David Kennedy, 1st Earl of Cassilis

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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 Lady Isabel Campbell, daughter of Archibald Campbell, 2nd Earl Argyll and Elizabeth Stewart. Their son, Gilbert, 2nd Earl of Cassilis (29 Sep 1494-27 Aug 1527) married Margaret Kennedy, daughter of Sir Alexander Kennedy.

It is often incorrectly reported that David married Marion Boyd, daughter of Thomas Boyd, Earl of Arran but that is impossible because Marion was born 69 years after David died. Marion Boyd did, however, marry James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Abercorn and their son was George Hamilton, 1st Baron of Donalong. He died on 9 September 1513, while fighting for Scotland at Flodden Field together with the King.


  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
Peerage of Scotland
New title Earl of Cassilis
Succeeded by
Gilbert Kennedy
Preceded by
John Kennedy
Lord Kennedy
Succeeded by
Gilbert Kennedy