The Blacketts were a Northumberland family with their seat at Wylam, Newcastle on Tyne. In 1852 Montague Blackett bought the Greenhills demesne, near Moneygall, county Tipperary, from the Minchin family (see http://www.igp-web.com/tipperary/estates/est_news.htm) In May 1852 Montague's brother Edward Algernon Blackett married Lucy daughter of the Reverend William Minchin of Greenhills. He purchased Lots 3 and 4 of the Greenhills estate for sale in 1852, 1194 acres in county Tipperary and 500 acres in King's County (Offaly). He also purchased parts of the Biggs estate in the same year. In the 1870s their son Edward Blackett of Wylam, Northumberland, owned 614 acres in county Tipperary and 491 acres in King's County (Offaly).
Contemporary printed sources
- PARLIAMENTARY PAPERS. ''Return of owners of land of one acre and upwards, in the several counties .... in Ireland''. HC 1876, LXXX: 158
- HUSSEY DE BURGH, U. H. ''The Landowners of Ireland. An alphabetical list of the owners of estates of 500 acres or £500 valuation and upwards in Ireland''. Dublin: Hodges, Foster and Figgis, 1878. [available online at www.askaboutireland.ie] : 36
Modern printed sources
- BURKE, Sir Bernard. ''A genealogical and heraldic history of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland''. London: Harrison & Sons, 1886: I, 149
- ''The Freeman's Journal'': Encumbered Estates Sales: 28 June 1852, p.4.