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Arthur Blennerhassett, of Fortfield

The opening of the settlement of Arthur's 1790 will.
He is written as "Arthur Blennerhassett Robert" (refers to his father).

Arthur Blennerhassett,
born est c.1745,
of Fortfield (or Fordfield), near Killorglin, Co.Kerry,
and of Cara, Co.Kerry.
It is thought that Fortfield is identical with Annaghgarry House.

Arthur mar Catherine Hickson [dau of James Hickson and Rosanna Kane].
[Hickson's annotated par records, 1880] thought she was "Rosanna", but she must be Catherine whose will was proved 1810.
"Arthur Blennerhassett Robert" of (illegible), Co.Kerry, is party to [Deed, Jan 1772] with his brother Rowland.
He is "Arthur Blennerhassett Robert" of Fordfield in [Deeds of 1774 and 1777].

[1790 will] and [Robert's 1798 mar settlement] refer to Arthur holding a vast number of lands, all in Co.Kerry.
They also mention "a plot of ground with a pound built thereon" at Annaghgarry. This would be a pound for stray livestock.
The mention of Annaghgarry suggests Fortfield was at Annaghgarry.
This property is also mentioned in [Deed of 1804].

Arthur is listed as of "Fordhill" in his will.
His will dated 26 Apr 1790. Codicil on same day.
He died 4 May 1790, at Fortfield, age est c.45 yrs.
He is described as "late of Fordfield" in his daughter's marriage settlement, 27 May 1790.
Will proved 7 June 1790. Will burnt in 1922.
See settlement of will (registered in 1806). He left all lands to his brother Rowland, who managed his estate after his death in 1790, paid off his debts, and set up his children's inheritances when they came of age and married.
Catherine's will proved 1810. She is listed as widow, of Blennerville. Will burnt in 1922.
Arthur and Catherine had issue:

  1. Rosanna Blennerhassett,
    mar 27 May 1790 to her 1st cousin Sir Robert Blennerhassett, 2nd Baronet and had issue.

  2. Robert Arthur Blennerhassett,
    Robert Blennerhassett,
    of Fortfield.
    He was born post-1769 (not yet age 21 at father's death).
    He was born before the 1774 will of Col. John Blennerhassett.
    Listed in father's will as "his only son".
    Written as "Robert Blennerhassett Arthur" in [Deed, Aug 1820].

Arthur also had an affair with ---- and had issue:

  1. Elizabeth Blennerhassett,
    Arthur's will of 1790 left £300 to "his natural daughter Elizabeth".
    She mar pre-1798 to Denis Murphy.
    The copy of Robert Blennerhassett's 1798 marriage settlement in [NLI] D.27079 refers to her as "now [in 1798] the wife of Denis Murphy".

Wills of Arthur Blennerhassett (proved 1790) and his wife Catherine Blennerhassett (proved 1810).
Listed in [Vicars' index of wills 1536-1810].
All of these wills were burnt in 1922.


Will of Arthur Blennerhassett, 1790

The will of Arthur Blennerhassett, 1790, was burnt in 1922.
But some of the content survives:

Abstract of the will.
From pp.213-214 of [Registry of Deeds wills, Vol.3].
This abstract is a bit inaccurate. He was NOT called "Arthur Robert Blennerhassett". It gets the name of his brother wrong at one point.
And the witness Arthur Blennerhassett, aged over 40, is NOT his nephew Arthur.

The will lists his children Rosanna and Robert, and "his natural daughter Elizabeth".

Close-up of the text: "and to his natural daughter Elizabeth therein also mentioned".

Extract from [Robert's 1798 mar settlement].
Shows that his father's will left £300 to his natural daughter Elizabeth.

Arthur's natural daughter Elizabeth is mentioned in this summary of Arthur's will and estate in [Landed Estates Court box 3494].
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Another reference to Arthur's natural daughter Elizabeth, on same sheet as above.
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