The Kennedy clan can trace their ancestry back to Cunedda, chief of the Votadini tribe in Lothian during the 5th century.
Over the years, the name would eventually come to be synonymous with settlements along the west coast of Britain, and eventually with the district of Carrick in Ayrshire.
The first mention of the ‘Kennedy’ as a surname comes in a charter during the early reign of William the Lion in the 12th century in which Gilbert Mac Kenedi witnessed a charter at Melrose Abbey.
The Kennedys would go on to support Robert the Bruce during the Scottish Wars of Independence in the 14th century and would be rewarded for this by Robert II in 1372 when he made John Kennedy of Dunure the chief of his name and Ballie of Carrick.
The Kennedys would remain in the Ayrshire region, holding important seats at Dunure Castle and the very opulent Culzean Castle, the latter of which is still standing today and was previously known for featuring on the Scottish five-pound note!
The Kennedys handed over Culzean castle to the National Trust in 1945 and the chief family now have their seat at Cassillis House, near Mayblole in Ayrshire. The current clan chief is David Kennedy, 9th Marquess of Ailsa.