Blennerhassett Family Tree
Genealogy one-name study      by Bill Jehan
Inscription at
Tiger Gap Cemetery
Nagpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
(formerly Central Provinces)
Sir Arthur Charles Francis Henry Maria Bernard Blennerhassett, Bart. BA, JP, ICS,
5th Baronet of Blennerville in Co.Kerry, Ireland (1871-1915)

Indian Civil Service (Indian Civil Sendee) 1895-1915

Born 14-Apr-1871 at Munich, Bavaria, Germany, son and heir of Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, Bart. (4th Baronet of Blennerville) of Churchtown, Co.Kerry & London; and his wife Lady Blennerhassett, formerly Charlotte Julia Gräfin (i.e. Countessvon Leyden, of Munich, Bavaria.
(NOTE:  Charlotte used de Leyden instead of von Leyden for French language publications).

Educated Balliol College, Oxford, BA 1895 (not 1894)
["The Oxford and Cambridge Yearbook" 1904, p.60]
[The India List and India Office List 1905 - Record of Services]

Arthur Blennerhassett entered the Indian Civil Service 4-Nov-1895, posted to the Central Provinces Commission.
Assistant Commissioner (a.k.a. Deputy Commissioner) Central Provinces from 1908, at Nagpur, Wardha, Saugor, Damoh, Jubbulpore, Raipur, Seoni and Yeotmal. Under-Secretary (3rd Secretary) to the Chief Commissioner in Revenue Department, Financial and Revenue Secretary 1912.
Chief Secretary to the Chief Commissioner, Central Provinces from 22-Oct-1914.
Member of the Legislative Council. JP (Justice of the Peace, Magistrate) for the Central Provinces.
Before 1903 he wrote a monograph on cotton fabrics of the Central Provinces:

["Indian Art at Delhi, 1903. Being the official catalogue of the Delhi Exhibition, 1902-1903" by Sir George West]

Arthur Blenerhasett married 12-Jul-1899 at Haidenburg, Bavaria to Maria Franziska (Mary Frances) Friederike Mathilde Freiin (i.e. Lady) von Aretin
(b.10-Sep-1876 Haidenburg, d.9-Sep-1950 London) only daughter & heir of Ludwig Joseph Maria Adam Anton Freiherr (i.e. Baron) von Aretin of Haidenberg (b.19-Mar-1845 d.5-Feb-1884) and his wife Mary Louise Howard (b.4-Feb-1850 d.10-Sep-1940).

Their son and heir Lt. Marmaduke Casimir Henry Joseph Blennerhassett (b.20-Nov-1902 d.25-May-1940) was an engineer who during WW2 served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and was KIA on H.M.S. Greyhound while evacuating troops from Dunkirk.

As a widow Mary Frances Blennerhassett was interpreter/translator at the League of Nations. Jesus Baigorri-Jalon (University of Salamanca) in "From Paris to Nuermberg: The birth of conference interpreting" (2014), discussing the academic and social background of interpreters at the League of Nations, on p.86 writes:

"Lady Blennerhassett is the only one on Parodi's list with a title of nobility. She was the widow of a hereditary baronet of Irish descent, and she was also the only daughter of Baron Ludwig von Aretin of Haidenburg, Bavaria, later of Munich. She had married in 1899 at the age of 23 and had her only son in 1902. Her husband, Sir Arthur Blennerhassett, had joined the civil service in India in 1895, and he eventually became chief secretary of the government of the Central Provinces in that colony. He was holding that office when he died, suddenly, in January 1915 at the age of 43. In 1919 Lady Blennerhassett came in first on the exams, and in 1932, when Dennis was promoted to chief of the Document Service, she became head of the English section of the Interpreting and Translating Service."

Arthur succeed his father as 5th Baronet Blennerhassett of Blennerville in Co.Kerry 1909.

Of Nagpur, India and of 54 Rutland Gate, London S.W. in 1915.
Clubs: Wellington Club, London & Savile Club, London.

He died suddenly 28-Jan-1915 at Camp Yeotmal, Central Provinces (now the town of Yeotmal, Madyha Pradesh) and is buried at Tiger Gap Cemetery, Nagpur, Madhya Pradesh.
A German source suggests he may have been murdered, but this is uncertain.
If you know the circumstances of Sir Arthur's death, please Contact Us.
Et Cætera
[TIMES 30-Jan-1915 p.10]
[The Tablet 6-Feb-1915 Et Caetera p.24]
International Catholic News Weekly

Sir Arthur's younger brother Capt. William Lewis Blennerhassett (D.S.O., O.B.E., Croix de Guerre, Order of the White Rose of Finland) known as "Willie", had during WWI joined the British Intelligence Corps, 5th army. He was seconded to MI.1(c) (Secret Intelligence Service), serving in France, Switzerland and USA. After the war he served in Northern Russia, Lithuania and Finland, becoming British delegate at the League of Nations. Interestingly, Sir Arthur's widow was an interpreter/translator at the League of Nations (see note above). In civilian life W.L. Blennerhassett was a stockbroker, member of the London Stock Exchange.
The "Sir Arthur Blennerhassett Memorial Silver Medal" is awarded annually to seven outstanding students at Nagpur University. One of these is to the student of St Francis de Sales College, Nagpur, who obtains highest marks in Philosophy over a three year period at R.T.M. Nagpur University Examinations.
A street in Jubbulpore (a city to the north of Nagpur in the Central Provinces; now the city of Jabalpur in the state of Madhya Pradesh) is named for Sir Arthur Blennerhassett.  The street is located in the Traffic Lanes area, close to the Allahabad bank.

["The Indian Biographical Dictionary " by C. Hayavadana Roa, 1915] in error contains two biographical entries for Sir Arthur.
One names him correctly as Sir Arthur Blennerhassett, the other names him "Sir A. Hasslet Blenner"





Sacred to the memory of Sir Arthur Blennerhassett Bart. Indian Civil Service.
 Born 14th April 1871.  Died at Yeotmal 28th January 1915.

 Sir Arthur Charles Blennerhassett, Bart. b. 14th April 1871.
Eldest son of the Right Honourable Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, 4th Bart. P.C., and Countess Charlotte de Leyden.
Married 12th July 1899, Mary Francis (Frances),
only daughter of Baron Ludig (Ludwig) von Autin (Aretin) of Haidenburg (Haidenberg), Bavaria.

Joined the Service 4th November 1895.
Served as Assistant Commissioner in Nagpur, Wardha, Saugor, Damoh, Jubbulpore, Raipur, Seoni, Yeotmal
and as Under Secretary to the Chief Commissioner in Revenue Department.
As Deputy Commissioner in Jubbulpore, Chanda and Nagpur.  As Financial and Revenue Secretary
and as Chief Secretary to the Chief Commissioner Central Provinces from 22nd. October 1914 until his death.
Is there a photograph of this monument?

"Inscriptions on Tombs or Monuments in the Central Provinces and Berar"
by O.S. Crofton, Nagpur, Government Printing, Central Provinces, 1932 (price five rupees)


at the British Library
[BL Mss Eur D889] is an annotated copy of this book (not yet seen)
"with occasional Ms. annotations by Sir Geoffrey C. F. Ramsden (1893-1990), Indian Civil Service, Central Provinces 1920-47"


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