This ancient KENNEDY clan is found associated with the south-west of Scotland from the 12th century, and the history of the Carrick district of Ayrshire is substantially the early history of the Kennedies. They are claimed to have descended from the Ist Earl of Carrick. The earliest Kennedy in Scotland appears to be Gilbert Mac Kenedi who witnessed a charter by Roderic Mac Gillescop of the lands in Carric to the Abbey of Melrose, early in the reign of King William the Lion. Henry Kennedy is named in 1185, as one of the leaders and instigators of the rebellion in Galloway, and is stated to have fallen in battle. Murdoch Mackenedy was a juror on an inquisition in Girvan in 1260, and Murthan MacKenede, witnessed a charter in the same year. Alexander Kennedy was the canon of Glasgow in the year 1296, and Duncan Kennedy was documented as the provost of Aberdeen in 1321. A family of Kennedy's held the lands of Kermuck in Aberdeenshire for many generations. Notable leading figures of the name include Gilbert, 4th Earl of Cassillis, famed for 'roasting the Abbot of Crossraguel' in the dungeons of Dunure. James Kennedy (1408-65) was the Bishop of St. Andrews and advisor to James II. A notable member of the name was Joseph Patrick Kennedy (1888-1969) American multi-millionaire, born in Boston, the grandson of an Irish Catholic immigrant. He was educated at Harvard, and made a fortune in the 1920's. During the 1930's he was a strong supporter of Roosevelt. Married in 1941 to Rose Fitzgerald, they had nine children, including John F Robert and Edward Kennedy, at whose political disposal he placed his fortune. John F.Kennedy (1917-63) was the 35th (and youngest) President of the United States of America. The name has had many variants including Canedie 1420. Kanide 1526.
Origin of Name: Gaelic ceannaideach (ugly head)
Plant Badge: Oak
Gaelic Name: MacUalraif Ceannaideach
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