Marriage gave both parties access to land, social position, reputation and influence and, as often as not, both had fascinating tales to tell. Boorstin (The Americans: The Colonial Experience (1958)), describing two features central to pre-nineteenth century English society, writes: No features .. Security came from the assurance of living in a network of familiar and predictable relationships. The substantial squire who was a justice-of-the-peace, a pillar of respectability, a doer of good, a protector of the weak, and a defender of the national interest was no mere fiction.
As for the story we tell below, one should never forget Oscar Wilde's self-deprecating observation: We Irish are too poetical to be poets; we are a nation of brilliant failures, but we are the greatest talkers since the Greeks.
The truth of the matter is that the Irish Bloods were typical Protestant Irish landed gentry and their history is to be found mirrored in that of thousands of like families who went to Ireland and made what they could of it.
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It was the dependence of the honest peasant on his squire, of the squire on the noble lord, of the rector on his bishop, of the writer on his patron, and even the dependence of [noble lords on the prime minister and the Crown] as the fountains of honour and profit.
These and a thousand other dependencies gave English life the security and comfort it held for so many.
When corrected and amplified portions of the 1881 tree were published in the addenda to Burkes Landed Gentry of Ireland (1899) and later editions published in 19, there was no mention of Edmund Blood of Makeney although Captain Edmund Blood MP was shown as having originated in Makeney.
Additional sources of information about the Blood family include General Sir Bindon Blood's autobiography Fourscore Years and Ten (1933) and the unpublished research undertaken by Lt. John Neptune Blood (1897-1960) [the latter provided by Robert Edmund (Bob) Blood].
The earliest written narrative dates from 1791 and was prepared by William Blood (d.1818) of Dunboyne, Co.
Meath, grandson of William Blood (c.1600-aft.1650). This document was passed to another William Blood who worked as an official at the Bank of Ireland in Dublin.
Charles Lucas (1713-1771) (ii) older brother, Thomas (d.1730), heads the line leading to William Blood (1720-1791) (WB), Old Will of Roxton, High Sheriff in 1750 (iii) Colonel William Blood (1749-1784) (Col WB), son of WB is Young Will of Roxton, High Sheriff in 1774 (iv) Bindon Blood (1775-1855) - son of Col WB, grandson of WB - a.k.a.