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Blennerhassett of Co.Kerry


The "Blennerhassett problem"

The "Holy Grail" of my family tree research has always been the Blennerhassett problem, the problem of how we connect to the Blennerhassett family. In 2020, I finally proved that we connect to the Blennerhassett Baronets branch. See Proof of our descent from Blennerhassett. Some connection to that branch is proved now, through documents and DNA. But the details remain to be worked out.


Normally "Blennerhassett" but sometimes "Blennerhasset" (how the village is spelt).
I normalise the surname spelling throughout to "Blennerhassett".

Blennerhasset village, Cumberland

The family takes its name from the village of Blennerhasset (thus spelt now), Cumbria (formerly Cumberland), N England.
The family took their name from this place but they did not have lands there (or at least, not since the 12th century).
Their lands were elsewhere around Cumberland.

Blennerhasset village (thus spelt now), Cumbria (Cumberland).
The village green.
Click to rotate. From Google Street View.
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Blennerhasset village, Cumberland.
From old map. Surveyed: 1863 to 1865. Published: 1868.

Blennerhassett of Co.Kerry

The family of Blennerhassett of Co.Kerry descends from Blennerhassett of Flimby, Cumberland.
We start with:

Blennerhassett arms


Arms granted to Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, 1st Baronet in 1808.
This is the state copy of the Grant of Arms.
See larger and full size.

Blennerhassett arms made out by James Franklin Fuller.
Originally at Glashnacree House, Co.Kerry.
See larger and full size.

Blennerhassett arms on Ballyseedy House, Co.Kerry.
Photo apparently 2008. From Bill Jehan. See wider shot.
See 2014 shot from Bob Frewen.




Bill Jehan


Sources yet to be fully consulted


Sources yet to be consulted





Proof of our descent from Blennerhassett


Miscellaneous Blennerhassetts


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