Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.


My ancestors - Blennerhassett - Contents

Thomas Blennerhassett, of Flimby

Thomas Blennerhassett,
of Flimby Hall, Flimby, Cumberland (Cumbria).
MP for City of Carlisle for various dates in 1584 to 1611.

Granted lands in Ireland:
He was granted lands in Ireland in 1590 by Sir Edward Denny, Governor of Kerry and Desmond, as part of the Munster Plantation.
He was granted the forfeited Desmond estate of Ballycarty Castle, in Ballyseedy parish, near Tralee, Co.Kerry.
Bill Jehan has established that the grant of lands in Co.Kerry to Blennerhassett was dated 14 Aug 1590.
[Manuscript of 1654] by Thomas' grandson John Blennerhassett, of Ballycarty says the deeds granting Ballycarty, Ballyseedy and other lands "granted, and rendered unto my grand-father by Sir Edward Denny Kt" are dated 29 Aug 1590 (32 Elizabeth). However Bill Jehan says that is the date rent was due (feast day of John the Baptist) rather than date of grant.
Thomas visited Ireland, "at an advanced age".
He and his son appear in the petition of 1598 from early settlers who had to flee Kerry in the insurrection of 1598.
He returned to Cumberland, but his son Robert stayed in Kerry, and was ancestor of Blennerhassett there.

Thomas was Mayor of Carlisle for various dates in 1597 to 1623 (the later dates must surely be another family member).
He had issue:

  1. John Blennerhassett,
    of Flimby Hall, Cumberland (Cumbria).
    Ancestor of Blennerhassett of Flimby Hall (stayed in family until sold 1772).

  2. Robert Blennerhassett,
    born est c.1570,
    of Ballycarty, Co.Kerry,
    settled in Ireland.

The signatures of Thomas Blennerhassett and his son Robert Blennerhassett on the petition of 1598.
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A reading of the signatures on the petition by Sir Henry Denny, 7th Baronet.
He notes that this is Thomas and Robert Blennerhassett, the first two settlers of that name in Kerry.


Flimby Hall, Flimby, Cumberland

Flimby Hall, E end of Wedgwood Road, Flimby (thus spelt now), on coast, Cumberland (Cumbria).
Manor purchased by John Blennerhassett 1547.
Seat of Thomas Blennerhassett, who was granted lands in Ireland 1590.
William Blennerhassett succeeded to Flimby 1765.
He built the new Flimby Hall (the current building) 1766. It has initials W.B and date 1766.
William Blennerhassett sold it out of the family 1772.
It is now Flimby Hall farm.

Flimby Hall, Flimby, Cumbria.
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From Google Street View.

Flimby, Cumberland.
From here on 1867 map.
Flimby Hall is the building above and to the left of the word "Hall".


Flemby, Co.Kerry


Flemby townland, Ballymacelligott par, SE of Tralee, Co.Kerry, on 1829 to 1842 map.
Flemby is named after the Blennerhassetts' ancestral English home of Flimby, Cumbria [King].
See modern map and satellite.

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