Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.
He mar Martha Lynne
[born est c.1601, descendant of Edward III
His father built the second Ballyseedy Castle c.1627.
He was High Sheriff of Co.Kerry 1640-1641.
After the wars of 1641-1653
he moved to re-establish his estate.
In 1654 he was granted Littur (or Littor or Letter), Aghavallen par, near Ballylongford, Co.Kerry.
Littur was granted to him by Sir Arthur Denny by deeds dated 30 Sept 1654 [Claim of 28 Oct 1654]. Think he is living Ballyseedy at this time.
Soon after, he made the claim of 28 Oct 1654. This is a claim of Inheritance in Fee Simple, made by John Blennerhassett, of Ballycarty and Ballyseedy, to re-establish his legal ownership of the Ballyseedy Estate after the wars of 1641-1653.
MP for Co.Kerry 1661-1666.
(NOT for Tralee, that is his son John.)
He acquired in 1661 the forfeited McElligott lands of E and W Ballymacelligott (E of Tralee, Ballymacelligott par, Co.Kerry), Ballygrelah, and E and W "Gortanleas" (wonder if this is Gortatlea, Ballymacelligott par).
His will dated 18 Oct 1673.
He died 1676. Will proved 14 Sept 1676.
John and Martha had issue:
John Blennerhassett in "Black Jack's Book" (c.1737).
This is p.1 of MS 7937.
Transcript of the previous. From p.35 of [Hickson, 1872].
This ruin at Ballycarty may be the old Ballycarty Castle.
Notes from the will before it was burnt.
From [D950/1/9, p.70].
Used with permission of The Deputy Keeper of the Records, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
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