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John Blennerhassett of Ballycarty

This ruin at Ballycarty may be the old Ballycarty Castle.

John Blennerhassett,
of Ballycarty, Co.Kerry (and later of Ballyseedy, Co.Kerry),
poss. descendant of Henry I.
Ballyseedy was acquired by his father c.1620.
He mar Martha Lynne [born est c.1601, descendant of Edward III and Aoife MacMurrough and Brian Boru].
His father built the second Ballyseedy Castle c.1627.

He was High Sheriff of Co.Kerry 1640-1641.
The 1641 Rebellion broke out in Oct 1641.
In Nov 1641, John and his aged father surrendered Ballycarty Castle to the rebels.
Tralee was besieged by the rebels in Feb-Aug 1642.
John escaped to Cork and became a Captain of Foot 1643.

Ballyseedy Castle became the main family seat. Though for some time Blennerhassetts lived at both Ballycarty and Ballyseedy.
[Hickson, 28 Apr 1897] says he served under Cromwell, as did his son Robert.
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, Knt by deeds dated 30 Sept 1654 [Manuscript of 1654]. Think he is living Ballyseedy at this time.
MP for Co.Kerry 1661-66. (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 18th Oct 1673.
He died 1676. Will proved 14th Sept 1676.
See abstract of will in [MGH, 1883].
John and Martha had issue:

  1. John Blennerhassett, of Ballyseedy, born est c.1620.

  2. Capt. Robert Blennerhassett, of Castle Conway, born est c.1622.

  3. Thomas Blennerhassett,
    of Littur, Co.Kerry,
    born est c.1630,
    mar Ellen Stoughton [descendant of Edward III],
    settled at Littur, near Ballylongford, Co.Kerry, c.1673,
    High Sheriff of Co.Kerry 5th Dec 1678 - 24th Dec 1679 [O'Kief vol.6],
    will dated 8th June 1695,
    he died 1695, age est c.65 yrs.
    will pr 1695, see abstract of will in [MGH, 1883],
    Ellen died a widow 1696 [Index to Prerogative Wills],
    had issue:

    1. Martha Blennerhassett,
      mar 1stly [settlement 1685] to Frederick Mullins and had issue,
      he died 1695,
      she mar 2ndly to Henry Parr.

    2. Ellen Blennerhassett,
      mar her 1st cousin Charles Wren and had issue.
      The Wren family inherited Littur.

    3. Mary Blennerhassett, mar John Sandes [born 1668] and had issue.

  1. Mary Blennerhassett,
    mar 2ndly, pre-1655, to Capt. Thomas Wren and had issue.
    The Wren family inherited Littur.

  2. Lucy Blennerhassett,
    mar Lieut. John Walker and had issue:

    1. Martha Walker.
      She mar Thomas Shiercliffe, of Castlegregory, Killiney par, Co.Kerry.
      He was son of William Shiercliffe.
      Martha and Thomas had issue:

      1. Alice Shiercliffe,
        mar Edward Rice and had issue:

        1. Mary Rice, mar Richard Blennerhassett and had issue.


Wills of John Blennerhassett, of Ballycarty, proved 1676, and his son Thomas Blennerhassett, proved 1695.
From [Vicars' index of wills 1536-1810].
These were burnt in 1922.

Extract from elegy to this John's grandson John Blennerhassett (died 1709) by the Gaelic poet Aodhagán Ó Rathaille.
Ó Rathaille refers to him as "John, son of John, son of John of Ballyseedy".
From page 207 of [Dineen and O'Donoghue, 1911].

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