Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Blennerhassett (Ballyseedy & Beaufort)

Smith states that the Blennerhassett family were originally from Cumbria, in the north of England. The first to settle in Kerry was Robert who married, Elizabeth, daughter of Captain Jenkin Conway, from whom the subsequent generations of Blennerhassetts claim their descent. John Blennerhassett was granted an estate of 2,787 acres in the barony of Trughanacmy, county Kerry and 2,039 acres in the barony of Fermoy, county Cork under the Acts of Settlement in 1666. The representatives of Sir. A. Blennerhassett were among the principal lessors of lands in the parish of Knockane, Barony of Dunkerron North, at the time of Griffith’s Valuation. Rev. William Blennerhassett was among the principal lessors in the parish of Ballincuslane while Charles Blennerhassett held lands in the parishes of Ballymacelligott, Ballyseedy and Currans, barony of Trughanacmy at the same time. In 1861 and 1862, Henry Blennerhassett, MD, and others, offered for sale in the Landed Estates Court rentals of lands in the barony of Fermoy, county Cork and Dunkerron, county Kerry as well as houses in the town of Tralee. These lots were purchased in trust by Messers. McNevin and Russell. In 1865, houses in Dublin and Tralee as well as lands in the barony of Clanmaurice, were offered for sale by the trustees of John Blennerhassett. The Tralee houses were purchased by Mr. Devlin while the lands were purchased by Mr. Neligan and Mr. William Sullivan, in trust. The estate of Sir Rowland Blennerhassett of Churchtown, Beaufort, amounted to over 8000 acres in the 1870s.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Churchtown Churchtown Knockane Killarney Churchtown 76 Dunkerron North Kerry OSI Ref: V854921
OS Sheet: 65
Discovery map: 78
Killiney Killiney Killiney Dingle Castlegregory Corkaguiny Kerry OSI Ref: Q606127
OS Sheet: 35, 36
Discovery map: 71
Arabela House Arabela Ballymacelligott Tralee Arabela 161 Trughanacmy Kerry OSI Ref: Q910121
OS Sheet: 39
Discovery map: 71
Shanvally Gortshanvally Ballymacelligott Tralee Arabela 161 Trughanacmy Kerry OSI Ref: Q910130
OS Sheet: 30
Discovery map: 71
Kilquane Kilquane Ballymacelligott Tralee Arabela 161 Trughanacmy Kerry OSI Ref: Q894137
OS Sheet: 30
Discovery map: 71
Ballycarty House Ballycarty Ballyseedy Tralee Trughanacmy Kerry OSI Ref: Q883120
OS Sheet: 38
Discovery map: 71
Ballyseedy Castle Ballyseedy Ballyseedy Tralee Ballyseedy 162 Trughanacmy Kerry OSI Ref: Q884125
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 71
Riverville (Currans) Urrohogal Currans Killarney Currans 87 Trughanacmy Kerry OSI Ref: Q927064
OS Sheet: 39
Discovery map: 71
Ash Hill House Ash Hill Ballymacelligott Tralee Arabela 161 Trughanacmy Kerry OSI Ref: Q897107
OS Sheet: 39
Discovery map: 72

Archival sources

  • Genealogical notes on Blenerhassett of Churchtown by Charles French Blake Foster, c 1865. MS 13,560; National Library of Ireland
  • 18th cent-19th cent: family and estate papers; National Library of Ireland
  • Leighton Hall Collection: papers of the Browne family of Riverstown, county Cork including leases and other Blennerhassett of Ballyseedy estate material. Deposits 823 & 1846; Shropshire Archives
  • Copy made by A.B. Rowan of genealogical memoranda compiled c.1735 by John Blennerhassett. Ms. 5629; National Library of Ireland
  • Papers relating to Chancery case, 1889, relating to marriage settlement of Edward Blennerhassett and Cherry Rothwell [1862], concerning lands in county Kerry. M.5409 (1-7); National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Blennerhassett of Ballycarty, Ballyseedy, Litter & Rosbeigh, county Kerry and St. Louis, Missouri, includes descent from Conway & Herbert families, c.1600-1911 Genealogical Office Ms. 182, 124-126. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of indentures of marriage settlement of Frederick Mullins to Martha Blennerhassett, 1683. . Genealogical Office Ms.3, 131-132 & Ms.95, 16-19. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of volume of Blennerhasssett pedigrees. n.4816, p.3887; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of confirmation of Arms to Rowland Blennerhassett of Blennerville, county Kerry. 1808. Genealogical Office Ms.105, 53. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of the Blennerhassett & Eager families with some notes on the Crosbie family. compiled by F.J. Eager, 1840. Ms.4112.; National Library of Ireland
  • Rowan Collection: legal papers & accounts relating to Blennerhassett family, c.1766-1834. Ms. 20,611. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Rowan Collection: Assignment by Richard Carrique Ponsonby of Tralee of judgement for £200 obtained by him against Rev. Conway Blennerhassett, 1831. D.26,701. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Incomplete marraige settlement of Robert Blennerhassett & Catherine Hickson, 1807. D.27,079. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Rowan Papers: genealogical notes and pedigrees, mostly relating to Denny family of county Kerry with some information on Blennerhassett & Conway families, c.1909. Ms. 15,458. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Rowan Papers: Leases by Arthur & Jane Blennerhassett of lands in the barony of Trughanacmy, 1782-1803. D.26,671-26,692. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Rowan Papers: Part of marriage settlement of Frederick Mullins of Burnham & Mary Blennerhassett of Ballyseedy, 1747. D.26,713. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of Denny-Blennerhassett deed relating to lands at in county Kerry, 1590. Ms.14,347. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Lease by the Earl of Glandore, Jane Blennerhassett & others of property in Castleisland and Cahirnarard, to Garret Fleming & James Cotter. 1800. D.26,699. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy will & probate of Thomas Baron Ventry (1825) & court records re Godfrey & Blennerhassett lands & fisheries, c 1667-1869. Small Accessions Index 1/141, T.878-879; National Archives of Ireland
  • Documents re Blennerhasset & Marshall property, Co Kerry, 1713-1870. Mrs G.A. Ruth Collection, Small Collections Index 83. T.3649-3652, CO 2122-2142, M.941-943, D.11260-11294; National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Blennerhassett, 12 November 1861, Vol 63, MRGS 39/032, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Blennerhassett, 8 July 1862, Vol 66, MRGS 39/033, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Blennerhassett, 5 May 1865, Vol 76, MRGS 39/037, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Blennerhassett family (Leader Collection); Irish Genealogical Research Society Library
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey, 1942-43: Parish of Ballymacelligott (Ballyseedy); Kerry Library, Local History & Archives Section

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