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Background: The Kennedy Clan was strong and powerful, dominating southwestern Scotland for centuries. They were astute enough to support the strong Scottish kings and to oppose the weak ones. This support enabled them to retain their lands and position and to expand them, sometimes at the expense of their neighboring clans. At the time of the Reformation in the 1500s, a schism developed within the Kennedys when one faction (Bargany) favored Henry VIIIís Reformation and the other side of the clan (Cassillis) favored remaining loyal to Rome. Long after the Cassillis branch embraced John Knox and Protestantism, the split remained, resulting in disputes after every clan chiefís death over who should succeed and lead the clan. The issue finally was resolved in favor of the Cassillis branch, and the title of Marquess of Ailsa is passed down through that side of the family today.

Variations: Holmes, Cassilis, Cassells, Cassellis, Cassillis, Cassils, Cassels, Carrik, Carrick, Carric, Carryk, Karryc, Karrick, Kinnedi, Canedie, Kennyde, Kennadee, Kenide, Kennedy, Keneidy, Kennydy, Kennedi, Kenede, Kenadie, Kennaty, Kennatie, Kenyde, Kanydi, Kenedy, Kennety, Kennedye, Kennide, Kinydy, Kennetie, Kanide, Kynidy, Kyneidy, Maccuaraig, Macolrig, Macoulric, Macourlic, Macualraig, Macuaraig, Maculrig, Maculricm, Maculrick, Maculrich, Macwalrick, Makoolrik, Maccualraig

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