Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.
Went to Dublin:
Notes of Rev. Thomas Enraght Lindsay say Blennerhassett was expected to be the "gentleman of the family".
He was said to be educ Trinity College, Dublin. But there is no record of him in [TCD Alumni].
Notes of Rev. Thomas Enraght Lindsay say he was "introduced to the Lord Lieutenant and invited to the Castle receptions etc."
The notes say he became a "friend" of the Chief Secretary for Ireland at the time, George Howard, later the 7th Earl of Carlisle (born 1802, see DNB), who was then (1825-48) styled "Viscount Morpeth", and who was Chief Secretary for Ireland 1835-41.
Note that Sir Arthur Helps (who had married Blennerhassett's 1st cousin Bessie Fuller in 1836) went to Ireland in 1839 or 1840 as private secretary to Viscount Morpeth. This must be how Blennerhassett met Morpeth.
Later, Viscount Morpeth became 7th Earl of Carlisle 1848 and was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1855-58 and 1859-64.
[Deed, 1841] appears to be Blennerhassett claiming his share of Louisa Ponsonby's inheritance. He is described as then of Dublin.
Notes of Rev. Thomas Enraght Lindsay say "Unfortunately he followed the prevailing example of Irish gentry in pleasure hunting and carousing. He left Dublin without a degree for home where he sank sadly."
He might be "Lindsay Blenner" who sp the baptism of
John Mahony of Tarbert, 1 Apr 1853,
[Ballylongford RC par records],
except this was a Catholic baptism.
At mar 1854 he is listed as "Emigration Agent" of Tralee.
He mar 6 Aug 1854, Tralee [Tralee Protestant par records], [GROI] [him age 35, her age 39]
to Anne Gallagher [or Ann, or Annie, born 1815, dau of William Gallagher].
She is listed at mar as of Tarbert, NOT Tralee.
Notes of Rev. Thomas Enraght Lindsay say she was "of a much lower station in life" than he was. Though at mar her father is listed as "Gentleman".
Clerk of the Petty Sessions at Tarbert:
He went back to Tarbert.
He is listed in Tarbert Market shareholders, 1855. He has just one share, value £5. He apparently signs the list of shareholders.
He is shown at Tarbert in Tralee Chronicle, 14 July 1857.
See entry for him in [1858 Cash book] of Leslie estate at Tarbert. Refers to Lindsay paying rent for property in Tarbert and Tieraclea (see map of townlands). Refers to him as "Blenner Lindsay".
He is listed at Tieraclea Lower here and here and also at Tarbert in [1859 Rental] of Leslie estate at Tarbert.
See Leslie estate 1860-70 accounts for Blennerhassett Lindsay and heirs, property in Tieraclea and Tarbert. Refers to him as "Blenner Lindsay".
He is listed as Clerk of the Petty Sessions at Tarbert in [Thom's, 1862].
Note that his family held the old Sessions House on Chapel St in which Petty Sessions were held.
His father died April 1862.
Notes of Rev. Thomas Enraght Lindsay say "He was very litigious, claimed whole of father's estate".
See instructions for lease, 15 Oct 1862, of Bridewell Street property in Tarbert town. Note shows that as of 1862 he did not live in this property. (Though he may be moving in.) See draft of lease 1862-63. [Draft lease, Apr 1868] says this 1862 lease was never finalised before his death.
He is listed as "gentleman", "farmer", of Tarbert, at his death 1864 [NAI], [GROI].
Blennerhassett dies, 1864:
[Draft lease, Apr 1868] says his will was dated 25 Oct 1864.
He died Tarbert, 28 Oct 1864 [GROI], [NAI], [Lindsay family tree], or 24 Oct [grave], age 45 yrs, of pneumonia.
See death cert from [GROI].
He was bur Aghavallen church.
Notes of Rev. T.E. Lindsay say there was an entry in Aghavallen parish register (possibly now lost) which said he was bur 31 Oct 1864.
Admin (with will) granted 9 Feb 1865 to widow, "effects under £400", no papers survive in [NAI].
Anne is listed in
1866 Rent book
of Leslie estate,
paying rent for
Tieraclea and Tarbert.
She is also the "Mrs.Lindsay" listed in 1867 Rent book for Tieraclea and Tarbert. (Because the rent values are the same as in 1866.)
See [Draft lease, Apr 1868] of Bridewell Street property in Tarbert town, lease from Robert Leslie to Anne Lindsay. See also [Draft lease, Aug 1868].
1869 Rent book of Leslie estate lists the "Reps." (Representatives) of Blennerhassett Lindsay at properties no.36 and 44 in Lower Tieraclea.
Anne Lindsay appears in Tarbert Petty Sessions, 27 Apr 1869, charged with letting her cows "to wander on the public road at Shanaway". See image.
"Ann Lindsay" of Tarbert appears as a complainant in Tarbert Petty Sessions, 21 June 1870. She has served notice on a monthly tenant of hers in a house at Tieraclea Lower, but the tenant has not left. See image.
See Leslie estate 1870-78 accounts for Blennerhassett Lindsay heirs, property in Tieraclea and Tarbert.
"Ann Lindsay" of Tarbert was granted (or had renewed) a publican's licence at Tarbert Petty Sessions, 16 Oct 1871. See image.
Anne dies, 1871:
She is listed as "gentleman's widow" at death.
She died Tarbert, Sat 30 Dec 1871, of senile gangrene, age 56 yrs [NAI], [GROI], [death notice], did NOT die 1891.
She was bur 2 January 1872 [Kilnaughtin (Tarbert) Protestant par records].
See death notice, Kerry Evening Post, 3 Jan 1872, [NLI] microfilm.
Her will proved 5 January 1875 at Principal Registry, Dublin, "effects under £600" [NAI].
Further admin of estate, 17 Feb 1877, "effects unadministered under £5" [NAI].
[Leslie letter of 1886] queries about rent due from the representatives of Blennerhassett Lindsay.
Blennerhassett Lindsay signs an open letter, Listowel, Co.Kerry, 26 Nov 1859, paying tribute to Henry Smith, Sub Inspector, Irish Constabulary, Co.Kerry, on his leaving the county.
From Tralee Chronicle, 9 December 1859.
George Howard, 7th Earl of Carlisle.
Gallagher's hotel (later O'Connor's hotel), corner of Chapel St and Church St, Tarbert:
After Gallagher, the hotel had various owners.
Then Tim O'Connor of Tarbert Island took it over in early 20th century.
The hotel was heavily re-modelled c.2002. But it was not demolished. The old building is still there behind the new exterior.
It is now The Ferry House hostel. See street view.
O'Connor's hotel, Tarbert. Photo c.1942.
See larger and full size.
From [Lynch, 2008, p.168]. Used with permission.
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