Archibald Kennedy, 8th Marquess of Ailsa

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Coat of arms of the Marquess of Ailsa

Archibald Angus Charles Kennedy, 8th Marquess of Ailsa, 19th Earl of Cassilis, 21st Lord Kennedy, 8th Baron Ailsa, (born 13 September 1956), is a Scottish peer, the son of Archibald Kennedy, 7th Marquess of Ailsa.[1]

Lord Ailsa married Dawn Leslie Anne Keen in 1979; they have two children:

  • Lady Rosemary Margaret Kennedy (b. 1979)
  • Lady Alicia-Jane Lesley Kennedy (b. 1981)

Archibald Angus Charles Kennedy, 8th Marquess of Ailsa succeeded to the titles of 19th Earl of Cassilis, 21st Lord Kennedy, 8th Marquess of Ailsa & 8th Baron Ailsa on 7 April 1994 after the death of his father.[2]

The Marquess of Ailsa is the hereditary Clan Chief of Clan Kennedy.

The heir presumptive to the Marquesate and title of Clan Chief is the Marquess' brother, Lord David Thomas Kennedy (b. 1958). It is unclear who is the heir presumptive to the family's other titles, which, depending on the terms of the original letters patent which granted the peerages, can be inherited by a female, therefore making the Marquess' daughter Lady Rosemary Margaret Kennedy potentially the heir to those titles. However, a dispute on the inheritance of the Earldom and the Lordship arose on the death of The 8th Earl of Cassillis in 1759 between an heir male and an heir general (through the female line) was resolved by the Court of Session and the House of Lords in 1762 in favour of the heir male. This would indicate, based on precedent, that the Earldom of Cassillis and the Kennedy Lordship will pass to the brother of the current Marquess as heir presumptive.[3] [4]

The name of the title, Marquess of Ailsa, is derived from the island of Ailsa Craig in the Firth of Clyde, which was owned by the family.[5] The island is still owned by the Marquess of Ailsa but was placed up for sale in May 2011; as of March 2013, the asking price was for offers over £1,500,000.[6]



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  3. ^ The Complete Peerage, vol. III, pp 78 - 79
  4. ^ For a more complete description of the dispute see Marquess of Ailsa
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Peerage of the United Kingdom
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Archibald Kennedy
Marquess of Ailsa
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Archibald Kennedy
Earl of Cassilis