Blennerhassett Family Tree
Genealogy one-name study - by Bill Jehan
   Introduction      INSCRIPTIONS at Tralee, Co.Kerry
 
Inscriptions at
Tralee, Co.Kerry
 
 
 The Church of St.John the Evangelist, Ashe Street, Tralee
Church of Ireland - Diocese of Ardfert & Aghadoe
 
 
Baptismal Font of 1623:
 
Robert Blennerhassett of Ballycarty was the first Provost of Tralee, from 1613 to 1623, thus the town's first MP.
 
The second Provost was John Curlestone, who donated to St.John's a stone baptismal font inscribed "1623", the year he took office.
 
St.John's Church was reconstructed in 1819 but the font remained, the oldest part of the building fabric.
 
Marble wall plaque:
 
 
Arthur Blennerhassett Rowan D.D. Archdeacon of Ardfert
"Distinguished as an accomplished scholar and a faithful
Minister of Christ" Died August 12 1861 aged 61"
Erected by the Bishop and Clergy of Ardfert and Aghadoe
 
 
Arthur Blennerhassett Rowan, distinguished Co.Kerry historian and genealogist, was a great-great-grandson of Agnes Blennerhassett & Sir Thomas Denny. He was Archdeacon of Ardfert, not of Ardfert & Aghadoe which was formed later.
 
Brass chandeliers:
 
St.John's Church Guidebook [SJGB] 2001, p.18, tells us:
 ...four "very striking" brass chandeliers were installed in memory of Arthur Blennerhassett Rowan D.D., Archdeacon of Ardfert and Aghadoe. He was a noted historian, being particularly interested in the history and antiquities of Co.Kerry. He resided at High Street, Tralee in a house situated opposite the old Custom House. the chandeliers were first fitted with paraffin lights but they were converted to electricity when electric current was installed..." 
 
 
 
Marble wall plaque:
 
 
"The Venerable Anthony Denny M.A. Oxon.
4th son of Sir Edward Denny Bart.
Born at Tralee Castle 1-Jul-1807
Died at Leamington 30-Dec-1890
Rector of Tralee 1831-61
Rector of Kilgobbin
and
Archdeacon of Ardfert 1861-85
his son Francis MacGillicuddy Denny
his wife Catharine Denny
(2nd daughter of James McGill)
died at Kilgobbin 16-Feb-1866 aged 52"
 
 
great-grandson of Agnes Blennerhassett & Sir Thomas Denny
 
 
 
In the churchyard:
Set against the left side wall as you enter the gate from Ashe Street, is a white marble plaque that has been damaged and repaired:
 
 
Arthur Rowland Chute
of Blennerville
 
2nd son of Richard Chute
of Tuligaron
& Theodora Blennerhassett
his wife.
 
Ensign of Her Majesties 10th Regt.
Died 23 Feb 1858 aged XIX years
of disease induced by fatigue and
exposure to an Indian climate. 
 
 
Warning I may have copied this incorrectly, it should read 90th Regt.
 
 
 
Brass plate under stained glass window, behind & to right of the alter:
 
 
"Presented by Anthony Denny, Rector
and his brothers Henry & William 1855" 
 
 
great-grandson of Agnes Blennerhassett & Sir Thomas Denny
 
 
 
Brass plate underneath stained glass window, behind and to the left of the alter:
 
 
"In memory of Rowland Blennerhassett Esq.
and Letitia his wife,
their surviving children Mary and Alice
dedicate this 1855"
 
 
 
 
 
Wall plaque:
 
 
"In memory of Marianne Arabella Denny,
the deeply loved daughter
of William Denny Esq, who
died at Ballyseedy
on the 6th of September 1866
aged 20 years" 
 

 

 
Wall plaque:
 
 
Sacred to the memory of
Robert Conway Hurly Esq A.M. J.P.
of Bridge House
and
Glenduffe, Co.Kerry
who died September 11th 1870
aged 54 years
 
 
Robert was a great-grandson of Anne Blennerhassett of Castle Conway. His wife was Dorcas Blennerhassett of Ballyseedy. 
 
 
  

 
St John's Graveyard, Oak Park, Tralee (part of Oakview Cemetery) 
 
photo: courtesy "Kerry Kate" Coburn
click on image to enlarge
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MARY AGNES HICKSON
 
A DISTINGUISHED ANTIQUARIAN
AND GENEALOGIST :
 
DAUGHTER OF JOHN JAMES HICKSON
 
FORMERLY OF HILLVILLE, Co KERRY.
 
DIED AT KINGSTON COLLEGE,
MITCHELLSTOWN, Co CORK.
 
6TH APRIL, 1899.
AGED 75 YEARS.
 

 
RESTORED IN 1999 BY "TRALEE
LADIES' 99 PROBUS CLUB" AND
"KERRY ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND
HISTORICAL SOCIETY".
 
 
 
 she died one day short of 78 years,
not aged 75 years as on her headstone
 
 
 
Mary Agnes Hickson (b.7-Apr-1811 d.6-Apr-1899) was the daughter of John James Hickson & Sarah Day, and through Sarah Day the great-great-granddaughter of Anne Blennerhassett (b.21-Jan-1694 at Castle Conway) and Denis (Donogh) McGillicuddy, "The McGillicuddy of the Reeks".
 
Her residence "Hillville" at Stradbally, Clohane, Co.Kerry was built by her father in 1833 on the site of an earlier house. An eminent Co.Kerry historian and genealogist, M.A.H. was a regular contributor to the "Old Kerry Records" series published in the "Kerry Evening Post". That newspaper also carried a fascinating and lengthy correspondence between M.A.H. and James Franklin Fuller (another noted Kerry historian & genealogist; also architect of the 1880s remodelling of Ballyseedy Castle) disagreeing about the Royal ancestry of Martha Lynne (b.c1595/1600) who in 1627 married Capt. John Blennerhassett of Ballycarty & Ballyseedy (b.est.c1595 d.1676).
 
M.A.H. was author of three volumes of Co.History, "Selections from Old Kerry Records" vol.1 1872 & vol.2 1874, and "Ireland in the 17th Century" 1884, each of them containing much information of Blennerhassett family interest. In particular, "Selections from Old Kerry Records" vol.1  1872 on pp.33-108 reproduces her transcript of "The Blennerhassett Pedigree AD 1580-1736", copied by her from "Black Jack's Book", a Ms. genealogy of the Blennerhassett and related families by Capt. John "Black Jack" Blennerhassett of Castle Conway (d.1738), completed c1736.
 
Her own transcription Ms. of "Black Jack's Book" was in 1921 given by Rev. Sir H.L.L. Denny (another well known Kerry genealogist) to the library of "The Societyof Genealogists" in London, where it remains, recently rebound. Hers was the second transcription of this Ms., the first by Archdeacon Rev. Arthur Blennerhassett Rowan (yet another renowned Co.Kerry historian) in 1855. A photocopy of his transcription Ms. is [NLI Ms.5629].

 
Rath Old Cemetery, Ratass, Tralee 
 
photo: courtesy "Kerry Kate" Coburn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In Loving Memory
 
Of
 
KATHLEEN BLENNERHASSETT
(KIT)
CLASH EAST TRALEE
DIED 14 .. NOVEMBER 1959.
 
ALSO HER HUSBAND
RICHARD BLENNERHASSETT
(DICK)
DIED 30 .. MARCH 1982
AGED 80 YEARS
 
REST IN PEACE
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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