Archibald Kennedy, 11th Earl of Cassilis

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Captain Archibald Kennedy, 11th Earl of Cassilis (bef. 1736 – 30 December 1794) was a Scottish peer who lived in the United States.


Kennedy was the son of Archibald Kennedy (1685–1763) and Maria Walter (1689–1764), the daughter of Robert Walter and Catharine Leisler.[1] His mother had previously been married to Arent Schuyler (1662–1730), who died before they had children.[2]

His father was a descendant of the second son of the 3rd earl, Gilbert Kennedy, 3rd Earl of Cassilis (1515–1558). He lived in New York City at 1 Broadway in the Kennedy mansion[3] until he was recalled to succeed to the Earldom on the death of the 10th Earl, who had died without male issue in 1792.


He succeeded to the titles of 11th Earl of Cassilis, and 13th Lord Kennedy on 18 December 1792. Cassilis was appointed Major Commandant of the Loyal Carrick Volunteers in early 1797.[4]

Personal life[edit]

His first marriage was sometime before June 1765, to Katherine Schuyler (1737–1765), daughter of Peter Schuyler (1710–1762) and granddaughter of Arent Schuyler, his mother's first husband. Katherine was an only child, so she inherited all of her father's estate upon his death in 1762. After her death in 1765, Kennedy inherited the entire estate.[1]

On 27 April 1769, he married for the second time to Anne Watts (1744-1783), the daughter of John Watts (1715–1789) and Ann DeLancey (d. 1784), sister of John Watts (1749–1836), and granddaughter of Stephen Delancey (1663–1741).[1] Like his first wife, Watts was also a descendant of the Schuyler family. They had three children:


His great-grandsons included Sir John Gordon Kennedy K.C.M.G. (1836–1912), who became an eminent diplomat,[7] Admiral Sir William Robert Kennedy G.C.B. (1838–1916), who became Commander-in-Chief, The Nore,[8] and Gilbert George Kennedy (1844–1909) who played for the Scottish XI in the second international football match against England.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Stevens, Walter Barlow (1921). Centennial History of Missouri, Vol. 2, 1921. Chicago : S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. p. 76. 
  2. ^ "Early New Netherlands Settlers". Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  3. ^ New York Times, "OLD HOUSES.; Description of an Ancient New-York Landmark. The Kennedy Mansion", 3 October 1872.
  4. ^ "no. 14012". The London Gazette. 23 May 1797. p. 472. 
  5. ^ Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal, Marquis of Ruvigny, Essex Volume, republished by Genealogical Publishing Company, 1994
  6. ^ Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, John Burke, Bernard Burke, Vol. I, Henry Colburn, London, 1847
  7. ^ Lundy, Darryl (29 August 2006). "Sir John Gordon Kennedy". Retrieved 31 August 2011. [unreliable source]
  8. ^ "Admiral Sir William Robert Kennedy". 22 September 2003. Retrieved 31 August 2011. [unreliable source]
  9. ^ Mitchell, Andy (2011). Arthur Kinnaird: First Lord of Football. Andy Mitchell. p. 49. ISBN 1-4636-2111-6. 
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
David Kennedy
Earl of Cassilis
Succeeded by
Archibald Kennedy