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Major Arthur Blennerhassett, of Ballyseedy



Major Arthur Blennerhassett, of Ballyseedy,
born 26 June 1856.
His father died 1859.
He succ to Ballyseedy 1859 (age 3). Held it for 80 yrs.
He re-modelled Ballyseedy in 1880. Gave the main S block a medieval-revival look.
He mar 1882 to Nesta Fitzgerald [Clara Nesta Fitzgerald].
See Nesta and daughters listed at Ballyseedy in 1911 census.
He died 3 May 1939, age 82 yrs.
Major Arthur and Nesta had issue:


  1. Hilda Blennerhassett, born 1884.
    Her father died 1939.
    Hilda was the last Blennerhassett living in Ballyseedy.
    At some point, she became friendly with Gwenfra Morgan, mother of Sir Adrian Blennerhassett, 7th Baronet, whose father had died in 1940. Sir Adrian and his mother would holiday in Kerry and stay at Ballyseedy.
    Gwenfra died in 1956 and the 7th Baronet (age only 16) became an orphan.
    Hilda had the problem of who to leave Ballyseedy to. It was thought she considered leaving it to her Fitzgerald relations.
    In the end she decided to leave it to her very remote cousin, the 7th Baronet.
    She corresponded with Pat Lavelle in 1965. See [PAT/15].
    She died unmarried, 1965, age 81 yrs.
    She left Ballyseedy to the 7th Baronet (who sold it in 1967).




Grave of Major Arthur Blennerhassett (died 1939).
Ballyseedy Protestant graveyard.
See larger and full size.
Photo 2004 from Bill Jehan.
See also 2002 photo from Kate Healy Coburn.



Grave of Major Arthur Blennerhassett (died 1939) and his wife and daughters.
Ballyseedy Protestant graveyard.
See larger and full size.
Photo 2004 from Bill Jehan.



Grave of Hilda Blennerhassett (died 1965). Close-up of above.



Grave of Hilda Blennerhassett (died 1965).
Photo 2002. From Kate Healy Coburn.



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