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From: "Barbara Hodson and or Mike Stewart" <Barb&>
Subject: [NIR-DOWN] Kennedy of Cultra, Co Down
Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2001 00:45:14 -0700
I too forgot to copy my response to Mike Kennedy's note to the list.
Mike (of Barb&Mike)
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From: "Barbara Hodson and or Mike Stewart" <Barb&>
To: "Mike Kennedy" <>
Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2001 9:35 PM
Subject: Re: [NIR-DOWN] Searching for KENNEDY's of Killyleagh area
Hello Mike Kennedy,
I am pasting here my notes regarding the Kennedy family of Cultra, Co Down.
Sources are noted. Please let me know if you have or discover any details to
add. Please feel free to give my name and email address to others who might
have a connection to the Kennedy's of Cultra. Good luck in building your
Notes regarding Hiugh Kennedy of Cultra, Co Down and descendants:
I. (The Stuarts of Castlestuart, 1854. p 254):
Alexander, third son of Andrew Stuart and Eleanor Dallway who md 1695, was
married twice, by second wife Mary, daughter of Hugh Kennedy, Esq of Cultraw
Co Down, had an only son John.
II. The Kennedys of Cultra were Scots rather than of Irish descent and the
first of the family to settle at Ballycultra was Hugh, a cadet of the Earls
of Cassills. His son John, purchased Cultra estate from the Earl of
Canbrassil in 1671, and the Hugh Kennedy of 1832 was his great-grandson.
Hugh, born 1775, married twice, 1st to Grace Dorothea (1819) d/o Thomas
Hughes of Tipperary, and 2ndly to Sophia, d/o William John Lowe. By his
first wife he had six sons and five daughters and by his second wife, 2 sons
and five daughters. A J.P. and High Sheriff of Down in 1802, he died 1850
being succeeded by his eldset son Robert Stewart Kennedy, (1807-1854), who
md Anne Catherine, d/o Michael Edward Ward of Bangor Castle (q.v.). It was
his son and heir, a member of the British Diplomatic service, Robert John
Kennedy (b 1851) who had the original Cultra house taken down and the
present one erected in its stead 1902-4.
The simple castle style house is seen form the east. It had an
irregular plan with the eastern part of the main front set back from the
rest (though this is not very clear in the drawing), and its other
picturesque castle elements were hood mouldings to the windows and
battlemented parapet. This house was not on the site of the present Cultra
Manor (now part of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum) but of Dalchoolin
(where the Museum's Transport section is now) bet the main road and the
shore. As shown, there was an informal park to the south of the house; to
the seeward side a planted drive led to Cultra quay and lighthouse. Across
the lough the Antrim Hills and Carrickfergus Castle are drawn dramatically
too large. (Belfast Scenery in Thirty Views 1832, Drawn by Joseph Malloy,
and engraved by E.K. Procter, London, with a modern commentary by Fred
Heatley and Hugh
Dixon. Pub by the Linen Hall Library, Belfast, 1983).
III. (Burke's History of the Landed Gentry, 1875, p 726):
KENNEDY OF CULTRA:
Kennedy, Robert-John, Esq. of Cultra co Down b 1850; s. his father 1854.
Lineage:- John KENNEDY, stated to be a member of Kennedy, Earls of Cassilis,
settled in Ireland and purchased the estate of Cultra from the Earl of
Clanbrassill, 1671. He md. Martha, dua. of William Stewart, Esq., of
Ballylawn, Co. Down and aunt of Robert, 1st Earl of Londonderry, and was s.
by his son,
Hugh KENNEDY, of Cultra, who md. Mabel Carteis, and was s. by his eldest
John KENNEDY, of Cultra, who md. Elizabeth, dau of Henry Cole, Esq., and
niece of the 1st Lord Mount Florence, by whom he had issue,
1. Hugh, his heir.
2. John, of Dunbrody Park, co. Wexford, J.P., md. 1st Maria dau. of Col.
Call; and 2ndly Elizabeth dau. of Michael Harris, Esq. By his first wife he
had, with other children who died unm.:
-i. Francis Augustus, of Ruane, co. Wexford, b 1819, formerly Capt in
-ii. Henrietta Maria, md 1841 to Phillip Jocelyn Newton, Esq. of
-iii. Georgina, md Charles Henry Doyne, Esq. of St Austin's Abbey.
3. Arthur, col. in the Army, md. Mabella Hill, and had one dau. Elizabeth,
who md 1861 Sir Anthony Crossdill Weldon, Bart.
Mr Kennedy, who after the death of the 8th Earl of Cassilis, was a claimant
for the title, was s. by his eldest son, Hugh KENNEDY, of Cultra, who md
1st, Grace Dora dau. of John Hughes Esq., by whom he had issue:
1. Robert Stewart, his heir.
3. Arthur Edward, md. Miss Georgina Macartney, and has issue, Arthur,
Elizabeth and Georgina.
4. William Hugh, b 1812, Cap't R.N., md 1841 Gerogina, dau of Sir Charles
Paget, brother of the first Marquess of Anglesey, and d. Oct. 1864, leaving
one daughter Elizabeth Georgina Frederica, md to Michael Francis Knighton
Seymour, Esq., son of Admiral Sir Michael Seymour. G.C.B.
5. Elizabeth, md to Herbert Kynaston, Esq. of Shropshire.
6. Frances, md Rev. Mr. Panter.
7. Grace, md Arthur Woodgate, Esq.
He md 2ndly, Sophia, dau. of Richard, 4th Viscount Boyne, and had further
1. Frederick Frederick.
3. Sophia, md Rev Joseph Marshall.
4. Georgina, d. unm.
5. Florence, md to __ Manton, Esq.
6. Augustus, md __Maderson, Esq.
Mr. Kennedy was s. by his eldest son:
Robert Stewart KENNEDY, of Cultra, who md 5 Sept. 1849 Anne Catherine, dau.
of Edward Michael Ward, Esq., grandson of the 1st Viscount Bangor, and dying
1854, left an only surviving son, Robert John, now of Cultra, and a dau.
Arms - Arg., a chevron, gu., between three cross-crosslets, fictchee, sa.,
within a double tressure, flory counter- flory, of the second.
Crest - A dolphin, naiant, ppr.
Motto - Avise la flu.
Seat - Cultra, co, Down.
IV. Perhaps the most striking example of the increase in North Down rents
during the 18th and early part of the 19th century, is found in Mason's
Statistical Survey of Down, published in 1819: "To give the best idea of the
rise in land in this country, the writer has, by his permission, made
enquiry into the circumstances of the estate of Hugh Kennedy, of Cultra,
Esq. with a view to ascertain the different values which have been set upon
it at different periods. It comprises the townlands of Ballyrobert,
Ballydavy, Craig-a-vad, Ballygrainy, Ballycaltre in the Parish of Holywood,
and Garrowreagh, and Ballybun, in the Parish of Dundonald, amounting in all
to 4,000 acres, not including the demense. In the year 1705 all these lands
were let to tenants upon leases of three lives and 31 years, for the sum of
£297 16. 5d. In the year 1802, they had risen to £1,850 per annum. In 1814,
the greater number of leases having been made from the year 1741 to that of
1755, the rent roll was £5,300 per annum: and if the whole were to be set at
present in proportion to the last granted leases, it is computed that it
would give £9,000 per annum and upwards. To prove that this computation
rather falls short of the truth, we shall state the circumstances of a
single farm. Woosides farm, 45 acres, which is neither the best nor the
worst kind of land, but is nearly equi-distant from both, in 1741, let for
2s. 6d. per acre; but in 1809, it let for £114 2s. which is at the rate of
about £2 10. per acre." (Stevenson, John. Two Centuries of Life in Down
1600-1800. Republished by White Row Press, Belfast, 1990, p 232-233)
V. Sorry Mike old friend nothing came up regarding the name (Raymond
Kelly, Down List, April 2001)
VI. CULTRA Manor, Down. Map 29. Cul Tra; Back of the Strand. . 2
miles north east of Hollywood - to become the Ulster Folk Museum. .
(AAA, Road Book of Ireland. Dublin, 1962)
VII Misc Notes:
-from the County Down Spectator Newspaper. (Sharon, Bangor, Co. Down)
1904: Death of Mrs. Kennedy of Cultra, 24 June 1904 page 6.
-Kennedy- [White marble tablet on outside of priory wall]. Sacred to the
memory of Robert Stewart Kennedy of Cultra, County Down, who died on 6 July
1854. This tablet is erected by his widow in grateful remembrance of his
love and in the ernest hope of a reunion at the resurrection to eternal
life thro' Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Rv.7, 14,21,4. Also to the
memory of Edward Henry, youngest child of Robt. Stewart Kennedy and his wife
Anne Catherine, born 29 Aug 1854, died June 29th 1857. "I shall go to them,
but they will not return to me." II Sam., XII, 23. (Clarke, G.I. Co Down,
Vol 4. (Holywood Graveyard) 1969, p 45).
-Northern Whig, Belfast, thursday 15 July 1824:
Married 11th inst. St George's Ch Dublin, Hugh Kennedy of Cultra of Co Down
to Sophia Low daughter of Hon Mrs Henzell and niece of late Lord Viscount
Boyne of Strachallen in Co Meath.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mike Kennedy" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2001 5:25 PM
> Subject: [NIR-DOWN] Searching for KENNEDY's of Killyleagh area
> > Greetings all:
> > I am re-posting my surnames in the hopes that some kind soul (SKS) can
> > I am searching for KENNEDY's in the area of Co. Down around Killyleagh,
> Shrigley, Tullyveery, Cluntagh, Inch, Crossgar and all nearby areas. I am
> looking for ancestors, descendants, siblings and all relatives of David
> KENNEDY who died in Killyleagh in 1857.
> > I am also building a database of all KENNEDY's in County Down. I would
> appreciate help from anyone with information. Names, dates, events,
> relationships, locations, etc would be appreciated.
> > I am building a second database of all surnames from the area of Co.
> around Killyleagh, Shrigley, Tullyveery, Cluntagh, Inch, Crossgar and all
> nearby areas. Again, I would appreciat help from anyone with information.
> Names, dates, events, relationships, locations, etc would be appreciated.
> > Thank you for any help you can give.
> > Mike Kennedy
> > Dayton Ohio
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