Blennerhassett Family Tree
Genealogy one-name study - by Bill Jehan
   Introduction      INSCRIPTIONS at Ryme Intrinseca, Co.Dorset
 
Inscriptions at 
the Church of St.Hippolytus, Ryme Intrinseca, Co.Dorset
Church of England - Diocese of Salisbury
 
 
 
Rev. John Blennerhassett (1803-1890)
 
Rev. John Blennerhassett (b.3-Mar-1803 Elm Grove, Ballyseedy, Co.Kerry - d.5-Sep-1890 Dorset) was in 1826 ordained as anglican priest. He ministered at Ryme Intrinseca first as Curate (1830-1832) then for 58 years (1832-1890) as Rector. He was also Vicar for the small village of Hermitage, Dorset 1834-1885, at which village he probably employed a Curate. John married Elizabeth Houssemayne du Boulay (b.1814 d.1904).
 
As a family the Blennerhassetts areare described as having a deep and lasting sense of belonging to the village church and community, Rev. John Blennerhassett also having a strong practical interest in the welfare and conditions of Dorset farm labourers.
 
John's elder brother William Blennerhassett (b.10-Jul-1800 Elm Grove, Ballyseedy, Co.Kerry - d.27-Apr-1860) was Vicar of Iwerne Minster, Co.Dorset 1832-1860. William married Elizabeth's twin sister, Emma Sophia Houssemyne du Boulay (b.1814 d.1896).
 
Ryme Intrinseca no longer supports its own Rector. In 1984 the parish became one of seven (Batcombe, Chetnole, Hermitage, Hilfield, Leigh and Ryme Intrinseca and Yetminster) that combined to form the Benefice of Yetminster, Ryme Intrinseca and High Stoy. In 2002 the name was changed to become The Wriggle Valley Benefice.
 
 
 
 
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photo: courtesy of
the Wriggle Valley Benefice
 
 
This Portrait in oils of Rev.John Blennerhassett of Ryme Intrinseca, Rector of Ryme Intrinseca, was presented to the village school, of which he was a founder, by his own children to mark his devotion to that school and to the village children.
When the village school closed the portrait was moved to the church, where it hangs on the west wall of the nave.
 
A photograph of this portrait is in the Stockwell Collection at the Dorset History Centre (formerly Dorset Record Office) Dorchester, Co.Dorset [DRO Catalogue Ref. D1733]
 
 
headstone in the churchyard:
 
IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
W. GEORGE D. WINGFIELD DIGBY,
WHO PASSED AWAY ON FEB. 27TH 1907.
INTO THY HANDS...
 
ALSO IN LOVING MEMORY OF
GERALDINE DE COURCY WINGFIELD DIGBY,
WHO PASSED BEYOND JANUARY 17TH 1914.*
 
 
"THERE SHALL BE NO MORE DEATH, NEITHER SORROW, NOR
CRYING, NEITHER SHALL THERE BE ANY MORE PAIN." REV. XXI, 4.
 
"COME WITH THAT HUMAN VOICE THAT BREAKS IN WEEPING,
COME WITH THAT AWFUL TENDERNESS DEVINE
COME TELL US THEY ARE NOT DEAD BUT SLEEPING,
GONE BEFORE TO THEE, FOR THEY ARE THINE."
 
 * Geraldine died 17-Jan-1913, not 1914 as on the inscription 
 
 
 
 
 
 
a label attached the frame carries this inscription:
 
PRESENTED BY HIS CHILDREN
IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE
Rev. JOHN BLENNERHASSETT
FIFTY YEARS the RECTOR of the Parish of
RYME INTRINSECA
passed away SEPTEMBER 5th. 1890
 
"they shall obtain Joy and Gladness, and Sorrow
and Sinning shall flee away" 
 
John Blennerhassett at Ryme 60 years (not 50), as Curate & Rector
  
 
brass plaque on the Chancel wall:
 
To the Glory of God
Sacred
in the loving memory of
Geraldine de Courcy Wingfield Digby
daughter of the Reverend John Blennerhassett
for 60 years Rector of Ryme.
Erected by her two sisters
Lady Headley and Mrs Chapman
17th January 1913

 Blessed are the pure in heart
for they shall see God
  
 
 
marble wall plaque on the Chancel wall:
 
+   In Loving Remembrance of
THE REVD. JOHN BLENNERHASSETT.
FOR SIXTY YEARS RECTOR OF THIS PARISH,
WHO FELL ASLEEP SEPT. 5TH 1890.
 
A FAITHFUL PASTOR AND KIND FRIEND.
 
THIS TABLET WAS PUT UP BY THE PARISHIONERS
JANY. 26TH. 1891.
 
  
brass plaque on the Chancel wall:
 
Erected by his widow
in loving memory of
The Revd. John Blennerhassett,
for many years the
faithful Pastor of his flock.

"Blessed is he who considereth the poor and needy."
 
 
brass shield plaque on the Chancel wall:
 
IN
LOVING AND EVER
GRATEFUL MEMORY
OF
ELIZABETH BLENNERHASSETT,
WHO DIED
FEBRUARY 4TH. 1904.
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED
BY HER
TRULY ATTACHED CHILD
[BUNNIE]
LADY HEADLEY.
 

 
TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS
OF THOSE WE LOVE
IS NOT TO DIE
 
JONES & WILLIS, LTD.
 
 
 
 
headstone adjacent to family vault in churchyard, behind the church:
 
+
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN BELOVED MEMORY OF
REVD. JOHN BLENNERHASSETT
(50 YEARS RECTOR OF RYME.)
AND ELIZABETH HIS WIFE.
AND
ELIZABETH (BUNNIE) LADY HEADLEY,
GREATLY BELOVED AND DEARLY REGRETTED.
THEY ARE RESTING IN THE FAMILY VAULT IN THIS PLACE.
 
UNTIL THE DAY DAWN, AND THE SHADOWS FLEE AWAY.
 
John Blennerhassett at Ryme 60 years, not 50, as Curate & Rector
 
A  churchyard plan displayed (2010) in the church porch indicates four burials in this vault:
1837 Elizabeth Blennerhassett, dau. of Rev. John & Elizabeth
1890 Rev. John Blennerhassett
1904 Elizabeth Houssemayne Blennerhassett (nee du Boulay) his wife
1928 Elizabeth "Bunnie" Houssemayne Blennerhassett (Lady Headley), dau. of Rev. John & Elizabeth
 
The "Ryme Intrinseca Memorial Surname Index 1637-1998" displayed in the church porch (2010) lists seven Blennerhassett names: BLENNERHASSETT: 8, 10, 17, 78-80 & 89 but I do not have a cross-reference for these numbers with the inscriptions as shown here.
 
headstone in the churchyard:
 
IN GRATEFUL MEMORY
OF
ELIZA JENNINGS,
WHO DIED NOV.1ST, 1862,
AGED 59 YEARS.
FAITHFUL NURSE AND FRIEND IN
THE REV. J. BLENNERHASSETT'S FAMILY.
 
ERECTED BY HIS DAUGHTERS,
GEORGINA LADY WARREN,
GERALDINE DE COURCY DIGBY,
BESSIE LADY HEADLEY,
ADA CHAPMAN.
 
"WELL DONE THOU GOOD AND
FAITHFUL SERVANT"
 
this inscription dates from after 1874, the year Ada Dorcas Blennerhassett married William Frederick Chapman
 
  
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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