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.