Clan Kennedy

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Welcome to Clan Kennedy

Clan Kennedy Team
Team Leader
Team MembersGeorge Kennedy, Harriet Burns
Clan Chief: David Thomas Kennedy, 9th Marquess of Ailsa. 20th Earl of Cassillis, 21st Lord Kennedy, 9th Baron Ailsa. Hereditary Clan Chief of Clan Kennedy. Chief of the Name and Arms of Kennedy, of Ailsa. Succeeded his brother in 2015.
Crest: A dolphin naiant Proper
Motto: Avise la fin (Consider the end)
Slogan/War Cry:
Region: Lowlands
Historic Seat:
Plant badge: Oak
Pipe music:
Gaelic name: MacUalraig (Surname), Ceannaideach (Surname), Ceannaideach (Singular), Clann 'icUalraig (Collective)

Clan Team

Team Goals

The focus of this team's work is to identify, improve and maintain profiles associated with the Lairds and Chiefs of Clan Kennedy together with members bearing the name Kennedy, the related families and those recognised as septs of Clan Kennedy.

Team To Do List

This list will be developed by the Team. If you are working on a specific task, please list it here:

  • promoting the entries of those bearing the name Kennedy on Wikitree.
  • ensuring entries appearing on Wikitree are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan Kennedy.


Cassels, Cassillis, Cassell, MacOurlick, MacUlric, MacUlrick, Ulric

Clan History

Clan Branches

Kennedy of Cassillis (chiefs)
Kennedys of Kermuck
Kennedys of Moray
Kennedys of Bargany

Other Names Associated with the Clan

Allied Clans

Clan Bruce

Rival Clans

Clan Forbes

Clan Research and Free Space Pages

Source Material

Image Credits and Acknowledgements

Information below this line should be summarized and incorporated on this team page. Detailed information should be moved to additional clan pages.


Cassillis House, Scottish Lowlands. Seat of the Chiefs of Clan Kennedy

Culzean Castle was a former seat of the chiefs

Dunure Castle in South Ayrshire was the original stronghold of the chiefs

Cruggleton Castle, Sorbie, Wigtownshire
Dunduff Castle
Greenan Castle in Ayr.
Maybole Castle

Origins of the clan:

The Votadini were a tribe in Lothian and their chief, Cunedda, was sent by the Saxon leader, Vortigern, to establish settlements in order to resist Picto-Scottish sea raids in the south west of Scotland. These settlements spread down the west coast as far as Wales. Cunedda is rendered as Cinneidgh in the Celtic language, meaning ugly or grim-headed. The name became associated with the district of Carrick, Scotland.

Kennedy comes from the flattering Gaelic word cinneidigh, which in ancient Ireland meant "ugly headed". Crossing the Irish Sea to settle in an area of Dalriada now called Carrick in Ayrshire, they were probably led by Gilbert, whose son Duncan became the 1st Earl of Carrick in the 12th century.

During the early part of the reign of William the Lion, Gilbert Mac Kenedi witnessed a charter to Melrose Abbey granting lands in Carrick. ] During the reign of Alexander II of Scotland Gillespie Kennedy is named in charters as the senechal of Carrick.

Wars of Scottish Independence:

The Kennedys claimed a blood kinship with the Earl of Carrick and supported Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Scottish Independence. In 1372 Robert II of Scotland rewarded John Kennedy of Dunure as chief of his name and ballie of Carrick.

15th and 16th centuries:

In about 1457 John's direct descendant, Gillbert, was created Lord Kennedy. He was also a regent to the infant James III of Scotland. James Kennedy, brother of the first Lord Kennedy, was one of Scotland's best loved bishops. James served briefly as High Chancellor of Scotland and was also Bishop of Dunkeld, and also later Archbishop of St Andrews. In 1455 he founded St Salvator's College.

Hugh Kennedy of Ardstinchar was a Scots mercenary who fought at the Siege of Orléans for Joan of Arc. As a result Joan figures on the arms of Kennedy of Bargany.[

In 1509, Sir David Kennedy, the third Lord Kennedy was created Earl of Cassillis. He was killed at the Battle of Flodden in 1513. The second Earl of Cassillis was murdered in 1527. Gillbert Kennedy, the third Earl, was one of four Scottish commissioners who were poisoned on their return from the marriage of Mary, Queen of Scots to the Dauphine of France in 1558. The third Earl had inherited his title at the age of twelve and one of his first acts was to sign the death warrant of Patrick Hamilton, the first Scottish Protestant martyr.

The Moray Kennedys were a branch of the clan who travelled north with the sister of the third Lord Kennedy, Janet Kennedy who had a son by James IV of Scotland, as part of the possession of the earldom of Moray. The Moray Kennedys became a sept of the Clan Cameron.

See Also:

Clan Name Crest Badge Kennedy

Marquess of Ailsa

Lands Tartan Tartan


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Kennedy tartan
Kennedy tartan



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