Robert Blennerhassett, of Ballycarty, Co.Kerry
- Sources yet to be consulted:
, of Ballycarty, Co.Kerry,
born est c.1570, Cumberland, England.
was granted lands in Co.Kerry, Ireland, in 1590.
His father stayed in England but Robert
settled in Ireland after 1590.
He lived Ballycarty Castle
mar Elizabeth Conway
[born est c.1575, descendant of Henry I
hence the entire
Blennerhassett family of Co.Kerry has a Royal Descent].
He got further grant of land in Ireland 1611.
He was the first Provost of Tralee 1611.
He was the first MP for
He acquired c.1620 (post-1619)
the forfeited Desmond estate of
He obtained the
of Ballyseedy 1622.
He built c.1627 the second
Robert and Elizabeth had issue:
- John Blennerhassett, of Ballycarty, Co.Kerry (and later of Ballyseedy).
- Arthur Blennerhassett, of Loughgur, Bruff, Co.Limerick.
Blennerhassett and variants listed in
[Vicars' index of wills 1536-1810]
All of these wills were burnt in 1922.
Our family descend somehow from Blennerhassett of Ireland.
The descent is through
(George Blennerhassett Cashel, born 1807, Co.Kerry).
Our exact connection is uncertain.
The Cashel family story was that they were descended from a runaway marriage
of a Protestant Blennerhassett daughter with their ancestor,
a Catholic Mr. Cashel.
The story was that she was disinherited for running away with a Catholic.
"Her family disowned her but the Cashels all thought it very romantic".
The Cashels used "Blennerhassett" as a family middle name and even first name
for multiple generations afterwards,
but unfortunately neglected to clearly write down
Pat Lavelle said it was the mother of
George Cashel who ran away,
and her name was Letitia Blennerhassett.
Our family tradition of descent from a Letitia Blennerhassett.
George Blennerhassett Cashel's
displayed on mar cert of his son
and full size
Detail from grave of George's son
The only known Letitia Blennerhassetts of child-bearing age in 1807 are these two
(who are both married at the time):
- Letitia Blennerhassett of Tarbert, Co.Kerry, born 1780,
married 1stly 1799
to Richard Ponsonby and had issue,
mar 2ndly 1811 to William Lindsay and had issue.
- Letitia Blennerhassett of Co.Limerick, born est c.1785,
to Samuel Harding
and had issue.
joined the County Constabulary in Sept 1828,
he was recommended by "A. Blennerhasset, J.P."
One would imagine this is a relation.
However, there were multiple prominent and respectable A. Blennerhassett's,
even restricted to that time.
There are basically three candidates for this person:
Arthur Blennerhassett, of Blennerville, Tralee.
Appointed J.P. in 1822.
In 1834 he is on a Grand Jury.
Died (still a J.P.) in 1839.
Sir Arthur Blennerhassett, 3rd Baronet,
of Churchtown, Killarney.
High Sheriff of Co.Kerry 1820-21.
He married a Catholic 1826 and converted to Catholicism 1827.
So might have been sympathetic to Cashel's position
even if not close relative.
Became 3rd Baronet 1831.
In 1832 he is one of the Magistrates of Co.Kerry.
Arthur Blennerhassett, of Ballyseedy, Tralee.
High Sheriff of Co.Kerry 1821-22.
In 1834 he is on a Grand Jury.
In 1835 he is one of the Deputy Lieutenants of Co.Kerry, and one of the Magistrates of Co.Kerry.
George Cashel's RIC record.
Showing that he was recommended by "A. Blennerhasset, J.P."
when he joined the County Constabulary in 1828.
Of course "Letitia" could be an error.
It is noted that none of the Cashels were given the name "Letitia".
Some names that catch the eye in the Cashel family are:
Other possibilities that catch the eye are:
- Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, 1st Baronet (born 1741) had "other issue"
- Arthur Blennerhassett (born est c.1745)
had illegitimate dau Elizabeth, who mar pre-1798 to Denis Murphy.
Maybe Murphy died and she then mar Cashel?
We would then be looking for the marriage of Cashel
with the widow Elizabeth Murphy, having issue George Cashel, born 1807.
- Letitia Hurly
would have the married name Letitia Blennerhassett
In fact, there is a Cashel or Cashell family,
the Rowan Cashel family
that is itself descended from the Blennerhassetts.
Perhaps the reason Edward and Letitia got together was because they were already connected
(from a marriage in the 1720s).
There are also connections of Cashel to Blennerhassett
through Harding and Lawrence:
- 1762 - Samuel Harding, of Silvermines, Co.Tipperary
(where Cashel from),
was Bondsman, 6th July 1762, see folio 190,
Killaloe, Co. Clare, Marriage License Bonds,
for marriage of
William Lawrence, Gent., of Bureskeane, Co.Tipperary
[poss. Borrisokane, far N of Co.Tipperary],
and Mary Harding of Ballymonce, Co.Tipperary [unidentified], Spinster.
- 1807 -
Letitia Blennerhassett to Samuel Harding
of Harding Grove, Co.Limerick.
- 1816 -
to the dau of William Lawrence of Silvermines, Co.Tipperary.
- 1831 -
Henry George Cashel
of Bushfield, Co.Tipperary,
to Christiana Harding
of Rock Lodge, Co.Limerick.
- 1850s - The wife of
Rowan Francis Cashel
has affair with Jonathan Harding,
of Bessborough, Co.Tipperary, 1850s.
Our line starts with:
- Letitia Blennerhassett,
born est c.1785, Protestant,
ran away with a Catholic, disinherited,
became a Catholic herself,
her son George Cashel was Catholic (though this may only have been through his marriage),
mar Edward Cashel and had issue.