‘Black Jack’ Blennerhassett And His Book of Genealogies, by Gerald O’Carroll

Captain John, ‘Black Jack’, Blennerhassett, Williamite soldier, family genealogist and co-heir to the seignory around Killorglin founded in Elizabethan times by the Welsh captain Jenkin Conway, has left a remarkable record of the Limerick and Kerry gentry over three generations, cited hereafter as ‘Black Jack’s book. Yet he remains virtually unknown; Killorglin, originally Castle Conway, … Continue reading ‘Black Jack’ Blennerhassett And His Book of Genealogies, by Gerald O’Carroll

Time Line of the Civil War of 1688-9, context for events in Kerry

William of Orange came to the throne in the ‘Glorious Revolution’ of 1688, succeeding his father-in-law King James II. Judge Day celebrated this watershed of English and Irish history. Here is a time line of events before and after William’s arrival at Torbay. 1687 Lord Tyrconnel (Richard Talbot),  James II’s Catholic appointee, is supreme in Ireland. … Continue reading Time Line of the Civil War of 1688-9, context for events in Kerry

Lament for Maurice FitzGerald, on of the Knight of Kerry, by Piers Ferriter

In this extract from Piers Ferriter’s long Lament for the son of the Knight of Kerry, written in the 1640s, there are significant references to other branches of the Geraldines besides the Knights of Kerry, for example the Knights of Glin and the Earl of Desmond. The goddess Aine (in the name Knockainy) appears. ‘Royal … Continue reading Lament for Maurice FitzGerald, on of the Knight of Kerry, by Piers Ferriter

The Rowans of Kerry

The paternal ancestors of Arthur B. Rowan, evangelical clergyman, conservative politician and antiquarian (1800-1861), lived around Castlegregory, on the Dingle Peninsula. A soldier by the name of Shiercliffe secured lands around Castlegregory formerly belonging to Maurice Hussey who lost his life in the defence of Minard Castle during the Cromwell wars. Shiercliffe’s grandson married Sarah Rowan, … Continue reading The Rowans of Kerry