O'Sullivan, 1931] as telling the hilarious story of this election, with the agent leading a procession of tenants towards Tralee, but the voters kept escaping.

    Rowland was Home Rule MP for Co.Kerry 1872-85. Kerry had 2 seats. The other MP in 1872-80 was Henry Arthur Herbert. The other MP in 1880-85 was Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, 4th Baronet.
    He mar Mary Beatrice Armstrong.
    He died 1913.
    (todo) See obituary in The Kerry Sentinel, 12th Apr 1913.
    See probate of will granted 1913 to widow [NAI].
    She died 1928.
    (todo) See obituary in [Co.Kerry Soc. annual report 1928-9] p.8.
    Rowland and Mary had issue:

    1. Richard Francis Ponsonby Blennerhassett, born 1879, London,
      mar Sylvia Myers [dau of Frederic William Henry Myers],
      inherited Ponsonby portraits,
      he died 1938, (todo) see obituary in [Co.Kerry Soc. annual report 1938-9] p.7,
      she died 1957,
      had issue:

      1. Diana Blennerhassett, born 1916, London,
        known as Deenagh,
        mar 1939 to Richard Goold-Adams [born 1916],
        he died 1995, death registered in Bath district, Mar 1995,
        (todo) see obituary, The Times, 7 Apr 1995,
        (todo) see obituary, Daily Telegraph, 1 May 1995,
        Diana lived Gt Pulteney St, Bath, Avon BA2 4BX,
        her death was registered in Bath district, Nov 2000.

Silhouette from family of Honoria Ponsonby and Richard Francis Blennerhassett.
This is apparently Honoria Ponsonby when young.
Sold at auction by Phillips, London, 7 Nov 2001.
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