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Sir Arthur Blennerhassett, 3rd Baronet

Sir Arthur Blennerhassett, 3rd Baronet,
born 30 July 1794.
Lived Churchtown House, near Killarney, Co.Kerry.
Arthur Blennerhassett of Churchtown witnessed [Deed, Aug 1815].
He is party to [Deed, Feb 1816] with his parents and grandfather. Listed as of Churchtown.
Listed as of Churchtown in 1820.
High Sheriff of Co.Kerry 1820-21. He was succeeded by Arthur Blennerhassett of Ballyseedy.
Listed at Churchtown in [Deed, Apr 1821].

Married a Catholic 1826, and converted to Catholicism:
Arthur mar 26 July 1826 to Sarah Mahony [born 1808, Catholic, dau of John Mahony and Mary Delahunte, of Blennerville, Co.Kerry].
Arthur took an oath as a Catholic shortly before 25 Oct 1827 [Letter of Daniel O'Connell].
The Baronet family is now Catholic. It dates from this marriage.
He might be "A. Blennerhassett, J.P." who approved George Cashel joining the County Constabulary 1828.
Maybe he had sympathy for a disinherited Catholic relative.

He succ Sept 1831.
Listed of Churchtown in [Deed, Dec 1831].
Arthur Blennerhassett, of Mount Rivers, near Killorglin, Co.Kerry, is listed in House of Commons Parliamentary papers, Volume 35, 1832, as one of the Magistrates in the Commission of the Peace in Co.Kerry. The list is from 1831-32 and is slightly out of date, showing his father the 2nd Baronet as alive.
He is party to [Deed, June 1834]. Listed as of Churchtown.
Listed as one of the "Magistrates" of Co.Kerry in [Pettigrew & Oulton, 1835]. Listed as of Mount Rivers.
In 1835 he let out Churchtown House, near Killarney, Co.Kerry.
He is listed among the Magistrates of Co.Kerry in [Thom's, 1847, p.478]. Listed as of Churchtown House. From here.
He died 22 Apr 1849, think NOT Feb 1849, age 54 yrs.
See legal notice in Warder and Dublin Weekly Mail, 4 August 1849.

Sarah mar 2ndly, May 1850, London, to Frederick Randall, of Highbury.
She died 10 July 1866.
See death notice in Limerick Chronicle, 21 July 1866. Says she died at her residence, Mount Rivers, near Killorglin, Co.Kerry.
See death notice on p.413 of The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 221, July-Dec 1866. Says she died at Annaghgarry House.
3rd Baronet and Sarah had issue:

  1. Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, 4th Baronet,
    born 5 Sept 1839.
    1901 census says he was born at Churchtown House.
    [DNB, 1912 edn] says he was born at Blennerville.
    He was Catholic even before his marriage.

  2. Rosanna Blennerhassett,
    Rose, "Sister Rose", born 1843,
    pioneer nurse in Rhodesia,
    died unmarried, 1907.

Churchtown House to be let by 3rd Baronet in 1835.
Notice in Tralee Mercury, October 14, 1835.

Death of Sarah Mahony on 10 July 1866.
From The Gentleman's Magazine, July-Dec 1866.


Letter from Daniel O'Connell, 1827


Letter from Daniel O'Connell to his wife, Oct 25, 1827, re: the conversion of Sir Arthur Blennerhassett, 3rd Baronet, to Catholicism.
From p.351 (letter 1422) of [Correspondence of Daniel O'Connell, vol 3].
Original in [NLI] Ms 33,565/25(5).



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