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Richard Francis Blennerhassett

Marriage of Richard Blennerhassett, 31 Oct 1798 [Tralee CoI par records].

Richard Francis Blennerhassett,
Richard Blennerhassett, born 23 May 1772.
See Wikitree and thepeerage.
[Hickson's annotated par records, 1880] say he was called "Dicky the Goose".
Lived at father's house Churchtown, near Killarney.
Richard Francis Blennerhassett of Churchtown witnessed [Deed, 1794].
Richard Francis Blennerhassett of Churchtown is party to his 1st cousin Richard Yeilding's marriage settlement in [Deed of Feb 1796].
Bill Jehan says he was JP for Co.Kerry 1796.
Listed as of Churchtown in his cousin's marriage settlement, May 1798.
Listed as of Blennerville, near Tralee, at marriage Oct 1798.

He mar 31 Oct 1798 [Tralee CoI par records] to Agnes Denny [born 1768].
Marriage settlement in [Deed of 30 Oct 1798].
Listed as of Blennerville in [Deed, 1800] and [Deed of Mar 1804].
He witnessed [Deed, Mar 1804].
He was a magistrate of Co.Kerry.
"Richard Francis Blennerhassett" of Tralee was elected church warden at Tralee, 23 Apr 1810 [Vestry Minutes Books, St.John's church, Tralee].
He is apparently "Richard Blennerhassett" mentioned in letter to Daniel O'Connell, 10 Feb 1811. See part 1 and part 2. From p.246 (letter 321) of [Correspondence of Daniel O'Connell, vol 1].

Duel with John O'Connell, 1813:
Richard fought a duel in Jan 1813 with Daniel O'Connell's brother John O'Connell (him age 40, O'Connell age 34).
[Letter from Richard Blennerhassett, Tralee, 26 Nov 1812] explains the story.
The background was the argument over Catholic emancipation. There was a riot about the issue in Tralee in August 1812. Richard said that he used his powers as a magistrate to call out the army to quell the rioting mob, and O'Connell used insulting language about him for doing so. Richard demanded a meeting to fight a duel. He says O'Connell repeatedly would not meet him under satisfactory conditions. After much argument, they met but were stopped by the Sheriff. At time of writing they had not actually fought.

They finally met to fight a duel with pistols on Tue 19 Jan 1813 at Crotto. Blennerhassett was supported by his friend Thomas Blennerhassett of Caherine [unidentified]. O'Connell was shot in mouth, seriously injured.
See item in Cork Mercantile Chronicle, 22 Jan 1813. [NLI] microfilm.
See item in The Times, 28 Jan 1813.
See long article part 1 and part 2 in Limerick Evening Post, 30 Jan 1813. [NLI] microfilm. It says: "The families of the O'Connells and Blennerhassets had previously been on the most amicable terms."
The aftermath of the duel is referred to in letter to Daniel O'Connell, 16 Feb 1813. Though Richard Blennerhassett is not mentioned by name. See part 1 and part 2. From p.318 (letter 407) of [Correspondence of Daniel O'Connell, vol 1].

He is probably Richard Blennerhassett of Blennerville who is party to [Deed, Feb 1816] with his father.
Richard dies, 1817:
He died without issue, Fri 28 Nov 1817 at Cahirciveen of a violent fever, age 45 yrs.
See Limerick Evening Post, Thur 4 Dec 1817.
See notice in The General Advertiser, or Limerick Gazette, 5 Dec 1817.
Bill Jehan says he was bur 5 Dec 1817. Where?
See notice in Saunders's News-Letter, 9 December 1817.
(todo) See "The Gentleman's Magazine", Dec 1817.

Agnes is party to [Deed, Mar 1825] and [Deed, Mar 1827]. Listed as of Tralee. Widow of Richard Francis, late of Tralee.
Agnes dies, 1842:
She died 11 Dec 1842, Tralee, age 74 [death notice]. Think NOT 19 Dec.
See notice in Freeman's Journal, 21 December 1842.
Will proved at Ardfert and Aghadoe 1843. Will would be burnt in 1922. See index of Ardfert wills.
See entry in Irish will index 1842-43. Executor James Huggard.

Richard Blennerhassett signs his public letter of 26 Nov 1812, explaining the dispute with John O'Connell.




Sources yet to be consulted


British Library letters

Correspondence of Robert Peel. [BL] Add MS 40181-40617.
Robert Peel was Chief Secretary for Ireland 1812-1818.
The Peel papers include correspondence with Richard Francis Blennerhassett of Tralee in 1813-17.
Also correspondence with William Gregory, Under-Secretary for Ireland 1812-1831.



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