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Gilbert Kennedy, 2nd Earl of Cassilis

Also Known As: "Gilbert", "2nd Earl of Cassillis"
Birthdate: (42)
Birthplace: Cassillis House, Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Pow Burn, Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland
Cause of death: Murdered by Hugh Campbell
Immediate Family:

Son of David Kennedy, 1st Earl Of Cassillis and Agnes Borthwick
Husband of Isabel Wallace, Countess of Cassillis
Father of Gilbert Kennedy, 3rd Earl of Cassilis; Quintin Kennedy, Abbot of Crossraguel; Thomas Kennedy; David Kennedy of Culzean; Archibald Kennedy and 8 others
Brother of William Kennedy, Abbot of Crossraguel; James Kennedy, of Brunston; Thomas Kennedy of Coiff; Christian Kennedy; Lady Katherine Kennedy and 2 others
Half brother of Margaret Kennedy

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About Gilbert Kennedy, 2nd Earl of Cassillis

Gilbert Kennedy, 2nd Earl of Cassilis, (b. bef. 1500, d. between 24 & 30 August 1527) was a Scottish peer.

Parents: son of David Kennedy, 1st Earl of Cassilis and Agnes Borthwick.


  1. his second cousin Lady Isabel Campbell, 2nd dau. of Archibald [Campbell], 2nd Earl of Argyll, by his wife Lady Elizabeth Stuart, 1st dau. of John [Stuart], 1st or 10th Earl of Lennox, by his wife Margaret Montgomerie, 1st dau. of Alexander [Montgomerie], 1st Lord Montgomerie

Gilbert Kennedy 2nd Earl and Lady Isabel Campbell include:

7 sons, 4 daughters

  1. Gilbert 3rd Earl of Cassillis, m. Margaret Kennedy; b. between 1517 and 1518.
  2. Thomas.
  3. David of Culzean; m. Janet Kennedy, daughter ofDuncan Kennedy of Daljedburgh.
  4. Quintin, Abbot of Crossraguel who disputed three days at Maybole with Knox.
  5. Archibald.
  6. Hugh of Barquhany.
  7. James of Uchtrelure.
  8. (--?--); m. Thomas McClelland of Bombay.
  9. (--?--); m. Thomas Kennedy, son of Alexander Kennedy of Bargany.
  10. Helen; m. Wm. Adair of Kinhilt.
  11. Janet; m. Fergus McDowell.


Slain by Hugh Campbell, Sheriff of Ayr at the instigation of Sir James Hamilton between 24 August 1527 and 30 August 1527 at Pow Burn, Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland. (cite4)


  • 1513: Succeeded to the title of 4th Lord Kennedy on 9 September 1513.
  • 1513: Succeeded to the title of 2nd Earl of Cassillis on 9 September 1513.
  • 1513: Invested as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.) [Scotland] to King James V.
  • 15xx: Ambassador to England
  • After 1513: Concluded truce with the Duke of Norfolk on part of Henry VIII
  • 1525: Tried for the murder of Martin Kennedy of Lochland in 1525, but was acquitted through the influence of his brother-in-law, the Earl of Argyll.
  • 1526: In December 1526 he was a prisoner in the hands of the Douglas faction, after having joined the unsuccessful attempt of the Earl of Arran to rescue the young King James V

another account

From Historical and genealogical account of the principal families of the name of Kennedy ... with notes ... by Robert Pitcairn.  Published 1830 by W. Tait & J. Stevenson in Edinburgh . Written in English. Page 7-8

6 sons, 2 daughters


  1. Gilbert, Earl after
  2. Thomas
  3. David of Culzeane
  4. Mr. Quynton, Abbot of Corfragall
  5. Hew of Barquhuny
  6. James of Wechtrolour
  7. Jonett, Lady Feochtt
  8. Helene, Lady Kenkill

another account

From Seldens of Virginiaand Allied Families, Volume 1  By Mary Selden Kennedy. Page 383

5 Gilbert6, Lord Kennedy And Second Earl Of Cassillis (David5, Lord Kennedy, the first Earl, John4, Lord Kennedy, Gilbert3, Lord Kennedy, Sir James2, Sir Gilbert1) succeeded his father in the Earldom. He married Issobell Campbell, daughter of Colin Campbell, Earl of Argyll, and had seven sons and two daughters. "The Earl shamefully neglected his hostages who had been placed under the care of the Archbishop of York * * * Earl Gilbert was killed at the Pon of Prestick in Kyll, by Hew Campbell of Londoune, Sheriffe of Aire 28 December, in Anno 1527 and was buried at the Collegiate Church at Mayboll."

7 sons, 2 daughters

  1. Gilbert, "his eldest sonne succidit him."
  2. David, married Janet Kennedy, eldest daughter of Duncan Kennedy of Dalgabre. He was one of the hostages for his brother, the Earl, in England, 1543, who was one of the prisoners taken at the rout of Solway by Dacre and Musgrave, in November, 1542. Thomas Kennedy of Coif, and David and Thomas, his brothers, were hostages for his ransom, which was fixed at £1,000.
  3. Quinton, Abbott of Crosregnall, "the learned and pious Churchman, who publicly disputed with John Knox on the subject of the Sacrifice of the Mass for three days, at Maybole," After his death, in 15(>4, he is said to have been canonized. (See Tracts reprinted by the late Sir Alexander Boswell of Auchinleck; Knox's History, Irving's Lives, 1, 80; Appendix to Keith's Church History, etc.)
  4. Archibald
  5. Henry
  6. James
  7. Robert
  8. Janet, married the Laird of Freuche and had issue.
  9. Helen, married the Laird of Kilhilt and had issue.



  1. [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume III, page 74. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  2. [S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 263. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  3. Kennedy, Hiram Douglas. My Southern Families. World Nobility and Peerage, The Blackmore Press, Gillingham, Dorset, 1967 356-384, p. 369.

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November 7, 1485
Cassillis House, Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland
Age 24
Ayrshire , Scotland
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Dunure, Ayrshire , Scotland
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Dunure, Ayrshire , Scotland
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Culzean Castle, Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland
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Ayrshire , Scotland
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Culzean Castle, Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland
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Culzean Castle, Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland
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Maybole, Ayrshire, , Scotland