Humphrys genealogy

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Blennerville House

Blennerville House, Main St, Blennerville, Co.Kerry.
As you go from Dingle through Blennerville towards Tralee, this is on LHS near the bend in the road, behind handsome gates.

The gates of Blennerville House.
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From Google Street View.

Blennerville House originally stood alone, with no village.
The house may be as old as the 17th century, with later additions.
[Houses of Kerry] has evidence it dates from before 1696.

Blennerville House was the residence of the founder of Blennerville, Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, 1st Baronet (born 1740 or 1741, created Baronet 1809).
Rowland arrived at this location in 1772 to 1774.
He is listed at "Corgrage", Co.Kerry, in [Deed, May 1774]. This would be Curragraigue townland (Blennerville).
He is listed as of "Blennerville" in [Deed, Mar 1781].
[Houses of Kerry] says Rowland Blennerhassett was living at Blennerville House as at 1783. He may have built it, or re-built it.
He is listed at "Blennerville" in various deeds from [Deed, Oct 1783] to [Deeds, Feb 1788].
He lived 1788 to 1798 at Churchtown near Killarney, but leasing property at Blennerville to various tenants.
He returns to live at Blennerville in [Deed, Oct 1798].
He is listed there consistently from then until his death in 1821. (He became Baronet in 1809.)
Blennerville village grew around the house.
Sir Rowland died 1821.

Blennerville House was inherited by Arthur Blennerhassett. He died 1839.
It was inherited by the Chute family.
Sold by Major Richard Chute 1919.
It was bought in 1958 by Richard Johnson.

A model at Blennerville Windmill shows Blennerville as it would have looked in 1852.

Blennerville House (red cross) on 1887 to 1913 map.

The gates of Blennerville House.
Photo 2003. See full size.
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The gates of Blennerville House.
Photo 2003. See full size.

Blennerville House.
Photo 2003. See full size.

Blennerville House.
Photo 2003. See full size.

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