John Blennerhassett (1691–1775)

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Colonel John Blennerhassett (1691 – 5 May 1775) was an Anglo-Irish politician who represented two constituencies in the Irish House of Commons between 1709 and 1775.[1]

Blennerhassett was born in County Kerry, the eldest son of John Blennerhassett and Margaret Crosbie. He served in the Kerry Militia and was a colonel by 1756. He was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 1709, taking his father's seat representing County Kerry.[2] Between 1713 and 1715, he was MP for Tralee. He was again returned as the MP for Kerry in 1715, serving until 1727. He served as High Sheriff of Kerry in 1717. Between 1727 and 1760, he served as the MP for Tralee, before serving as MP for Kerry for a third period between 1761 and his death in 1775. He was Father of the Irish House of Commons.

He married Jane Denny, with whom he had two sons, John and Arthur, and four daughters.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sir Bernard Burke, A genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry of Ireland (1899), 48.
  2. ^ ThePeerage.com (entry #279655) http://thepeerage.com/p27966.htm#i279655
  3. ^ ThePeerage.com (entry #279655) http://thepeerage.com/p27966.htm#i279655
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Edward Denny
John Blennerhassett
Member of Parliament for Kerry
with Edward Denny

1709–1713
Succeeded by
Edward Denny
Sir Maurice Crosbie
Preceded by
Samuel Morris
Arthur Hyde
Member of Parliament for Tralee
with Samuel Morris

1713–1715
Succeeded by
Samuel Morris
Robert Taylor
Preceded by
Edward Denny
Sir Maurice Crosbie
Member of Parliament for Kerry
with Sir Maurice Crosbie

1715–1727
Succeeded by
Arthur Denny
Sir Maurice Crosbie
Preceded by
Luke Gardiner
William Sprigge
Member of Parliament for Tralee
with Arthur Blennerhassett (1727–1743)
Arthur Blennerhassett (1743–1760)

1727–1760
Succeeded by
Rowland Bateman
Edward Herbert
Preceded by
John Blennerhassett
Lancelot Crosbie
Member of Parliament for Kerry
with Viscount FitzMaurice
John Blennerhassett (1762–1763)
Thomas FitzMaurice (1763–1768)
Barry Denny (1768–1775)

1761–1775
Succeeded by
Barry Denny
Arthur Blennerhassett