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Sir Marmaduke Blennerhassett, 6th Baronet

Grave of 6th Baronet (KIA 1940).
St James Cemetery, Dover.
See full size. From findagrave.

Sir Marmaduke Blennerhassett, 6th Baronet,
born 20 Nov 1902.
See Wikitree and thepeerage.
He succ 1915.

He mar 1stly, 1926, to Winifred McFarlane [Winifred Mary McFarlane, born 1897, Australia].
She had mar 1stly, 1916, to Vere Callis Nugent Carpenter and had issue in Australia.
She left her husband and children in Australia and went to Ceylon with another man.
She later travelled to Britain and met Blennerhassett.

6th Baronet and Winifred married in 1926. She had not divorced Carpenter, so her marriage to Blennerhassett was bigamous.
Incredibly, she used a fake name, "Wynne M. Seaton-Roberts", at her marriage to Blennerhassett in the [GRO.UK].
Her real name and the bigamy were soon discovered. Marriage annulled 1927.

He mar 2ndly, 1938, to Gwenfra Morgan [Gwenfra Mary Morgan].
She was dau of Harington Morgan and Lilian Elizabeth Lutley Sclater, dau of the zoologist Philip Lutley Sclater by his wife Jane Anne Eliza Hunter-Blair, dau of Sir David Hunter-Blair, 3rd Baronet by his 2nd wife Elizabeth Hay.
Elizabeth Hay descends from Lady Grizel Stewart, who descends from James V, King of Scotland and from Henry VII.

6th Baronet was Lieutenant in Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in WW2.
Killed in action on 25 May 1940, age 37 yrs, in the Siege of Calais (22-26 May). The Siege of Calais ended in defeat and the Dunkirk evacuation (26 May to 4 June). 6th Baronet was on H.M.S. Greyhound, which took damage but was not sunk. (It was sunk later in the war.)
See his record at [CWGC].
He was bur St James Cemetery, Dover. See findagrave.
Gwenfra died 1956. Adrian was orphaned.
6th Baronet had issue by 2nd wife:

  1. Sir Adrian Blennerhassett, 7th Baronet.
    DNA match to (Cashel family): Nuala Duggan and Kathrin Riordan.
    Marmaduke Adrian Francis William Blennerhassett, born 25 May 1940.
    See thepeerage.
    Adrian's father was killed on day he was born, 25 May 1940. He became Baronet from birth.
    Only child of an only child. Never had a father.
    Mother took him to USA for a time.
    Came back to the British Isles. His mother became friends with Hilda Blennerhassett of Ballyseedy. Though she would not be a close relation of this Blennerhassett branch at all. He and his mother used stay at Ballyseedy.
    His mother died 1956. He was orphaned completely at age 16.
    In 1965, Hilda Blennerhassett died and she left Ballyseedy to the 7th Baronet, even though they were not closely related. He was only age 25.
    He sold Ballyseedy out of the family in 1967.
    He mar 1972 to Carolyn Brown.
    He died 2022.
    They had issue:

    1. Sir Charles Blennerhassett, 8th Baronet.
      He succ 2022.

Incredibly, the 6th Baronet's first wife used a fake name, "Wynne M. Seaton-Roberts", in the [GRO.UK] at her marriage to Blennerhassett in 1926.
She was already married, with a husband and children in Australia.
From here.


Unknown portraits inherited by the Blennerhassett Baronets

Unknown portrait.
Looks like tartan draped over army uniform. So a Scottish army officer.
Maybe Hunter-Blair, ancestor of Gwenfra Morgan.
See full size.

Unknown portrait.
As above, looks like a Scottish line and not Blennerhassett.
See full size. In this photo, there is a crest on the portrait frame. The top of it does not look like the Hunter-Blair arms in [Burkes Peerage, 1959, p.227]. Need to see the full crest.

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