Archibald Kennedy, 1st Marquess of Ailsa

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Archibald Kennedy, 1st Marquess of Ailsa KT, FRS (February 1770 – 8 September 1846), styled Lord Kennedy between 1792 and 1794 and known as The Earl of Cassilis between 1794 and 1831, was a Scottish peer.


Kennedy was the eldest son of Archibald Kennedy, 11th Earl of Cassilis, by Anne, daughter of John Watts. He became known by the courtesy title Lord Kennedy when his father succeeded to the earldom of Cassilis in 1792.[1]


Kennedy succeeded to the earldom on the death of his father 30 December 1794. He sat in the House of Lords as a Scottish Representative Peer between 1796 and 1806. In the latter year he was created Baron Ailsa, of Ailsa in the County of Ayr, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, which entitled him to an automatic seat in the House of Lords. He was admitted a Fellow of the Royal Society on 18 February 1819.[2] In 1831 he was created Marquess of Ailsa, of the Isle of Ailsa in the County of Ayr. He voted for the Reform Bill in 1832.


Lord Ailsa married Margaret Erskine, the second daughter of John Erskine of Dun, Forfarshire, on 1 June 1793. They had five children:

Lord Ailsa died in 1846 and was succeeded by his grandson, Archibald Kennedy.[1]


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Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Archibald Kennedy
Earl of Cassilis
Succeeded by
Archibald Kennedy
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New title Marquess of Ailsa
Succeeded by
Archibald Kennedy