David Kennedy, 1st Earl of Cassilis

David Kennedy, 3rd Lord Kennedy and 1st Earl of Cassilis (1463 – 9 Sep 1513) was a Scottish peer, the son of John Kennedy, 2nd Lord Kennedy. He was born about 1463, Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland.[1] He was a Privy Councillor of King James IV and was created Earl of Cassilis by him in 1502.[2]


David Kennedy married Agnes Borthwick, daughter of William Borthwick, 3rd Lord Borthwick.[3] Their son, Gilbert, 2nd Earl of Cassilis (29 Sep 1494-27 Aug 1527) married Isabella Campbell daughter of Archibald Campbell, 2nd Earl of Argyll.[4] Their daughter Katherine married William Hamilton of Sorn and Sanquhar.[5]

After Agnes died David married Margaret Boyd, widow of Alexander Forbes and daughter of Sir Thomas Boyd, Earl of Arran and Mary Stewart, Countess of Arran, daughter of King James II of Scotland, but they had no children.[6] Margaret Boyd is sometimes confused with Marion Boyd, daughter of Thomas Boyd, Earl of Arran who was born 69 years after David died.


  1. KENNEDY CLAN http://mlloyd.org/gen/macomb/text/kennedy/kennedypedigree.htm
  2. John Burke: A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire
  3. Historical account of the noble family of Kennedy, Marquess of Ailsa and Earl of Cassilis, 1849 p.30
  4. Groom, ed., Francis Hindes. Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder, & Co. p. 30:418. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  5. Paul, James Balfour (1905). The Scots Peerage. Edinburgh: Douglas. p. 463.
  6. Douglas Richardson: Magna Carta Ancestry:A study of colonial and medieval families: Vol I, 2011 p.585
Peerage of Scotland
New title Earl of Cassilis
Succeeded by
Gilbert Kennedy
Preceded by
John Kennedy
Lord Kennedy
Succeeded by
Gilbert Kennedy
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