Blennerhassett Family Tree
Genealogy one-name study - by Bill Jehan
 
 
Inscriptions at
the Parish Church of Caister St Edmund,
Caister-on-Sea, near Yarmouth, Co.Norfolk

Church of England - Diocese of Norwich
 
Caister - Caistor - Castre - Castor - "Caister next Great Yarmouth" "Caistor near Yarmouth"
 "Castor takes its name from some fort or castle that the Romans had there, where one part or mouth of the river Yar is
said to have run into the German ocean, though now stopped up by the sands" [BLOMEFIELD 2nd ed. v.11 1810 p.201]
 
Horning Hall is close to Caister-on-Sea.

In earlier times town of Caister was divided into two parishes, Caister Trinity and Caister St Edmund.

"Caister men never turn back"
(motto of the town, derived from the undoubted courage of the crew of the town life-boat)
 






 
 
Monuments to John Blennerhassett of Caister, near Yarmouth, Norfolk
b.c19-Apr-1692 Horsford Park, Horning; d.22-May-1704

Last of the Blennerhassett Family of Norfolk & Suffolk


and to his widow Elizabeth "Eliza" Blennerhassett

b.c1644 d.12-Oct-1723

etc.
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[BLOMEFIELD 2nd ed. v.11 p.214]
 

[Church Heraldry of Norfolk, Rev. Edmund Farrar, v.1 1887 p.331]

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[Church Heraldry of Norfolk, Rev. Edmund Farrar, v.1 1887 p.332]
 
 
 





INSCRIPTION

 
 
 
 

M. S. Johannes de Blennerhasettorum Stirpe inter Icenates ultimi.

Rationi ortus plurimum spectabilis, villa licet in obscura generis splen-
dor disparuit turbae. Insignia a longis retro omnis custodita, atavos, pro-
avos, majoresq monstrant Diaecesis familijs illustrissimis connubio fuisse
junctos. laudj magis est quod moribus pollebat; suis facilis, urbanus
omnibus, conjugis praesertim amantissimus. maxime, quod pietatem fre-
quens coluit Anglicanam, et a partibus abhorruit. abito lector et quoad
potes, merere Characterem, obt. 11 Cal. Jun. A.D. 1704, aetat. 52;

Blennerhassett arms:
"Gules, a chevron, ermin between three
 dolphins, embowed Argent"
"
in a red field, a chevron of ermine fur between 3 silver dolphins with body arched"

Blennerhassett crest:
between two wings erect Argent, a fox sejant Gules
"between two silver wings, a red fox seated"
(correctly, this should be "a wolf sejant Gules")

 





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M. S. Johannes de Blennerhasettorum Stirpe inter Icenates ultimi.

Rationi ortus plurimum spectabilis, villa licet in obscura generis splen-
dor disparuit turbae. Insignia a longis retro omnis custodita, atavos, pro-
avos, majoresq monstrant Diaecesis familijs illustrissimis connubio fuisse
junctos. laudj magis est quod moribus pollebat; suis facilis, urbanus
omnibus, conjugis praesertim amantissimus. maxime, quod pietatem fre-
quens coluit Anglicanam, et a partibus abhorruit. abito lector et quoad
potes, merere Characterem, obt. 11 Cal. Jun[ii] A[nno] D[omini] 1704, aetat[is] 52;


 




TRANSLATED
INTO ENGLISH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

M. S. John Blennerhassett ......


translate this...


...... died 11th June A.D. 1704, aged 52







 
 
 
 
 

Mrs Eliza Blenner Haysett, who died Oct. 12th, 1723, in her 79th year.
She was wife of Mr. John Blenner Haysett, whom she survived 19 years.

Blennerhassett arms
impaling
"a lion rampant"
 
Blennerhassett crest

 

 
The source for the above inscription [Church Heraldry of Norfolk, Rev. Edmund Farrar, v.1 1887 p.331]
suggests, with a question mark, that "A lion rampant" may perhaps  represent "Womack?";

this suggestion is a guess, based on the co-incidence of the arms listed immediately above, which are:
Womack "Argent, a lion rampant Gules"  impaling  Gibson "a cross-crosslet".
 
The "lion rampant" of the Blennerhassett monument is probably not Womack but Rowe (Row), Elizabeth's maiden name

 
This monument to Elizabeth Blennerhassett, nee Rowe (widow of John Blennerhassett) in Caister St Edmund church
is mentioned in an account of charitable bequests made by Elizabeth in 1718 and by her sister Mary Hill (nee Rowe) in 1736:
["An Account of the Different Charities Belonging to the Poor of the County of Norfolk" by Zachary Clark, Bury St Edmunds 1811 pp.42-43]
 








[page] 42
 

 
 
 



 
    
ANCIENT HERALDIC WALL HANGING OF PAINTED CANVAS DEPICTING IN
SHIELDS or COATS-OF-ARMS, THE BLENNERHASSETT INTERMARRIAGES IN EAST ANGLIA (Norfolk & Suffolk)

THIS CANVAS HUNG IN TWO ROOMS AT THE HOUSE OF MRS MARY HILL, nee ROWE, widow of EDWARD HILL 

An ancient canvas wall hanging, painted with the arms of Blennerhassett and their intermarriages in Norfolk & Suffolk, was seen "surrounding two rooms" at a house at Caister-on-Sea, near Yarmouth, Norfolk by Francis Blomefield when gathering material for his "History of Norfolk" est. c1745.
The arms are listed below in the sequence recorded by Blomefield. The canvas had belonged to John Blennerhassett (d.1704), last of Blennerhassett name in Norfolk.
 
"At Mrs. Hill's, at Castor, near Yarmouth, Mr Blomefield saw an ancient canvass surrounding two rooms, painted with the matches of the Bleverhassets: John Bleverhasset, who married a sister of the said Mrs. Hill, and died in 1704, was the last now living of this branch of that family; their names are under each coat, but with hanging against moist walls several are worn out; those that are perfect we have added here, though they are so displaced that the time of the matches cannot be determined by their succession. - Bleverhasset impaled with all the following coats:"
[BLOMEFIELD 1st ed. v.2 1781 pp.123-124]. Slightly different wording appears in [BLOMEFIELD 2nd ed. v.1 1805 p.146].

is there any other record of this canvas? did it perhaps come from nearby Horning Hall?
 
John Blennerhassett (d.1704) married Elizabeth "Eliza" Rowe (Row);
her sister Mary Rowe (some sources in error name her Margaret) married Edward Hill.
Mary and Elizabeth Rowe were daughters and co-heirs of John Rowe of Caister.
 
Where was Mrs Mary Hill's house at Caister? does the house still stand?
 
Frogmorton
(Frockmorton, Throckmorton):
"Gules, on a chevron Argent 3 bars gemelles Sable"
 
Braham:
"Sable a cross formée fleury Or"
 
Tindall (Tyndall):
"Argent, a fess indented in chief 3 crescents Gules"
 
Eyre:
"Argent, on a fess, three trefoils Or"
 
Pickerell:
"Sable, a swan proper, a chief ermine"
 
Clopton:
"Sable, a bend Argent cotized, indented Or"
 
Lowthe (Lowth):
"Sable, a lion rampant Or, armed Gules"

Cressi (Cressett): "Argent, three beacons Sable"
 
Culpepper:
"Argent, a bend ingrailed Gules"
 
Covert:
"Gules, a fess between 3 lions heads Or"
 
Baynaugh:
"Gules, a chevron between three bull's faces Or"
 
Brampton:
"Gules, a saltre between 4 crosslets fitchee Argent"
 
Meawes (Meux):
"Pally of 6, Or and Argent on a chief Gules three crosslets formy of the first"
 
Lowdham:
"Argent, 3 escutcheons Sable"
 
Kelvedon (Keldon):
"Gules, a pall reversed ermine"
 
Orton:
"Argent, a lion rampant guardant Vert, crowned Or"
 
Skelton:
"Azure, on a fess Gules between 3 fleurs de lys Or", a crescent Sable for difference
 
Cornwallis:
 
 
Hare:
 
 
Heydon:
 
 
Wyngfield (Wingfield):
 
 
Reade (not Reape):
 
 
Kempe (Kemp):
 
 
Gosnold:
 
 
Spilman (Spelman):
 
 
Colby:
 
 
Alcock (Cock):
 
 
Rowse (Rous):
 
 
Drury:
 
 
Hubbard (Hobart):
 
 
Heigham:
"Sable, a fess cheequé Or and Azure, between three horse's heads erased Argent"
 
Warner, quartering Whetnall:
 
 
Calthorpe (Calthorp, Calthrop):
 
 
Lovell (Love? Lavile?):
 
 
Ruthyn:
 
 
 
coats of arms are listed above in the sequence recorded by Blomefield
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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