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Wednesday, May 14, 2014


SIR JOHN KENNEDY of Dunure, BARON OF DALRYMPLE & FIRST KENNEDY IS MY 15th great grandfather.  He was the son of Sir Gilbert de Carrick of Scotland but changed his name to Kennedy. He married Mary Montgomery, daughter of Neil Montgomery and Elizabeth Cunninghame..... 

He was born about 1315, Daunure Castle, Scotland and died after 1385. He married Mary __, who was born about 1320. John Kennedy of Dunure acquired lands at Cassillis about 1360, and witnessed a charter by Robert II in 1384. He was born a Carrick, and changed his name to Kennedy. His grandson, James Kennedy of Dunure {Danure} married Mary, daughter of King Robert III.


The Kennedys claimed a blood kinship with the Earl of Carrick and supported Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Scottish Independence.[2] In 1372 Robert II of Scotland rewarded John Kennedy of Dunure as chief of his name and ballie of Carrick.[2]


About 1393 Sir Gilbert Kennedy of Dunure granted the lands of Buchmonyn to his cousin or kinsman John Kennedy, son of Fergus Kennedy.
The first direct ancestor of the Earls of Cassillis from whom there is undoubted and unbroken proof of descent is John Kennedy of Denure, who is probably the John Kennedy commemorated by Fordun and Wyntoun as sturdily fighting in Carrick against the Galloway men or the supporters of Edward Baliol in the year 1346, before the English domination was finally overcome. He is evidently the John McKennedy, who is named by King David II. in a charter anent the clan of Muntercasduf, and John McKennedy captain thereof, the date of which may be about 1345 or 1346, at least before the battle of Neville's Cross. Whoever he was, he was sufficiently prominent in 1354 to have his son and heir named as a hostage for King David II, and Gilbert his eldest son did become a hostage in 1357. Some years later he acquired the lands of Castlys (or Cassillis) from Marjorie Montgomerie, cousin and heiress of Christian Montgomerie, either by purchase or through marriage. In 1361 he received, apparently as a gift from the King, the contributions due to the Crown from the sheriffdom of Wigtown, part of Galloway, and in 1367, he was acting as steward of the earldom of Carrick. It is possible that he was the John Kennedy of Glasgow diocese who, on 10 February 1364-65 received papal letters rehabilitating his children that they might hold church benefices, they having been disqualified because he had caused a priest to be slain, who had slandered him to King David. In 1370 he acquired one half the barony of Dalrymple from Malcolm son of Gilchrist, son of Adam Dalrymple, and in 1376 he obtained the other half from Hugh, son of Roland Dalrymple. In 1370 also Malcolm, son of Roland of Carrick, gave him the lands of Treuchan and Kennochen in Kirkmichael parish or Kyrkmichel Munterduffy, to use the name given in the charter, to which charter the seal of Malcolm is attached. Between 1370 and 1380 Jolm Kennedy was witness to a charter of the lands of Blairquhan to Roland Kennedy, who in a writ dated between 1386 and 1400 styles Sir Gilbert Kennedy of Dunure patruus, and must therefore have been a nephew or near kinsman of John. [3, 5]
FN 3 [S1924] #189 The Scots Peerage: Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of that Kingdom, with Armorial Illustrations (1904-1914), Paul , Sir James Balfour, (9 volumes. Edinburgh: D. Douglas, 1904-1914), FHL book 941 D22p; FHL microfilms104,157-104,161., vol. 2 p. 425.
FN 5 [S1924] #189 The Scots Peerage: Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of that Kingdom, with Armorial Illustrations (1904-1914), Paul , Sir James Balfour, (9 volumes. Edinburgh: D. Douglas, 1904-1914), FHL book 941 D22p; FHL microfilms104,157-104,161., vol. 2 p. 444.
This account lists John's father as Fergus, wife Mary, and children as:
1. Sir Gilbert Kennedy, Knight, of Dunure, d. Aft Nov 1408, of, Dunure, Ayrshire, Scotland 2. Margaret Kennedy, 3. John Kennedy, 4. Rolland Kennedy,


6. Sir John6 Kennedy of Dunure (Gilbert5de Carrick, Gilbert4, Roland3, Nicol,2, Duncan1) Baron of Dalrymple is designated son of Gilbert de Carrick in many authentic writs; he obtained from King Robert II a charter confirming grants made to him by Marjorie de Montgomery, daughter of John Montgomery, of lands of Cassillis in Ayrshire.10
Children of Sir John6 Kennedy of Dunure and an unknown spouse were:
7. i. Sir Gilbert7 of Dunure, m. Marion Sandilands of Calder; m. Agnes Maxwell.
John Kennedy of Dunure1
M, #2434, d. after 1385
Last Edited=22 Jun 2008
John Kennedy of Dunure died after 1385.1
He was granted charters by King David II confirming the lands of Castlys and Stair, Kilmore, all in Ayrshire.1 In 1370 he acquired the Barony of Dalrymple from Marjorie de Montgomerie.1 He lived at Dunure, Ayrshire, Scotland.1
Child of John Kennedy of Dunure
Sir Gilbert Kennedy of Dunure+ 1
[S8] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes (Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999), volume 1, page 40. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition. -------------------- Knight
Data of Miriam Bertelson, Fremont, CA
Scots Peerage, 1904, BY J.B. Paul, Pgs. 444, 445, 446, 447.
In 1361 he received the contributions due the Crown from the Sheriffdom of Wigtown.
In 1367 he was acting as Steward of he Earldom of Carrick.
In 1370 he received 1/2 of the Barony of Dalrymple and in1376 he received the other 1/2.
He was present and did homage to King Robert II
In 1374-5 HE Acquired The Barony OF Cumbernauld
Mary, His Wife, IS Not Proven. May Have Been A 2ND Marriage.
Compiled and Edited by John and Vernabelle Hollowell, Fort Benton, MT.
Sir John Kennedy of Dunure is your 15th great grandfather.  
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