Gilbert Kennedy of Dunure, 1st Lord Kennedy

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Gilbert Kennedy

Also Known As: "Gilbert /Kennedy/", "Gilbert Kennedy /Lord/", "1st Lord Kennedy", "Close associate of King James III Fact"
Birthplace: Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Ayrshire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir James Kennedy of Dunure the Younger; James Kennedy, Sir; Mary of Scotland, Countess of Angus and Mary Kennedy, Princess
Husband of Catherine Maxwell of Glamis; Katherine Kennedy; Isabel Ogilvy, of Linthrathen and Lady Elizabeth Montgomerie
Father of Elizabeth Kennedy, of Dunure; Agnes Kennedy; James Kennedy; John Kennedy, 2nd Lord Kennedy; Walter Kennedy, of Glentig and 10 others
Brother of Mary Kennedy; John Kennedy of Dunure & Cassilis and James Kennedy, Bishop of St. Andrews
Half brother of Elizabeth Douglas; William Douglas, 2nd Earl of Angus; Lord James Douglas, 3rd Earl of Angus; James Douglas; Robert Graham of Ewisdale, Strathcarron, and Fintry and 6 others

Occupation: ALT B D 1407-1479, One of 6 Regents of Scotland. Created 1st Lord Kennedy 20th March 1457/58, Keeper of the Castle of Lochdoun, Constable of Stirling Castle, Regent of Scotland, Laird of Dunure, office of Constable of Stirling Castle 1466
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About Gilbert Kennedy of Dunure, 1st Lord Kennedy

9. Gilbert9 Kennedy of Dunure (James8, Gilbert7, John6, Gilbert5de Carrick, Gilbert4, Roland3, Nicol,2, Duncan1) was born after 1405.25 He married Catherine de Maxwell, daughter of Lord (--?--) Maxwell, after 1425.26

He was created the first Lord Kennedy between 1457 and 1458.27

Children of Gilbert9 Kennedy of Dunure and Catherine de Maxwell were as follows:

10. i. John10, b. circa 1436 Scotland; m. Elizabeth Gordon.

ii. James of Row; b. circa 1440;28 m. Egidia Blair after 1460.29

iii. Walter of Glentig; b. after 1440.30

He was Parson of Douglas circa 1470.31

iv. Catherine; b. circa 1450;32 m. Alexander Montgomery 2nd Lord Montgomery, son of Alexander Montgomery 1st Lord Montgomery, circa 1470.33

v. Mariot; b. circa 1450;34 m. Sir John Wallace of Craigie circa 1470.35,_1st_Lord_Kennedy

Gilbert Kennedy of Dunure, 1st Lord Kennedy (b. circa 1406, d. after 6 March 1478/9) was a Scottish lord, a son of Sir James Kennedy of Dunure, the Younger, and Lady Mary Stewart, daughter of Robert III, King of the Scots.


Offices and titles

He held the office of Keeper of the Castle of Lochdoun, and the office of Constable of Stirling Castle, in 1466.

He was created 1st Lord Kennedy between 27 March 1457 and 20 March 1458.

In 1460, upon the death of King James II, he was one of the six Regents of Scotland.

Marriage and children

He had two children either out of wedlock or by an unnamed wife:

(Unnamed) Kennedy

Elizabeth Kennedy (b. before 1425)

He was married firstly to Catherine Maxwell, daughter of Herbert Maxwell, 1st Lord Maxwell, circa 1440. They had two children:

Catherine Kennedy (b. before 1444)

John Kennedy, 2nd Lord Kennedy (1454, d. bt 24 Jul 1508 – 13 May 1509)

Secondly, he married Isabel Ogilvy, daughter of Sir Walter Ogilvy of Lintrathen, after 1460.


Gilbert Kennedy, 3rd Earl of Cassilis (1515 – 28 November 1558) was a Scottish peer, the son of Gilbert Kennedy, 2nd Earl of Cassilis.

He succeeded to the titles of 5th Lord Kennedy and 3rd Earl of Cassillis in August 1527. On 6 February 1540/41 he had a charter of the Fief of Cassilis. Gilbert Kennedy was taken prisoner by Thomas Dacre and Sir William Musgrave in the Battle of Solway Moss in 1542, and being committed to the custody of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, was, by the instructions of that venerable martyr, induced to embrace the reformed religion. He became a Protestant, and went over to the English Party. He was released in February 1545, and held the office of Treasurer of Scotland in 1554, of Extraordinary Lord of Session (Scotland) between 1546 and 1558. Gilbert Kennedy fought in the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh on 10 September 1547.

In 1558 he was present, as one of the eight Commissioners appointed by the Scottish Parliament, at the marriage of Queen Mary I of Scotland to the Dauphin of France, to whom the Scottish deputies unanimously refused the Crown matrimonial. The Court of France appeared deeply mortified by this disappointment, and the Earl of Cassilis, with two others of the Commissioners, dying in one night, on 28 November 1558, at Dieppe, a report was raised that poison had been administered to them, which was further countenanced by the death of a fourth Commissioner, Lord Fleming, at Paris, on 16 December 1558.

The Earl married with Margaret Kennedy in 1540. They had four children. *Katherine Kennedy *Gilbert Kennedy, 4th Earl of Cassilis (c. 1541–1576) *Sir Thomas Kennedy, Master of Cassilis (b. between 1543–1558, d. 1602) *Janet Kennedy (bef. 1558–1598)


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Gilbert Kennedy of Dunure, 1st Lord Kennedy's Timeline

Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland
Age 18
Maybole, South Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 19
Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland
October 12, 1436
Age 30
Cassillis House, Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland
Age 30
Casselles, Scotland
Age 33
Ayr, South Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 34
Casselles, Scotland
Age 34
Dunure, Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
Age 36
Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland
Age 39
Maybole, South Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom