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John (8th Earl of Cassillis) Kennedy

John (8th Earl of Cassillis) Kennedy

Male - 1759

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  1. 1.  John (8th Earl of Cassillis) KennedyJohn (8th Earl of Cassillis) Kennedy died on 8 Aug 1759 in Dsp.


    John Kennedy, 8th Earl of Cassilis, was childless, and entailed his lands upon his heir male, perhaps in order to keep the lands and title together. The succession was disputed by William Douglas, later Duke of Queensberry, who claimed both land and titles, as heir general. The House of Lords ruled against him on both points. The original grant of the Earldom no longer exists, so the House of Lords ruling established the fact that the remainder was to heirs male of the body. As that point has now been determined, I suspect that nothing short of an Act of Parliament can change the remainder. If such a change did occur, I would have thought that the Earldom of Cassilis would pass to the heir general of the 8th Earl, rather than a daughter of the 19th Earl.

    John married Susan (of Selkirk) Hamilton in 1738. Susan (daughter of John (3rd Earl of Selkirk) Douglas-Hamilton and Anne (of Cassillis) Kennedy) died on 8 Feb 1763. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

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