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Blennerhassett of Co.Kerry

I descend from the Cashel family, who descend from the Blennerhassett 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 arms on Ballyseedy House.
Photo apparently 2008. From Bill Jehan.
See also arms from Bill Jehan's site.



The family takes its name from the village of Blennerhasset (thus spelt now), on the River Ellen, E of Aspatria, Allerdale district, Cumbria (formerly Cumberland), N England (nr Scottish border). See map.
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 (see map),
she died 1450,
had issue:


  1. John de Blennerhassett,
    of Great Orton, Cumbria, eldest son,
    Mayor of Carlisle, various dates 1430-55.

    Ancestor of:

    1. John Blennerhassett,
      of Flimby Hall, Flimby (thus spelt now), on coast, S of Maryport, W Cumbria,
      Manor of Flimby purchased 1547,
      died 1578,
      had issue:

      1. Thomas Blennerhassett,
        of Flimby Hall, Flimby, Cumbria,
        claimed in 1578 the advowson of the Rectory of Great Orton, Cumbria, as co-heir of Sir Gyles de Orton,
        granted Ballycarty in Ballyseedy par, Co.Kerry,
        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.


  2. Sir Ralph de Blennerhassett, Kt..



Blennerhasset village, Cumbria.
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From Google Maps.
See street view of village green.






Hassett





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