The Kennedy Society is saddened to report of the untimely death of our Lord Charles Kennedy.

Lord Archibald Angus Charles Kennedy was the 8th Marquess of Ailsa, 19th Earl of Cassillis, 21st Lord Kennedy and 8th Baron Ailsa, eldest son of the 7th Marquess of Ailsa, was born in 1956 at Culzean Castle in Ayrshire Scotland. His frequent travel to the United States to attend Scottish Games and visit with Kennedy Society members and friends was well anticipated by all who knew and loved him.

He will be missed by all.

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We sent a request for KSNA members to send their favorite photos of Lord Ailsa for use on the Kennedy website, for a memorial photo album being produced by Ann, and for possible use by Sue in the upcoming issue of the Gazette. I sincerely hope that you will be able to help with these projects. Ann has found several great shots by searching the Shutterfly pictures on the website and past issues of the Gazette, however, we don’t want to omit your favorites. So please look through your photos and send them when you can. We want to have the photo album complete for use at Loch Norman in April, other games as possible, and at the AGM in September.
All photos need to have Lord Ailsa in the picture, year and people identified if possible. If not, year and where is sufficient.

Please SEND your photos for the website to Ken Freshleys at; COPY to Ann for Photo Album at; and COPY for use by Sue for newsletter at

Thank you for your help in these KSNA projects.

Paul L. Key


Up the coast to Ballantrae, through the ancient kingdom of Carrick, beware! The wild and mighty Kennedys are here!

The Kennedy Society of North America was founded at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games (Linville, North Carolina) in 1973. We number several hundred active members and their families, and we are growing steadily. Although our name says North America, we have members in other countries around the world as well as in the United States and Canada.

We are incorporated as a non-profit social and historical organization interested in the Celtic peoples, particularly the Scots, Scots-Irish, and the Irish Kennedys (however spelled) and their descendants who came to America. The basic family names are Kennedy, Canaday, Carrick, Cassillis, and Cassell or Cassels. We also welcome those of our family who are descended from the branches named Ulrich, MacUlric, or MacWalrich, who basically are Highlanders. (The Kennedys of Lochaber and the North are descended from Ulric Kennedy, who fled from Ayrshire and settled in Lochaber before later moving on.)

The Kennedy Society is one of participation. We award scholarships yearly for the study of Highland dancing, piping, and other Celtic arts. Also, we offer the opportunity to join with others of this great family to socialize, research, and record the stories, names, and places of our history so that others might be able to find their roots, and so that this priceless history will not be lost.

Membership dues, scholarship donations, and other contributions are U.S. tax-deductible.

Our Society enjoys the patronage of the Most Honourable, the Marquess of Ailsa, Earl of Cassillis, who is the hereditary Chief of Kennedy.

The crest-badge with the dolphin encircled by the buckle and strap identifies followers of the Chief of Kennedy. We of the Kennedy Society are proud wearers of the badge. We invite all persons who are of Kennedy descent to join the Kennedy Society.

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