Kennedy—This name in N.E. Ulster is of Scottish origin, in Gaelic Mac Ceanadaidh, according to Dr. McBain, who derives it from the Irish Ceinneidigh, ugly head.
This Scottish sept belonged to Ayrshire, the North part of Galloway, and the name is found in Argyle and Inverness. The McKennedys were formerly Lords of Bargany in Ayr. and Earls of Carrick. The family name of the Earls of Casselis was Kennedy. William Buchanan says the McKennedys were originally descended from the once potent surname "of the Mac Kennedys of Ireland."
Alphabetical Index of Surnames
Charlotte Milligan Fox, sister of the poet Alice Milligan, was a founding member of the Irish Folk Song Society and an indefatigable field collector of Irish traditional music. Her singularly important work on Irish haprers is here presented for the twenty-first century reader. This edition of Annals offers a much greater number of illustrations than were included in the original 1911 publication, a full biographical introduction, an extensive bibliography of the writings of Milligan Fox and an appendix discussing the variant texts of Arthur O’Neills Memoirs.
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