Blennerhassett Family Tree
Genealogy one-name study - by Bill Jehan
 
 
Inscriptions at
Ballyseedy New Church and Graveyard
Ballyseedy, Tralee, Co.Kerry

Church of Ireland - Diocese of Ardfert & Aghadoe 
 
 

Ballyseedy is pronounced "Ballysheedy" (Bail ó Sioda = O'Sheedy's Town).
Ballyseedy townland is a small part of the larger Ballyseedy civil parish (= Ballyseedy Church of Ireland parish)
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 Detail from old Ordnance Survey Map
 
On this map "Ballyseedy Church (In Ruins)" is the small white rectangle inside the old graveyard (the area marked Grave Yd ).

On this map "Church" is the small black rectangle representing the "Church of Ireland" church (built 1871) in the new churchyard (this is below the area marked marked Grave Y).  
 
The new churchyard appears as it was before being enlarged, extended southwards, shortly before 1963.
 
 

The 17th century "Church of Ireland" church is a ruin in the old graveyardadjacent to the new graveyard on the north side. This was already a ruin in 1830. During the 1830s, and until a new church was opened, services were held in the school house at Farmers Bridge.

A church at Ballyseedy is said to have been opened by Arthur Blennerhassett of Ballyseedy House c1840; this was perhaps the schoolhouse church; and perhaps the church from which came churchplate inscribed "Ballyseedy Church 1839" [Leslie p.166].
That was replaced by the present church, built in 1871, the proposal of Rev. William Webb Raymond (incumbent 1857-1869), and enlarged 1877.

The following is an extract from: "The Church of Ireland in Co. Kerry" by J.A. Murphy pp.50-51. 
 
Parish Church:  Ballyseedy
Date Built:        1871
Status 2011:     Open
Kerry County    Council Record of Protected Structures No. 21303801
Townland:         Ballyseedy
Location GPS:   52 15 9.038/-9 38 43.134
 
History:
In 1837, service was being held in the schoolhouse at Farmer's Bridge, an inscribed churchplate, 'Ballyseedy Church 1839' is noted (Leslie, p.166). The [present] church was built in 1871, and subsequently enlarged 1877 to double its size, creating seating for almost two hundred. The renovated church was consecrated in 1878, the report of which noted the contributions of Arthur Blennerhassett, Thomas Blennerhassett (late), Colonel Blennerhassett (late) and W[illia]m Blennerhassett (East Indian Civil Service), Miss Nash of Ballycarty, J. Du B[oulay] Blennerhassett, Mrs Charles Mason, Major Walker Leigh, and late Mr Charles F. Nash. It also noted the constant support of Samuel Murray Hussey of Edenburn (Kerry Evening Post, 25 September 1878). It was reported that lamps had substituted candles at the church in 1887: 'the handsome brass coronas have been retained and utilised each carrying four Princess lamps. These not only give a softer and fuller light than the candles ... but the ruby bowls add to the appearance and match well with the rich colours of the windows' (Kerry Evening Post, 29 Jan 1887). A record of memorial tablets in the church and other features of interest can be found in Inspiring Stones (pp.178-179).
 
1874 Ballyseedy united to Ballymacelligott; duties performed during intervening period by clergy of Ballymacelligott.
 
Ballyseedy Clergy:
1806-1808 Francis Spring Eager (c1770/1-March 1808) was curate; son of James Eager of "Cottage" & Ballyhar, Co.Kerry and Catherine Spring, daughter of Francis Spring of Cloonalassan House, Ballycrispin, Castlemaine.
1817-1847 William Godfrey
1847-1853 Edward Nash
1853-1857 Thomas Brook (1815-1875)
1857-1869 William Webb Raymond, who conceived the idea of building a new church at Ballyseedy.
1869-1870 Henry Gubbins (1819-1870)
 
 
 
 
 

Memorials inside the church

Blennerhassett of Ballyseedy Castle and Nash of Ballycarty House
 
Brass Wall Plate
(in chancel, behind altar, under stained glass window):
 
 
To the glory of God & in memory of
Charles John Allanson Winn Blennerhassett
of Ballyseedy
who died 10th December 1859 aged 29 years.
 
Erected by his son
Arthur Blennerhassett of Ballyseedy.
 
I am the resurrection and the life:
I go to prepare a place for you.
 
Brass Wall Plate
(in chancel, to left of altar):
          

1856 - 1956

In loving memory of

Arthur Blennerhassett, D.L. M.B.E.

Nesta Georgie Worship, O.B.E.

Nesta Blennerhassett, M.B.E.

Vera Blennerhassett, Mons Star
 
Erected by
Hilda Blennerhassett, Mons Star
 
Last of the Blennerhassett family of Ballyseedy Castle

(individual memorials are in the graveyard)

Arthur Blennerhassett of Ballyseedy was a prominent Kerry gentleman, Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) for the county.

From 1900 he was Major in the 4th (6th?) Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers.

Tasked during WWI with obtaining army remounts, he travelled extensively in the USA, Australia & New Zealand purchasing horses to replace those being lost in large numbers on the western front.

Arthur's wife Clara Nesta Richarda (known as Nesta) and their younger daughters Hilda & Vera during WWI served as V.A.D. (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nurses, caring for the wounded first at the battlefields of France, later on Lord Dunraven's hospital ship "Grianaig" in the Mediterranean. For this service Nesta was awarded M.B.E. and all three, unusually for civilians, received the British Expeditionary Force 1914-15 star, a British Army medal awarded for service in France or Belgium between 5-Aug-1914 and 31-Dec-1915. This medal is known as the "Mons Star" because so many recipients fought at Mons.

Their eldest daughter Nesta Georgie Blennerhassett (known as Georgie) in the 1920 civilian war honours list was awarded an O.B.E. for her "valuable work in providing comforts for soldiers and prisoners of war...".

Georgie married Lt.-Col. Verelst Turner Worship, D.S.O., Royal Munster Fusiliers. The wedding, initially planned for Ballyseedy church, was "...owing to threatened dislocation of traffic in Ireland..." instead held quietly at St Peter's Church, Cranley Gardens, Kensington, London on 17-Jun-1920
["The Times" of 6th May, 19th May & 22nd June 1920].

Georgie Worship died 14-Jul-1930 at her home "The Manor", Ludham, Norfolk. She buried at St Catherines's Church, Ludham (grave F 34). Her husband Verelst Turner Worship of 21 Blackborough Road, Reigate, Surrey died 4-Apr-1956.
Brass Wall Plate:
 
 
 
In loving memory of
John Du Boulay Blennerhassett Esq're
 

Died 25th October 1899 aged 63.

Buried in Kingston Cemetery, Portsmouth. 
Brass Wall Plate
(in chancel, to right of altar):
 
To the Glory of God & in memory of
the Rev. William Blennerhassett,
2nd son of Arthur Blennerhassett
of Ballyseedy,
born 10th July 1800
died 27th April 1860.
 
These windows are erected by
his son William Blennerhassett.
 
Fortes Fortuna Juvat.

This refers to a series of stained glass windows set
 in north & south walls of the nave, each with a pair of brass plates under (see below)
 
Two Brass Plates, under a stained glass window depicting:
St.Luke VIII : 41-42-49-56
 
 
 
 
 
Margaret Sheldon Blennerhassett

 
 
 
 
 
Erected by her son
Thomas Blennerhassett

 
 
 
 
The lower plate is misplaced. Margaret died 24-Aug-1876 and left no children. Thomas Blennerhassett was her brother, not her son. When replacing the plates following completion of building renovation work, this plate has been accidentally swapped with another.
 
The correct plate for this space, inscribed "Erected by her brother lieut. Col. Francis Barry Blennerhassett of Ballyseedy", is presently installed in the wrong position, under the window dedicated to their mother Dorcas Blennerhassett, who d.2-Aug-1822
Two Brass Plates, under a stained glass window depicting:
St.Mark VIII : 22-26
 
 
 
 
 

Dorcas Blennerhassett

Died 2nd August 1822 aged 47 years
 
 
 
 
 
Erected by her brother
Lieut. Col. Francis Barry Blennerhassett
of Ballyseedy
 
 
 
 
This lower plate is misplaced. Francis Barry Blennerhassett was her son, not her brother. When replacing the plates following completion of building renovation work, this plate has been accidentally swapped with another.
 
The correct plate for this space, inscribed "Erected by her son Thomas Blennerhassett", is installed in error under the window dedicated to her daughter Margaret Sheldon Blennerhassett, who d.24-Aug-1876
 
Two Brass Plates, under a stained glass window depicting:
St.Luke VII : 11-16
 
 
Henry Deane Grady Blennerhassett of Ballyseedy.
Died 1st January 1850 aged 22 years.
 
Erected by his brother Thomas Blennerhassett

 
Two Brass Plates, under a stained glass window depicting:
St.John  ch : IV :  V : 46-53
 

Nevinson de Courcey Blennerhassett.

Died 13th March 1853 aged 41 years.
 

"Erected by his brother
lieut. Col. Francis Barry Blennerhassett"
Two Brass Plates, under a stained glass window depicting:
St.Mark : V 25-34
 
Arthur Blennerhassett of Ballyseedy M.P
Born 1st January 1799   Died 3rd January 1843.
 

Erected by his nephew
Arthur Blennerhassett of Ballyseedy
 
NOTE: Arthur Blennerhassett is believed to have died 23-Jan-1843
 
Two Brass Plates, under a stained glass window depicting:
St.Mattw XII : 9-12
 
 
Georgina Barbara Blennerhassett.
Born 31st August 1857 Died 7th January 1867.
 

Erected by her brother
Arthur Blennerhassett of Ballyseedy
Two Brass Plates, under a stained glass window depicting:
St.John : V : 1-16
 
Gus. Ad. Fred. Freke. Crosbie Blennerhassett.
Born 10th October 1803   Died 24th February 1834
 
Died 28th July 1877 aged 63 years.
 
 
The lower plate carries an inscription that has no connection with Crosbie Blennerhassett, under whose window it is placed. It is a partial duplicate of a plate under the window for Francis Barry Blennerhassett (see right).
 
This plate on its outward facing side is unfinished and unlike all the other brass plates in the series the edges are not bevelled; it appears to carry an inscription that was rejected and is possible the correct inscription for this plate may be on the reverse side.
 
Two Brass Plates, under a stained glass window depicting:
St.Luke VII : 1-10
 
Lieut. Col. Francis Barry Blennerhassett.
Late H.M. 71st Regiment.
 
"Died 28th July 1877 aged 63.
erected by his brother Thomas Blennerhassett
 


Two Brass Plates, under a stained glass window depicting:
St.John : XI : 1-54
 

Charles Fergusson Nash of Ballycarthy.

Died 13th January 1878 aged 67 years.
 
Erected by his sister Clementina F. Nash
 

 

 

 
 
Ballyseedy New Graveyard (Church of Ireland)
 
 
Although few of Blennerhassett name now reside within Ballyseedy townland or parish, the Irish custom of choosing when practicable to be buried at the parish of your forefathers has ensured that many Blennerhassetts continue to find a final resting place at Ballyseedy.

The new churchyard extended southwards to reach its present dimensions at some date shortly before 1963 <what year?> .

 
 
 
                                          (Clara) Nesta Richarda                          Vera            Arthur
                                                                                                    Hilda
 
 
 
 
  
 
ARTHUR BLENNERHASSETT. M.B.E., D.L.,
DIED MAY 3. 1939.
 
FORTES FORTUNA JUVAT. 
IN EVER
LOVING MEMORY OF

CLARA NESTA RICHARDA BLENNERHASSETT, M.B.E.,
WIFE OF ARTHUR BLENNERHASSETT
16TH JANUARY 1945
IN
EVER LOVING MEMORY OF
 
VERA BLENNERHASSETT
14TH APRIL 1942
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
 
HILDA BLENNERHASSETT, MONS STAR,
DIED DECEMBER 1965 AGED 84

MAY GOD BE WITH HER ALWAYS 
 

Here rest the last of the distinguished family of Blennerhassett of Ballyseedy Castle

Inside the church, on the chancel wall, is a brass plate dedicated to the family (see above)
 
(Nesta) Georgie Blennerhassett Worship, elder sister of Vera and Hilda, died 14-Jul-1930,
interred at St Catherine's Church, Ludham, Co.Norfolk (grave F 34).
 
 

 
 
 
BLESSED
ARE THE
PURE
IN
HEART 
FOR
THEY
SHALL
SEE
GOD 
 
 ST. MATTHEW
 
 
 ERECTED   BY
HER HUSBAND AND FAMILY
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MARY E. BLENNERHASSETT
BALLINDUGANIG  BALLYSEEDY
DIED 16TH MAY 1936
AGED 60 YEARS
ARTHUR BLENNERHASSETT
DIED 1ST DEC. 1960
MAY BLENNERHASSETT
DIED 27TH DEC. 1979
ROLAND BLENNERHASSETT
DIED 15TH OCT. 1980
CHRISTINA BLENNERHASSETT
DIED 30TH JULY 1986
 
BLENNERHASSETT
 
 
 
ERECTED
BY

ARTHUR BLENNERHASSETT
GLENAGEENTY
IN MEMORY OF HIS
DEARLY BELOVED WIFE
AMELIA
WHO DIED 28TH JULY 1920
AGED 61 YEARS
AND HIS SON
THOMAS
DIED NOV 25TH 1935
AGED 41 YEARS
ARTHUR BLENNERHASSETT
DIED FEB. 26TH 1944
AGED 79 YEARS
 
UNTIL THE DAY BREAK AND
THE SHADOWS FLEE AWAY
 
SUSAN BLENNERHASSETT
DIED JUNE 22ND 1986
 
HIS SON ARTHUR JOHN
DIED MAY 9TH 1968
 
 
 
ERECTED
BY

THOMAS BLENNERHASSETT
GORTATLEA
IN LOVING MEMORY
OF HIS FATHER
 T.W. BLENNERHASSETT
WHO DIED JUNE 17TH 1920
AGED 71 YEARS
 
 HIS WIFE MARY ANNE
DIED JUNE 28TH 1929
 
 THEIR SON THOMAS
DIED SEPT. 19TH 1971.
 MARY JANE BLENNERHASSETT
DIED MAY 16TH 1983.
 ROBERT WILLIAM BLENNERHASSETT
DIED JULY 1ST 1933, AGED 8 YEARS
 THOMAS HENRY BLENNERHASSETT
DIED JULY 29TH 2004 AGED 32 YEARS
 
PEACE PERFECT PEACE  
  
In
Loving Memory Of

THOMAS BLENNERHASSETT
DIED APRIL 8TH 1970 
 
 
 ERECTED BY
HIS LOVING WIFE
AND FAMILY
IN CHERISHED REMEMBRANCE
OF
THOMAS BLENNERHASSETT
BARRAKILLA
WHO DIED 19TH MAY 1944
AGED 70 YEARS
AND HIS WIFE
ELIZABETH
WHO DIED 27TH JULY 1962
SAM BLENNERHASSETT
WHO DIED 11TH NOV 1995
 
FOR EVER WITH THE LORD
 
BLENNERHASSETT
 
 
 
 
IN MEMORY OF

RICHARD S. BLENNERHASSETT
DIED   18 SEPTEMBER 1941.

HIS WIFE JENNIE
DIED 31 JULY 1983
 
 
 
In Loving Memory Of
TOM BLENNERHASSETT
O'CONNOR'S TERRACE, TRALEE.
DIED 3rd JULY 2001,
AGED 91 YEARS
 
"THE DAY THOU GAVEST LORD
IS ENDED"
 
BLENNERHASSETT
 
 
 
 In Loving Memory of
 
THE REV. CANON
FRANCIS JOSEPH ROYCROFT M.A.
DIED 7th MAY 1969, AGED 58 YEARS.
AND HIS LOVING WIFE
MARY ANN (NEE BLENNERHASSETT)
DIED 22nd OCTOBER 1999, AGED 88 YEARS.
RECTOR OF THE PARISHES
MONAMOLIN CO. WEXFORD 1933-1934
DINGLE 1935-1944
BALLYMACELLIGOTT AND BALLYSEEDY 1945-1969
 
THE DAY THOU GAVEST LORD IS ENDED
 
ROYCROFT  
 
 
 
Erected By
THOS. A. BLENNERHASSETT SNR
Glenageenty
IN MEMORY OF HIS
BELOVED WIFE LUCY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
21ST SEPTEMBER 1918
AGED 74 YEARS
THOS. BLENNERHASSETT
WHO DIED 3RD SEPTEMBER 1927
 
Peace Perfect Peace  
photo: courtesy of Brendan O'Donoghue
 
IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
SYDNEY CHARLOTTE BLENNERHASSETT
DIED 28TH FEB. 1987
AND HER HUSBAND
RICHARD
DIED 20TH APRIL 1996
 
 
 
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JOHN C. BLENNERHASSETT
Cloonbeg
WHO DIED 20TH MAY 1959.

"He giveth his beloved sleep" 

 
 
 
IN REMEMBRANCE OF
GEORGE HENRY BLENNERHASSETT
OF TRALEE
DIED APRIL 19TH 1955.
HIS WIFE FRANCES
DIED MARCH 20TH 1973
 
 AND THEIR DAUGHTER RUBY PATTEN
DIED JANUARY 10TH 2004
 
 
In memory of
Joyce Blennerhassett
of Glenageenty,
Ballymacelligott
died 21 October 1989.
 
her husband
Thomas T. Blennerhassett
died 13 July 1995 
 
In loving memory of
John Blennerhassett
died 5 August 1922
Amelia Blennerhassett
died 22 May 1963
 
In loving memory of Catherine Harrold, Maglass
died 24 May 1934 age 73 years
Her daughter Catherine Talbot
died November 1943 aged 46 years
 
 
In loving memory of
 
THOMAS ALBERT BLENNERHASSETT
OAKPARK
CALLED HOME 30TH NOVEMBER 1970
 
AND HIS WIFE KATHLEEN BLENNERHASSETT
5TH SEPT. 1989
 
UNTIL WE MEET
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In memory of
 
Anne wife of James Blennerhassett
of Gortatlea
died 20-Feb-1930 aged 67 years.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In memory of
 
John Blennerhassett
of Gortbract, Tralee
died 16 August 1943
and his wife Cherry Blennerhassett
died 12 December 1944 
 
 
 
 
 IN LOVING MEMORY OF
RICHARD BLENNERHASSETT
OF BLACKBRIAR.
DIED 27TH JUNE 1927.
 JULIANNE, HIS WIFE
DIED 17TH FEB. 1917.
 THEIR YOUNGEST SON
JOSEPH.
DIED 1ST APRIL 1952.
SARAH HIS WIFE
DIED 13TH JUNE 1964
"BECAUSE I LIVE, YE
SHALL LIVE ALSO"
S. JOHN 14 19.
ALSO LOVINGLY
REMEMBERED HERE
JOSEPH WILLIAM
FLT. LIEUT. R.A.F.
KILLED IN ACTION OFF
THE DUTCH COAST
22ND JAN. 1942
 YOUNGER SON OF JOSEPH
AND GRANDSON OF RICHARD
 
I BORE HIM ALOFT ON
EAGLES' WINGS
AND TOOK HIM UNTO
MYSELF
BECAUSE I LOVED HIM 
photo: courtesy of Ang Henderson
 
ERECTED BY
THEIR SORROWING PARENTS
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
THOMAS POFF
DIED OCT. 14th 1915
AGED 18 YEARS
EMILY JANE POFF
DIED Nov.4th
AGED 15 YEARS.
WILLIAM THOMAS POFF
DIED APRIL 15TH 1928
HIS WIFE CATHERINE
DIED OCT. 15TH 1945
AND DAUGHTER ELIZABETH
DIED APRIL 8TH 1960
THEY WERE LOVELY AND PLEASANT
IN THEIR LIVES.
AND IN DEATH
THEY WERE NOT DIVIDED.
 
The Poff Family
Cahermore House
Ballymacelligott
 
 
 Catherine Poff nee Blennerhassett
 
 
  
 
 In Loving Memory Of
 
MARY MILDRED POFF
CAHERMORE
DIED  9TH JULY 1975, AGED 79 YEARS
HER DAUGHTER AMELIA PATRICIA
DIED 26TH MAY 1984
HER HUSBAND RICHARD
DIED 31ST MAY 1985, AGED 91 YEARS,
 
WITH CHRIST WHICH IS FAR BETTER.
 
Martha Chrisdina Poff
Died
April 9th 2004
 
 
Mary Mildred Poff, nee Blennerhassett
photo: courtesy of Brendan O'Donoghue
 
Erected by
AMELIA HUGGARD
In Loving Memory of
Her Father JOHN GROVES
Died Oct 24 1930 Aged 77 Years
And Her Mother Annie
Died Jan 20th 1931 Aged 76 Years
 
Forever With The Lord
 
 
John Groves, son of (Mildred) Amelia Blennerhassett
  
 
 
 
 
 
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
OUR MOTHER
MARGARET GROVES
WHO DIED 6TH AUG 1949
 
 AND OF OUR FATHER
CORNELIUS GROVES
DIED 24TH JUNE 1950
 
 
Con Groves, son of Amelia [Mildred] Blennerhassett
 
 
 
In Memory Of
FRANCIS FITZELL
DIED 17 MARCH 1930.
WIFE ELLEN [NEE BLENNERHASSETT]
DIED 15 MARCH 1962.
 
DAUGHTER SARAH
DIED 6 SEPT. 1962
PEACE PERFECT PEACE
 
 
 
 
Frederick A. Frizzell of Flemby, Ballymacelligott
died 15 November 1946 aged 37
 
 
 
 
 
son of Julia Anne Blennerhassett of Blackbriar 
  
 
In memory of
Robert Frizzell of Flemby
died 11 December 1927 aged 77 years
his wife died 31 May 1924 aged 61 years.
their sons
Richard Frizzell died 19 May 1920 aged 24 years.
Robert Frizzell died 25 Apr 1936 aged 38 years
 
 
 Robert's wife is Julia Anne Blennerhassett
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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