John Blennerhassett, "Black Jack",
1689-90 war and imprisonment:
"Capt. John Blennerhassett" was a supporter of William of Orange in the Williamite-Jacobite War (1689-1691).
He was captured at Loughrea, Co.Galway, 1 Mar 1689 [new style year, at the time regarded as the end of 1688].
He was imprisoned at Galway and Dublin with his brother Thomas in 1689-1690.
They were imprisoned first at Galway.
He is believed to have started writing down the Blennerhassett family tree in prison in Galway in 1689.
Transferred to prison in Dublin after 14 months (May 1690). Finally released after Battle of the Boyne July 1690.
mar pre-1693 (so probably in 1690-93) to Elizabeth Cross [born 1669].
At some point, probably in Black Jack's time (in 1690s to 1730s), a fine new Castle Conway was built on the old site in Killorglin.
[Houses of Kerry] thought it was built "after the Williamite wars", but also thought it was built by Black Jack's parents (but his mother died 1683, before the Williamite wars).
John Blennerhassett of Killorglin witnessed a Deed of 1708, the marriage settlement of Samuel Bennett of Co.Limerick and Anne Collis of Co.Kerry.
Elizabeth died 22 Mar 1732, age 63 yrs.
She was bur in the chapel at Castle Conway, Black Jack erected a memorial to her.
See her now-vanished tomb at Castle Conway.
Black Jack produced his final Blennerhassett family history c.1737, known as "Black Jack's Book".
[Hickson, 3 Apr 1897] says the latest entries in the genealogy are dated 1737.
Black Jack died c.1738, age c.73 yrs.
Mary Agnes Hickson gives various estimates for when he died, such as c.1739 [10 Apr 1897] and c.1742 [3 Apr 1897].
Black Jack and Elizabeth had issue:
Arms of Blennerhassett and Cross.
From the arms of the 32 ancestral lines of James Franklin Fuller, made out in 1909 by the Dublin Office of Arms.
Courtesy of Teresa Stokes.
(Left) See full size.
(Right) See full size.
John Blennerhassett of Killorglin witnessed a deed dated 13 Feb 1708.
Though unfortunately his signature is not on the surviving memorial.
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