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Blennerhassett (Riddlestown)


Name Description
Blennerhassett (Riddlestown) The Blennerhassett family acquired estates in county Kerry from the forfeitures of the Earl of Desmond in the late 16th century. In the late 17th century Edward Blennerhassett, son of Arthur of Loughgur, Bruff, county Limerick, married Elizabeth Windell, heiress to the Rice family of Riddlestown. The Riddlestown property was inherited by Edward’s nephew, Arthur Blennerhassett, who built the house circa 1730. Arthur was succeeded by his uncle Gerald and his descendants lived at Riddlestown throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. In the mid 19th century the Blennerhassett Riddlestown estate was in the parishes of Doondonnell and Rathkeale, barony of Connello Lower. In the 1870s it amounted to 1,142 acres. In 1840 Gerald Blennerhassett married Geraldine Anne, daughter of the Knight of Glin. John Blennerhassett of Rockfield was Gerald’s uncle. ‘’Irish Family Records’’ states that Riddlestown Park passed to the Knights of Glin following the death in 1904 of Clara Elizabeth Blennerhassett who married George Ralph Fosbery of Kilgobbin and Clorane in 1888. Mrs Fosbery’s aunt, Clara Anna, married in 1835, her first cousin, J.F.E. Fitzgerald, Knight of Glin.
Blennerhassett (Rockfield) This family was a junior branch of the Blennerhassett of Riddlestown family, parish of Doondonnell, barony of Connello Lower, county Limerick. In the mid 19th century the main part of John Brooke Blennerhassett’s estate was in the parish of Kilmoylan, barony of Shanid, but he also held land in the parish of Ballycahane, barony of Smallcounty. In the 1870s he owned 1,829 acres in county Limerick.
Ingoldsby (Cos Limerick & Clare) Henry and George Ingoldsby were Cromwellian soldiers who settled in county Limerick where they were granted lands in the mid 17th century. They were sons of Richard Ingoldsby and Elizabeth Cromwell. Henry Ingoldsby married a daughter of Sir Hardress Waller and George married Mary Gould, daughter of J. Goold and Thomasin daughter of Sir Thomas Browne of Hospital, county Limerick. Sir George Ingoldsby by his marriage to Mary Goold came to possess the lands of Corbally, north of Limerick city. The Reverend Fitzgerald records that he was also granted Ballybricken castle in the parish of Ludden, barony of Clanwilliam and a large tract of land around it. In 1712 his daughter Barbara married William Smythe of Barbavilla, county Westmeath. His son Richard Ingoldsby bought Carton in county Kildare in 1703 and represented Limerick city in Parliament from 1703 to 1712. Richard married Frances Naper of Loughcrew, county Meath and they had an only son Henry, who married a daughter of Sir Constantine Phipps. Henry Ingoldsby was a Lord Justice of Ireland and was Member of Parliament for Limerick city 1713-1714 and 1727-1731. He died in 1731 leaving two daughters Catherine and Frances his co heiresses. In 1734 Catherine married her cousin James Lennox Naper (later Dutton) of Loughcrew, a landowner in counties Meath and Westmeath. She died in 1742 leaving a son John Dutton, who died unmarried. By the 1730s the Ingoldsby estates were heavily encumbered, Carton was sold in 1738 to the Earl of Kildare. Frances was sent to live with her cousins the Blennerhassetts at Riddlestown, parish of Doondonnell, county Limerick. In 1743 she was abducted by Hugh Fitzjohn Massy (a first cousin of the 1st Baron Massy) from the rectory at Nantinan, barony of Connello Lower, where she was staying with the rector Reverend Thomas Royse and his wife, who had Ingoldsby connections. Frances and Hugh were married and he acquired the Limerick estates of his wife. They had a son and a daughter. The son Hugh Ingoldsby Massy of New-Garden married Anne Nash in 1769 and they had a son also named Hugh Ingoldsby Massy. Sir George Ingoldsby's brother Henry Ingoldsby also became a baronet and was granted many denominations of land under the Cromwellian settlement in county Clare. Lodge refers to Charles Ingoldsby of Clonderalagh, county Clare, a younger son of Sir Henry Ingoldsby of Beggstown, county Meath. Charles Ingoldsby held an estate in the barony of Clonderalaw, county Clare at the beginning of the 18th century. His daughter Angel or Anne married Robert Dillon 7th Earl of Roscommon.