Saturday, April 23, 2022

Sir [Marmaduke] Adrian Francis William Blennerhassett, 7th Baronet [1940-2022]

 Sir Adrian Blennerhassett, 7th Baronet, died 9 April, 2022. He was 81, and had held the baronetcy since his posthumous birth almost eighty two years ago.

Marmaduke Adrian Francis William Blennerhassett was born 25 May, 1940, son of Lieutenant Sir Marmaduke Blennerhassett, 6th Baronet [1902-40], RNVR, who was killed in action on HMS Greyhound at Dunkirk on the day his son and heir was born. His mother was the former Gwenfra Mary Morgan [who died 21 December, 1956].

He was educated at McGill University, Imperial College London [MSc] and Cranfield Business School [MBA]. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

He married 23 September, 1972, Carolyn Margaret Brown, daughter of Gilbert Brown, of Marston Magna, Somerset, by whom he had issue, a son, Charles Henry Marmaduke [born 18 July, 1975], and a daughter, Celina Mary Charlotte [born 15 October, 1973].

The son, Charles, now succeeds to the baronetcy [created UK, 1809] awarded to his ancestor, Rowland Blennerhassett. The family name is derived from the township of Blennerhassett in Cumberland. Members of the family represented Carlisle in every Parliament from Richard II to James I, and later represented Kerry or the borough of Tralee, Ireland


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