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Rowland Blennerhassett, of Kells

Schoolbook dated April 1793 of Rowland Blennerhassett (born 26 Dec 1780).
At Long Ashton Academy, near Bristol. Rowland is age 12.
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Rowland Blennerhassett,
born 26 Dec 1780,
of Kells, Co.Kerry,
and of Day Place, Tralee town.
See Wikitree and thepeerage.
He was educated in England, at Long Ashton Academy, a school at Long Ashton near Bristol.
He is one of the "lives" in [Deed, May 1795]. Says he is age about 14.
Lived Blennerville, Co.Kerry.
Rowland Blennerhassett the younger of Blennerville is party to [Deed, Nov 1803]. Deed is about property in Blennerville.
He is one of the "lives" in [Deed, Mar 1804]. Listed as of Blennerville.
He is listed as of Blennerville at mar.

He mar 14 May 1808 [Tralee CoI par records] to Letitia Hurly [born 1784-1788].
Marriage settlement in [Deed, 12 May 1808].
Mar licence dated 14 May 1808. See p.25 and p.28 of [D950/1/9].
Living Blennerville 1810.
[Holden's Directory, 1811] lists "Rowland Blennerhassett junior, Blennerville".
He is party to [Deed, Aug 1815] with his father.
He witnessed [Deed, Feb 1816]. Listed as of Blennerville.

Listed at Tralee in [Deed, Apr 1821].
He witnessed [Deed, May 1822]. Listed as of Tralee.
Letitia was alive in Dec 1822 (last child).
Rowland is listed at Tralee in [Deed, May 1824].
He is party to [Deed, Mar 1825]. Listed as of Tralee.
He is party to [Deed, May 1826]. Listed at Tralee.
He is party to [Deed, 10 Mar 1827]. Listed as of Tralee. About house no. 6, Day Place, Tralee,
He is party to [Deed, 30 Mar 1827]. Listed as of Tralee.
He is listed at Tralee in Kerry Evening Post, 19 February 1831. He is "J.P."
He is listed at Tralee in Tralee Mercury, July 27, 1831.

Letitia dies, pre-1834:
She died before [Deed, June 1834].
Rowland is party to [Deed, June 1834]. Listed as of Tralee.
Rowland Blennerhassett of Tralee is listed in Record Panel for Spring Assizes, in Kerry Evening Post, February 28, 1835.
Rowland Blennerhassett, of Day Place, Tralee, a Protestant, is listed among Tralee Voters in 1835.
Listed as of Tralee in [Deed, Aug 1835] and [Deed, 11 Apr 1836].

In 1837 he purchased lands at Kells, Co.Kerry, and built a house "Holly Mount", later called "Kells Lodge" and "Kells House".
Living Day Place, Tralee, at death of son, Sept 1840.
Listed at Tralee in [Deed, Apr 1844].
He is listed at 6 Day Place, Tralee, on p.321 of [Slater's Directory, 1846].
Listed at Day Place, Tralee, in [Griffiths Valuation, 1851-1852].

Rowland dies, 1854:
He died at his residence, 6 Day Place, morning of Wed 12 Apr 1854, age 73 yrs.
See Kerry Evening Post, Wed 12 Apr 1854, [KCL] RR microfilm.
See notice in Freeman's Journal, 17 April 1854.
See notice in Saunders's News-Letter, 18 April 1854.
Will proved 1854. Will would be burnt in 1922.
See entry in Irish will index 1854-55. Executor Robert Blennerhassett of Mount Rivers.
Rowland and Letitia had issue:

  1. Millicent Agnes Blennerhassett,
    born at Blennerville, 15 Sept 1810, privately baptised.
    Named after grandmother.
    See transcript of notice in Ennis Chronicle, 26 Sept 1810. From here.
    (todo) See "General Advertiser", 26 Sept 1810.
    "Melicent Agnes" in bapt record and [Deed, May 1824] and marriage.
    "Mellicent Agnes" in [Deed, Apr 1821].
    She was left a huge inheritance of £1000 by her grandfather Sir Rowland who died in March 1821. See notes on his will. Her inheritance is dealt with in [Deed, Apr 1821].
    She is listed as of parish of Tralee at mar.
    Marriage settlement in [Deed, 11 Apr 1836].
    She mar morning of Tue 12 Apr 1836 to John Collis and had issue.
    See [Tralee CoI par records]. They were mar by her uncle Rev. Robert Conway Hurly.
    See item in Kerry Evening Post, Wed 13 Apr 1836.
    See notice in Saunders Newsletter, 20 April 1836.

  2. Mary Blennerhassett,
    born at Blennerville, 16 Nov 1811, privately baptised.
    She mar morning of Tue 19 Apr 1836 [one week after sister] to Rev. George Richard Purdon [born 1812] and had issue.
    They mar in Tralee church. See mar entry from here.
    They were mar by her uncle Rev. Robert Conway Hurly.
    See Kerry Evening Post, Wed 20 Apr 1836, [KCL] RR microfilm.
    See notice in Limerick Chronicle, 23 April 1836.

  3. John Hurly Blennerhassett,
    eldest son, born at Blennerville, 1 Dec 1812, privately baptised.
    He is one of the "lives" in [Deed, Aug 1815].
    He is listed at Tralee in Kerry Evening Post, 19 February 1831.
    He is party to [Deed, June 1834] with his father. Listed as of Tralee.
    He is party to [Deed, Aug 1835] with his father.
    Listed at Tralee at mar.
    He mar 1844 to Annabella Yeilding.
    He must be John Hurly Blennerhassett, 3 Day Place, Tralee (beside father's house) listed in Slater's Directory 1846.
    He died 14 Dec (or Oct) 1847, Tralee.
    Page 24 of [Rowan, 1846] says died 16 Oct 1847.
    (todo) See "The Cork Examiner", 20 Oct (or Dec) 1847.
    Annabella's will dated 23 May 1849. She is described as of Tralee.
    She died of cholera, 24 May 1849.
    Will proved 13 Aug 1849. Will burnt in 1922. But notes survive on p.21 of [D950/1/9].
    John and Annabella had issue:

    1. Letitia Blennerhassett,
      Letitia Melicent Blennerhassett, born 1847, Co.Kerry.
      She was orphaned in 1849.
      She is Letitia Blennerhassett, age 54, unmarried, who is listed in 1901 census as a "visitor" at Mount Keeffe, N of Newmarket, Co.Cork. This is the seat of the O'Keeffe family. At this time the home of the widow Wilhelmina O'Keeffe (formerly Wilhelmina Maunsell).
      She lived 2 Janeville (or Jane Ville), Tivoli Rd, Kingstown, Co.Dublin.
      She died unmarried, Co.Dublin, 3 Oct 1909.
      (todo) See Irish Times, 16 Oct 1909.
      Will pr 3 Nov 1909. See Dublin admin. Executors Henry M. Johnston, MD, and Richard Maunsell. See London admin.

  4. Letitia Blennerhassett,
    born at Blennerville, 6 July 1814, privately baptised,
    would be named after mother.
    She died Dec 1828, age 14 yrs, at her father's house, 6 Day Place, Tralee.
    See The Western Herald or Tralee and Killarney Advertiser, Mon 29 Dec 1828, [KCL] RR microfilm.
    See notice in Cork Constitution, 6 January 1829.

  5. Lucy Blennerhassett,
    born at Blennerville, 12 Jan 1816, privately baptised.
    Alive as at [Deed, May 1824].
    Alive as at cousin Charlotte's will 1843. Unmarried.
    Died before 1855 [parents' stained glass window].
    [Hickson's annotated par records, 1880] says she died unmarried.

  6. Alice Blennerhassett,
    born at Blennerville, 21 Aug 1817, privately baptised.
    Unmarried as at cousin Charlotte's will 1843.
    She mar Charles Chute. No issue.
    [Hickson, 1874, p.221] says he was son of "Pierce Chute of O'Brennan" (unidentified).
    She and sister Mary erected stained glass window to parents in 1855.

  7. Richard Francis Blennerhassett,
    born 26 April 1820,
    bapt 29 April 1820 [Tralee CoI par records],
    of Kells, Co.Kerry.

  8. Rowland Blennerhassett,
    Rowland Conway Blennerhassett,
    born at Tralee, 14 Dec 1822, privately baptised.
    Mentioned in [Deed, May 1824].
    He died in an accident, Wed 30 Sept 1840, age 17 yrs.
    See item in Kerry Evening Post, 3 October 1840.
    Page 24 of [Rowan, 1846] says he was "killed by a fall on the stone floor of a kitchen".
    He was buried in "the family vault at Droumavally" (Dromavally, Killorglin).

Marriage of Rowland Blennerhassett, 14 May 1808 [Tralee CoI par records].

Baptism of Richard Francis Blennerhassett, 29 April 1820 [Tralee CoI par records].

The other children were privately baptised in 1810 to 1822.
Later, in 1825, their baptisms were written into Tralee CoI par records.
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Abstract of [Deed, Aug 1835].
From pp.32-33 of Abstract of the Deeds Inrolled in Chancery, 1834-1839.

Stained glass window date 1855 to Rowland Blennerhassett and Letitia Hurly.
St.John the Evangelist's church, Tralee.
Erected by their daus Mary and Alice.
Photo 2016. See full size.


Extract from BLENNERHASSETT on pp.48-49 of [Debrett's baronetage, 1893].
This incorrectly says that Rowland was an MP.




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