Blennerhassett of Co.Kerry
I descend from
the Cashel family,
who descend from the
family of Ireland,
though from what branch is not clear.
This is my possible connection to the western family tree.
See graph summary of
the evidence so far.
- Blennerhassett family tree,
ongoing since 1968.
Old copy in
in [Burkes Irish, 1976]
by Brian Fitzelle
in [Burkes Peerage]
- BLENNERHASSETT in [Foster's Peerage, 1881]
- BLENNERHASSETT in [King]
- Ms sources:
- English branch:
- "The Blennerhassetts of Kerry: Earlier English Stock",
Kerry Archaeological Magazine,
July 1919, vol.5 no.21 p.34-9.
This is a summary, by "S.M." and James Franklin Fuller,
of a 50 page Ms written by David Elisha Davy.
This Ms is in the Davy collection,
[BL] Add. Ms. 19118, folio 348-67.
It is NOT with the Fuller papers in the [RIA].
- Sources yet to be consulted:
Blennerhasset village (thus spelt now), Cumbria. The village green.
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From Google Street View
See satellite view
The family takes its name from the village of
(thus spelt now),
on the River Ellen,
E of Aspatria,
N England (nr Scottish border).
The family took their name from this place
but they did not have lands there
(or at least, not since 12th cent).
Their main lands
were at Carlisle, Cumbria:
Richard de Blennerhassett,
of Carlisle, N Cumbria,
mar Joan Skelton [dau of Sir Clement Skelton by his wife Joan de Orton,
dau of Sir Gyles de Orton, of Great Orton],
she was co-heiress of Great Orton, just W of Carlisle, Cumbria
she died 1450,
- John de Blennerhassett,
of Great Orton, Cumbria, eldest son,
Mayor of Carlisle, various dates 1430-55.
of Flimby Hall,
(thus spelt now),
on coast, S of Maryport, W Cumbria,
Manor of Flimby purchased 1547,
of Flimby Hall, Flimby, Cumbria,
claimed in 1578 the
of the Rectory of Great Orton, Cumbria,
as co-heir of Sir Gyles de Orton,
ancestor of Blennerhassett of Co.Kerry.
Almost all male line Blennerhassetts in the world today seem to descend from the Irish branch.
The Cumbria male line seems extinct.
Sir Ralph de Blennerhassett, Kt..
made out by
James Franklin Fuller
and full size
See also arms
Bill Jehan's site
Blennerhassett arms on Ballyseedy House, Co.Kerry.
Photo apparently 2008. From
See wider shot.
See 2014 shot
from Bob Frewen.
- The name is sometimes found shortened to "Hassett".
- There is a legend that the name came from a Blenner
marrying a Hassett, but this is nonsense.
- There is also a legend that the name derives
This is also nonsense.
- Hassett surname discussion forum