Marquess of Ailsa

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Marquess of Ailsa, of the Isle of Ailsa in the County of Ayr, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 10 September 1831 for Archibald Kennedy, 12th Earl of Cassilis. The title Earl of Cassilis (pronounced "Cassels") had been created in 1509 for the 3rd Lord Kennedy. This title had been created in the Peerage of Scotland in 1457. The 1st Marquess had been created Baron Ailsa in the Peerage of the United Kingdom on 12 November 1806.

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The name of the title was taken from the Island of Ailsa Craig in the Firth of Clyde.[1] The island is still owned by the family but it is currently up for sale for £1,500,000.[2]

James Kennedy, Archbishop of St Andrews, was the younger brother of the first Lord Kennedy.

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

The family's seats were Cassillis House[3] and Culzean Castle, near Maybole, Ayrshire.

Lords Kennedy (1457)[edit]

Earls of Cassilis (1509)[edit]

Marquesses of Ailsa (1831)[edit]

The heir presumptive is the present holder's younger brother Lord David Thomas Kennedy (born 1958), as the present holder has no sons.
The heir presumptive's heir apparent is his son Archibald David Kennedy (born 1995).