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Arthur Blennerhassett, of Blennerville

Marriage of Arthur Blennerhassett, 17 Sept 1799 [St.George's, Dublin, par records].

Arthur Blennerhassett, of Blennerville,
born 27 Oct 1776.
See Wikitree and thepeerage.
He was educated in England, at Long Ashton Academy, a school at Long Ashton near Bristol.

Becomes attorney. Lives in Dublin:
He trained as an attorney in King's Inns, Dublin. See entry in index.
He was admitted to King's Inns in Trinity Term 1794.
The marriage settlement [Deed of 1796] of his 1st cousin Richard Massy Yeilding was witnessed by Arthur Blennerhassett of Dublin, attorney.
Arthur is listed as "attorney", of Blennerville, at mar.

He married 17 Sept 1799 to Helena Jane Mullins [born 1773, descendant of Edward III].
They mar at St.George's church, Temple St, Dublin.
See marriage settlement dated 7 Sept 1799. Relates to property in Blennerville. Witnessed by John Blennerhassett of Kildare St.
There is a letter of 14 November 1801 from Judge Robert Day about election politics in Co. Kerry. Day views the Blennerhassetts as political opponents, and with his usual scathing tongue he says: "I do not think that Mullins could by any exertion force himself upon the county. I know no family on whom he could count, unless the Hassetts, who would unite to wound us, whom they hate, and whom Rowley Hasset, connected now by the marriage of his son into the house of Mullins, would labour to unite in support of that house; and yet the Hassetts are now so disjointed and incoherent that it would be difficult to rally them so suddenly."

Arthur lived in Dublin for a time.
Arthur Blennerhassett of Dublin, attorney at law, witnessed [Deed, Mar 1804] and is listed in other [Deed, Mar 1804].
"Arthur Blennerhassett Rowland" (refers to father's name) of Dublin, attorney at law, is listed in his brother's marriage settlement, Jan 1805.
He is probably the "Arthur Hassett" mentioned in letter of 16 Aug 1805 to Daniel O'Connell from his wife. See part 1 and part 2. From p.143 (letter 154) of [Correspondence of Daniel O'Connell, vol 1].

Returns to Co.Kerry:
Arthur is listed as attorney, of Blennerville, in [Deed, May 1808].
Listed as of Blennerville in [Deed, Oct 1809].
He is one of the "lives" of, and witnessed, [Deed, Nov 1809]. Listed as of Blennerville.
However Arthur Blennerhassett of Dublin, attorney, is party to [Deed, 6 Sept 1810] and witness to [Deed, 20 Sept 1810].
[Holden's Directory, 1811] lists "Arthur Blennerhassett, attorney, Blennerville".
Arthur Blennerhassett of Blennerville witnessed [Deed, Aug 1815] and [Deed, Jan 1816].
He is party to [Deed, Feb 1816] with his father.
Arthur Blennerhassett of Blennerville witnessed [Deed, Apr 1818] and [Deed, Jan 1820].
He is party to [Deed, Mar 1820] with his father.
Arthur Blennerhassett of Blennerville, attorney, witnessed [Deed, Nov 1820].
He is party to [Deed, Dec 1820] with his father.

His father died March 1821. Eldest son got title and Churchtown, 2nd son already dead.
Arthur (3rd son) inherited Blennerville House and most of Blennerville.
He is party to [Deed, Nov 1821] with his son and others.
Appointed as a Justice of the Peace June 1822. See [Collins papers, 1].
He is mentioned in connection with schools in Blennerville 1824 [Heritage Council, 2001].
Listed of Blennerville in [Deed, Apr 1825] and [Deed, Oct 1827] and [Deed, Nov 1827].
He is described at dau's mar 1827 as "Arthur Blennerhasset, Esq. Proprietor of that town" (Blennerville).
He might be "A. Blennerhasset, J.P." who approved George Cashel joining the County Constabulary 1828.
He is listed at Blennerville in Kerry Evening Post, 19 February 1831. He is "J.P."
Arthur Blennerhassett, of Blennerville, 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.
[Kerry Evening Post, Sat 8 Mar 1834, [KCL] RR microfilm] shows a Grand Jury sworn, including Foreman: Arthur Blennerhassett, of Ballyseedy and one of the members: Arthur Blennerhassett, of Blennerville.
He is party to [Deed, June 1834]. Listed as of Blennerville.
Listed as one of the "Magistrates" of Co.Kerry in [Pettigrew & Oulton, 1835].
His death notice lists him as a "Magistrate".
His wife's death notice lists him as a "J.P." (Justice of the Peace).
He is party to [Deed, Apr 1836] and [Deed, Oct 1836]. Listed as of Blennerville.
His will dated 20 Aug 1838. Codicil 25 Sept 1838.

Arthur dies, 1839:
He died at his house in Blennerville, morning of Fri 31 May 1839, age 62 yrs.
See report in Kerry Evening Post, Sat 1 June 1839.
He was bur on Tue 4 June 1839 in a massive tomb at Blennerville.
Death report says "His remains will be interred in Blennerville Church ... where a new vault is to be built".
See death notice in Limerick Chronicle, 5 June 1839.
See death notice in Freemans Journal, 6 June 1839.
His will was executed 31 Aug 1839. Original burnt in 1922. Copy survives.
Main beneficiaries were his wife, his living dau Theodora, and his granddau Penelope Jane Denny.

Helena Jane dies, 1846:
She died at her house in Blennerville, 24 Dec 1846, age 73 yrs.
See item in Kerry Evening Post, Wed 30 Dec 1846.
See notice in Cork Examiner, 1 Jan 1847.
See notice in Dublin Evening Post, 5 January 1847.
Her will proved 1847. Executor Richard Chute. Residence Blennerville.
Entry in Prerogative Court index thought she died 25 Dec 1846.
Arthur and Helena Jane had issue:

  1. Rowland Blennerhassett,
    Rowland Arthur Blennerhassett, born 1800, Co.Kerry.
    He is one of the "lives" in [Deed, May 1808]. Says he is only son, aged about 9.
    He was educ TCD. See entry in [TCD Alumni]. Entered as "pensioner" 7 Nov 1814, age 14, son of Arthur, Solicitor.
    BA Summer 1819.
    "Rowland Arthur Blennerhassett" of Blennerville, only son, is party to [Deed, Nov 1821] with his father.
    Apparently died early.
    Not mentioned in father's will 1838.

  2. Millicent Agnes Blennerhassett,
    born 1805 [burial record], eldest dau.
    Named after grandmother.
    "Millicent Agnes" in marriage settlement. "Melicent" in marriage notice. "Melicent Agnes" and "Melicent" and "Milicent" at children's baptisms. "Melicent Agnes" in burial record.
    Marriage settlement in [Deed, 17 Nov 1827].
    She mar Sat 17 Nov 1827, Blennerville church, to Rev. Edward Maynard Denny and had issue.
    See notice in Southern Reporter and Cork Commercial Courier, Tue 20 November 1827.
    See notice in Kilkenny Independent, 27 Nov 1827.
    She died 1834, before her father. Her father left his estate to the other dau.

  3. Theodora Blennerhassett,
    born 1812 [burial record].
    She mar Mon 17 Oct 1836 [apparently NOT 18 Oct] at Blennerville church, to Richard Chute and had issue.
    They were married by her brother-in-law Rev Edward Maynard Denny.
    Marriage settlement in [Deed, 18 Oct 1836].
    See Kerry Evening Post, Wed 19 Oct 1836, [KCL] RR microfilm.
    Her line inherited Blennerville House and most of Blennerville.

  4. Eliza Blennerhassett,
    died as an infant, c. 13 May 1815.

The death of Arthur Blennerhassett at Blennerville House, Fri 31 May 1839.
From Kerry Evening Post, Sat 1 June 1839.
"On the preceding night" [Thur 30 May] "he retired to rest, in apparently as good health as on any other night during the past month, and in the morning, when the servant went in to attend him, he was lying with his head resting on his hand, to all appearance asleep, but quite dead."

The rear of Blennerville House. Photo 2022.


Arthur Blennerhassett signature


Signature of Arthur Blennerhassett on his marriage settlement, Sept 1799.

Signature of "Arthur Blennerhassett" dated Feb 1812.
From [Rowan Papers] Ms 20609(3). Found in the same bundle as the following.
See full size.
This is clearly our Arthur.

"Arthur Blennerhassett" appears in a legal document dated 6 June 1812. Think he is the attorney in the case.
Found in the same bundle as the above, [Rowan Papers] Ms 20609(3).
The Arthur Blennerhassett here must be the above Arthur.
See p.1 and p.2 and p.3 and p.4 and p.5.


The other Arthur Blennerhassett, attorney

There was a different person called Arthur Blennerhassett of Tralee, attorney, around this time.
His biography includes:

Signatures of "Arthur Blennerhassett, of Tralee, gentleman, attorney at law" on marriage settlement of Letitia Blennerhassett, June 1799.
This is different to the signature of Arthur of Blennerville.
This is clearly the other Arthur.

Signature of A. Blennerhassett in [Vestry Minutes Books, Tralee church] in May 1806.
Same person as above.
See full size.

Signature of A. Blennerhassett in [Vestry Minutes Books, Tralee church] in Mar 1807.
Same person as above.
See full size.

Signature of A. Blennerhassett in [Vestry Minutes Books, Tralee church] in Mar 1807.
Same person as above.
See full size.

Grave of Arthur Blennerhassett, Protestant graveyard, Blennerville

The Protestant (Church of Ireland) church at Blennerville. St.Annagh's Church.
Demolished 1940s.
Some graves survive, including that of Arthur Blennerhassett.
There may have been more graves.
The graveyard is now a tiny park, called "Robert Emmet Park".
See street view.

The Protestant church at Blennerville.
From 1887 to 1913 map.

What remains of the graveyard of the Protestant church at Blennerville.
Photo 2003. See full size.
See side wall.

Tomb of Arthur Blennerhassett of Blennerville (died 1839). In the SE corner.
Inscription "The Family Burying Place of the Blennerhassetts of Blennerville", erected at Arthur's death 1839.
No other Blennerhassett graves seen.
Photo 2003. See full size.
See wider shot.

Tomb of Arthur Blennerhassett on street view. 2011 shot.

Tomb of Arthur Blennerhassett.
See larger and full size.
See other shot.
Photos apparently 2008. From Bill Jehan.



Will of Arthur Blennerhassett

Will of Arthur Blennerhassett of Blennerville, dated 20 Aug 1838. Codicil 25 Sept 1838.
State copy was burnt in 1922.
But full copy survives.

Front cover of the full copy of Arthur's will in [Landed Estates Court box 3494].
See full size.


Will of Helena Jane Mullins

Will of Helena Jane Mullins, widow of Arthur Blennerhassett.
Will proved 1847.
See entry in Irish will index 1846-47.
Will would be burnt in 1922.
Some notes on her will survive in SL/B/1(102).

Some limited notes on will of Helena Jane Mullins in SL/B/1(102).
See p.1 and p.2.


Sources yet to be fully consulted

Have seen summary/transcript. See original.


Sources yet to be consulted


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