Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys,
Granted lands in Ireland:
He was granted lands in Ireland in 1590 by Sir Edward Denny, Governor of Kerry and Desmond, as part of the Munster Plantation.
He was granted the forfeited Desmond estate of Ballycarty Castle, in Ballyseedy parish, near Tralee, Co.Kerry.
Bill Jehan has established that the grant of lands in Co.Kerry to Blennerhassett was dated 14 Aug 1590.
[Manuscript of 1654] by Thomas' grandson John Blennerhassett, of Ballycarty says the deeds granting Ballycarty, Ballyseedy and other lands "granted, and rendered unto my grand-father by Sir Edward Denny Kt" are dated 29 Aug 1590 (32 Elizabeth). However Bill Jehan says that is the date rent was due (feast day of John the Baptist) rather than date of grant.
Thomas visited Ireland, "at an advanced age".
He returned to Cumberland, but his son Robert settled in Ireland, and was ancestor of Blennerhassett there.
Thomas was Mayor of
for various dates in 1597 to 1623
(the later dates must surely be another family member).
He had issue:
Flemby townland, Ballymacelligott par, SE of Tralee, Co.Kerry, on 1829 to 1842 map.
Flemby is named after the Blennerhassetts' ancestral English home of Flimby, Cumbria [King].
See modern map and satellite.
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