During Eliz. I, two sons of Launcelot Blakeney of Sparham, Norfolk, were granted land in Ireland for services to the Queen. One of these sons, Thomas married a niece of Chancellor Hatton and settled at Mount Blakeney in the south of Ireland. The other son at Castle Blakeney in the west.
Thos' son William was granted the best part of the estate of Garrett Fitzgerald, the forfeiting Irish owner. William's estate consisted of 1140 acres forming the townships of Gartnepeguney and Thomastown. In 1655 he added 450 acres, where he built the castle at Mount Blakeney.
It appears that William was stationed in America c. 1737.
↑ White, 1903; N.a. (n.d.). Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, 1, p. 107
↑ Thomas Blakeney son of the first Blakeney in America bought land on the South side of Manhattan Island from the Battery up to the site of Trinity Church and also in Vandam St. His brother John went to South Carolina to live where he had a family, (Davis, M. of Baton Rouge, LA who visited Ireland in 1998. Personal communication_.
↑ Tepper, M. (1979). "Blakeney, Col. Wm. regt. of list of officers 1737 (T.)," in New World Immigrants, II, p. 298.
↑"Blakeney's originally of Norfolk, settled in Ireland, temp. Elizabeth, senior branch being now represented by John Blakeney, Esq., of Abbert, Co. Galway. A younger brother of the ancestor of the Abbert family. William Blakeney, of Mount Blakeney, near Kilmallock, was father of two sons, William and George. The younger was a colonel in the army; the elder, William Blakeney, Esq., of Thomastown, Co. Limerick, was father of four sons, William, Charles, John and Robert, of whom the eldest, Sir William Blakeney, K.B., colonel of the 27th foot, and lieutenant-general in the army, distinguished by his defence of Stirling Castle in 1746, and Fort St. Philips in 1756, was raised to the peerage of Ireland as Baron Blakeney in the latter year. His lordship was for some time governor of Minorca. He d. s.p., 20 September, 1761, aged ninety-one, and was interred with great funeral pomp in Westminster Abbey. With him the title became Extinct. His lordship's brother, Robert Blakeney, Esq., of Mount Blakeney, co. Limerick, whose will was proved in 1763, m. Deborah, dau. of Grice Smyth, Esq., of Ballynatray, co. Waterford, and had issue, 1- William Blakeney, Esq., of Mount Blakeney who m. Gertrude, dau. of Richard Smyth, Esq., of Ballynatray, and was father of Rev. Robert Blakeney, of Great Eaton, co. Somerset, who d. s.p. 1824; 2- Grice Blakeney, lieutenant-general in the army, d. unm.; 1- Gertrude, m. Robert Blakeney, Esq., of Abbert; and 2- Jane, m. Robert Uniacke Fitzgerald, Esq., of Corkbegg, co. Cork, and was mother of Gertrude, wife of John La Touche, Esq., of Harristown, co. Kildare. Arms -- Sa., a chev., erm., between three leopards' faces, or."
↑ holmhogs [at] aol [dot] com -- E-mail March 17, 1999: info by Deann'a Aunt Marie, RE: ancestors of Robert von Pagenhardt, son of Annie Post Blakeney who married Doctor Joseph Flavius Adams; E-mail April 16, 1999: notes taken by Marty Davis during a trip to Ireland in 1998, including Stirling Library, Scotland.