Enid Mary Blyton, who was born on 11-08-1897 in Dulwich and died on 28-11-1968 in London, was one of the world’s greatest writers of children’s books and was very popular in Ireland. Both her father and grandfather were called Thomas Carey Blyton, the Carey being handed down from the Carys of Tiernaleague House, Carndonagh, now occupied by the Shorthall family. It was the custom among the gentry to retain a maternal relation in the family name. Enid’s great-great- grandmother was Mary Ann Cary, whose father was Mica Cary of Tiernaleague. (See earlier posts). He owned most of the lands around the town of Carndonagh. Mary Anne died in Ramelton in 1814. The full family tree is given below, with the help of a Dutch genealogist, Hanneke Young-Tammel. Going back further in the centuries, we find Enid is also related to the Youngs of Culdaff and the Hamiltons of Ramelton.
The literary genes which run through this family are evident in the writings of the internationally acclaimed author, Joyce Cary, who died in 1957 and lived at Redcastle and Falmore house. (See “Joyce Carey Remembered” by Barbara Fisher for more local connections with this writer).
If you have any memories of Enid Blyton, feel free to add them to the messages on this site. Further news of famous writers with Inishowen connections will be added at a later date. The Blyton connection would be the basis for a great children’s book festival in the peninsula.
She was a daughter of Thomas Carey Blyton, born 05-03-1870 Deptford, died 17-07-1920 Sunbury-on-Thimes. Enid’s mother was Theresa Mary Harrison, born 18-06-1874 Sheffield, died 1950 Maidstone.
He was the son of Thomas Carey Blyton, born ca. 1840 Swinderby, died 11-01-1911 Hudderfield,
His wife was Mary Ann Handy, born 1839 Ballyfatton, co Tyrone, died June 1907 Ecclesall Bierlow,
She was the daughter of Michael Handy born ca. 1796 Sligo, died 05-04-1862 Shoreditch London.
The wife of Michael Handy was, Martha Hamilton, born ca. 1813 Ramelton, died 11-06-1857 22 Dunston Street Shorditch London
She was the daughter of Dr. Charles Hamilton, born ca. 1764 Ramelton, died 6-10-1843 Ballyfatto co. Tyrone.
His wife was Marry Anne Cary, born 1775 Donagh co. Donegal, died 19-03-1814 Ramelton,
She was the daughter of Micah Cary, he died june 1789 Tiernaleaghe Cardonagh, his wife was Mary Anne Hamilton, died june 1789, the daughter of James Hamilton
Micah Cary, born ca. 1689, married first to Sarah Young, daughter of George Young and Elizabeth Mclaughlin,Micah’s mother was N.N. Rankin.
George’s his father was Tristram Cary, born 1652, died 1726 Raphoe, Micah’s mother was Charity Staples, daughter of Alexander Staples
Thristram’s, father was Edward Cary, born ca. 1650, died 04-06-1686, his mother was Sarah Beresford, daughter of Tristram Beresford and Sarah Sackville.
The father of Tristram was George Cary, born ca. 1589 in Devon died 22-04-1640 in Londoderry, his wife was Jane Bersford, the daughter of Tristram Beresford and Susannah Brooke, the sister of Jane Beredford, Elizabeth, married George Hart
George Cary, is the son of Francis Cary and Julia Pyne, there son Robert, has a son, and that son has a daughter Ann or Elizabeth, she died between 1676 or 1677 in Culdaff or Cloncha, she married Robert II Young as his first wife, his second Wife is Elizabeth Hart, the daughter of George Hart and Elizabeth Cary, daughter of George Cary and Jane Beresford, daughter of Tristram Beresford and Susannah Brooke