Capt. Robert Blennerhassett, of Castle Conway
Tomb of Avice Conway.
This is part of an 18th century reading of the now-vanished
tomb at Castle Conway
"Here also lies Avice, mother of said John [Blennerhassett], who was drowned at sea in April 1683."
(1663 is an error.)
Capt. Robert Blennerhassett
of Castle Conway, born est c.1622.
Descendant of Edward III
Irish Confederate Wars
mar perhaps around 1660 to
[poss. descendant of Edward III
Castle Conway, Killorglin
which now passed into the Blennerhassett family.
He was MP for
1674 (NOT 1634).
High Sheriff of Co.Kerry
4 Jan 1682 - 23 Nov 1682 [O'Kief
The old Castle Conway was a
ruin as at 1682.
Avice drowned at sea in April
1683 (NOT 1663).
She was bur in the chapel at Castle Conway.
See her now-vanished
tomb at Castle Conway
Capt. Robert and Avice
- John Blennerhassett, "Black Jack",
born 1665, Co.Kerry,
of Castle Conway.
- Conway Blennerhassett.
- Thomas Blennerhassett,
born est c.1670.
Supporter of William of Orange.
imprisoned at Galway and Dublin with his brother Black Jack in 1689-1690.
He mar Jane Darby.
He would be Thomas Blennerhassett of Tralee
[Deed of Nov 1728]
and died before 1750.
His will dated 1743.
He may be Thomas Blennerhassett of Tralee whose will was proved 1747.
[Burkes Irish, 1976, p.138] has him fl c.1773
but this is an error for fl 1733.
Thomas and Jane
Father of Thomas Blennerhassett, Treasurer of Co.Kerry.
- Avice Blennerhassett,
mar Rev. Thomas Collis
and had issue.
- Alice Blennerhassett, mar her 1st cousin Thomas Hurly and had issue.
- Jane Blennerhassett,
mar 1stly (NOT 2ndly) to her 1st cousin John Hurly,
mar 2ndly, 9th Feb 1731 (think NOT Aug) to
Maurice O'Connell and had issue.
- Henry Blennerhassett, of Gortmasherry, Co.Kerry,
born est c.1675.
- Catherine Blennerhassett,
mar Richard McLoughlin
and had issue:
- Avice McLoughlin,
mar c.1704 to John Mason,
see MASON in [King],
- James Mason,
- Elizabeth Mason, mar 1760 to Dr. Robert Emmet and had issue.
- John Mason, mar Jane Hurly.
- Avice Blennerhassett, mar Thomas Spring and had issue.
- Alice Blennerhassett, mar Walter Spring and had issue.
- Lucy Blennerhassett,
mar Jean Plaguavan and had issue:
- Jane Plaguavan,
mar John Poujade and had issue:
- Mary Poujade,
mar Henry Blennerhassett and had issue.
- Anne Blennerhassett, mar 1701 to Dennis Hurly and had issue.
The remaining ruined wall of Castle Conway
Now in a beer garden.
points out this snippet about the
This is from a long item by John T. O'Flaherty in the
Tralee Chronicle, 4 April 1846, p.3.
"In that ferocious service ...
Captain Blennerhassett ... [a] benevolent and high-minded individual had, so far as he could have gone, rescued the lives of hundreds of innocent persons from torture and death.
O'Sullivan More, of Dunkerron Castle, had been betrayed, handed over to Nelson, and summarily put to death, Blennerhassett, on receiving the intelligence, exclaimed, with tears,
"Alas for that brave and generous Irishman, who had always given quarter to my men!""
the ruthless Cromwellian Governor of Kerry and Desmond from
1652 to 1658.
Gerald O'Carroll says "Captain Blennerhassett"
is the Cromwellian Capt. Robert Blennerhassett.
was killed is not clear.