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My Royal Descent

Royal Descents are not as unusual as you might think. In the West, your family tree tends to either (a) end in obscurity after a few generations, or (b) goes on to connect with the vast, inter-connected web of medieval gentry, nobility, and eventually Royalty, in Europe. There is a single vast family tree of the West, from which millions of people are provably descended. Showing your descent from medieval Royalty is probably the most convenient way of showing your connection to the Western family tree.

  


The discovery of my Blennerhassett Royal Descent

This is in fact the golden age of genealogy, when you can be born without a Royal Descent, set off to look for one, and finally, triumphantly, connect with the Western family tree. In the future, everyone will have a known Royal Descent at birth, which won't be half as much fun.

This is exactly my story. Starting in 1985, I became aware that my Blennerhassett line might connect to the Western family tree. For decades I gathered evidence, but could not solve it. In 2020, DNA testing finally proved that we descend from the Blennerhassett Baronets branch.

See Proof of our descent from Blennerhassett for the proof that we descend from the Blennerhassett Baronets branch. That we descend from this branch is proven, but the exact descent is unproven. The most likely theory is that the mother of George Blennerhassett Cashel (born 1807) is a daughter of Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, 1st Baronet (born 1740 or 1741) and his wife Millicent Agnes Yielding (born 1742). No other theory really explains the DNA evidence.

It remains to prove this from paper, to confirm from paper records what the DNA says must exist.

This gives me a Royal Descent. The most recent English monarch I descend from is Edward III (died 1377).


  

Edward III (died 1377).
The most recent English monarch that I descend from.




The descent of Sir Rowland Blennerhassett

Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, 1st Baronet has a number of Royal Descents. We show the most recent one.

As explained on the page: Proof of our descent from Blennerhassett, our family's descent somehow from the 1st Baronet's father is proven. But the exact descent is unproven. The most likely theory is that George Cashel's mother is daughter of the 1st Baronet.

The story in our family is that George Cashel's mother was "Letitia" so we will keep that name here. But the only known daughter of the 1st Baronet is Melisent Blennerhassett, baptised 1768. She may be George Cashel's mother and "Letitia" is an error.

Dates of birth (known or estimated) are added, except in the section where that would be too complex.




                               Edward III (born 1312)
                                |
                 +--------------+----------------------------------------+ 
                 |                                                       |
                John of Gaunt                                           Edmund Plantagenet
                 |                                                       |
                Joan de Beaufort                                        Constance Plantagenet       
                 |                                                       |
      +----------+-------------------------------+                      Isabel le Despencer
      |                                          |                       |
     1st Earl of Salisbury                      3rd Baron Abergavenny   Elizabeth Beauchamp
      |                                          |                       |
     Alice Neville                               +----------+------------+
      |                                                     |
     Elizabeth Fitz-Hugh                                   4th Baron Abergavenny
      |                                                     |
     Catherine Vaux                                        Sir Edward Neville, Kt.
      |                                                     |
     Clement Throckmorton                                  Catherine Neville
      |                                                     |
      +-------------------------+---------------------------+
                                |
                               Martha Throckmorton (born 1551)
                                |
                               George Lynne (born c.1570)
                                |
                               Martha Lynne (born c.1601) == John Blennerhassett
                                |                            descendant of Henry I
                                |
                               Robert Blennerhassett (born c.1622) == Avice Conway
                                |                                     descendant of Henry I
                                |
                               Henry Blennerhassett (born c.1675)
                                |          
                               Robert Blennerhassett (born c.1705)
                                |          
                               Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, 1st Baronet (born 1740-41)
                                |
                               "Letitia" Blennerhassett (born maybe 1768)   
                                |                                          
                               George Blennerhassett Cashel (born 1807)               
                                |                                          
                               Blennerhassett Cashel (born 1848)                      
                                |                                          
                               Agnes Cashel (born 1870)                               
                                |                                          
                               Eithne O'Mara (born 1908)                              
                                |                                          
                               Richard Humphreys (born 1937)                          
                                |                                          
                               Mark Humphrys == Elizabeth Gibbon
                                                descendant of Edward III                                





Most recent titled ancestor

As explained on the page: Proof of our descent from Blennerhassett, we probably descend from the 1st Baronet himself rather than his sibling.

So my most recent titled ancestor is:

Before him, however, you have to go back a long way to find any more. The most recent apart from him are:





Sir Rowland Blennerhassett is made a Baronet.
From The London Gazette, 29 August 1809.


  

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