William Boyd of Dunluce, 1624, son-in-law Walter Kennedy, merchant of Dunluce (and
From the book, An Historical Account of the MACDONNELS Of Antrim: Including Notices of
some other Septs, Irish and Scottish, Rev George Hill, 1873, pp 389-393, it provides this
outline of the Will of William Boyd of Dunluce, 1624. (Typed as written in the book.)
In this Will it mentions these Kennedy’s -
In paragraph 12
(xii) Item, I will yt my daughter Margaret schall have thrie score pownde ster.
off my goods for her portion and for her educaine; I recomend the charge of her to my
wellbeloved sone-in-lawe, Walter Kennedie (see p 64, supra), wh her portion, the use qr
off is to be bestowwed upon her aducaine and for her better breding; the sd Walter is to
give surteis both for her upbringing and also for re-delyverie off her portion at the day
off her mariage as it schall be thocht fit by the undernamed overseers.
And in paragraph 26
(xxvi) Ite, I leave Sr. Wm Kennidie my best sword.
And in paragraph 30
(xxx) Lastly, I will and appoynt fatfull and well-loved ffreinds, Mr Andrew Monpenny
archdeacon off Coner, Wm Dunlape the lard of Crage, Thomas Boyd of Carncogie, Archibald
Boyd off Carncualagh, Archibald Stewart off Bellilachmore, and my son in law Walter
Kennedie, John Logane off the Bosthmiles, Thomas Boyd of Bellihabrett, to be overseers yt
this my will and laste Testament shall duly be performed in all poynts reservinge the
interpretaone off itt to them or any fowre or more off, iff any question shall happen to
arise, qr off Thomas Boyd and Mr Wm. Wallace shall be two.
As far as I can see this will does not tell us the name of the daughter of William Boyd
and Catherine Mcgdmartine, who married Walter Kennedy. In 2007, when I visited Dunluce
and its ruin churchyard, I did find a “flat” gravestone between the Church and the road –
and if I recall – it was two or three graves to the left of that side of the Church
building. And it was then partly covered in grass. I can’t recall if it actually gave
Miss Boyd’s name, but it did mention that children were buried with them and that Walter
Kennedy was a merchant of Dunluce (and I think in Kilmarnock).
Nor is it clear from this will, whom “Sr Wm Kennedie” is in relationship to Walter Kennedy
and if they are father and son.
If you, descend from the family of Walter Kennedy and Miss Boyd or are researching this
family as part of some other Kennedy family, I would like to hear from you please to find
out if they had any children that married and had their own family.
From the reference that overseas be appointed for the three boys and three girls, it could
be assumed that in 1624 that Walter Kennedy and Miss Boyd had not long married, as the
other six children seem to be under age (or less than 21 years old). So, I would assume
that they have married between 1620 and 1624, if any records can be found.
The other interesting thing form this will is that William Boyd was providing for the
education of both his sons and daughters. Perhaps suggesting that he himself had a “high
status” and could have been a younger son of one of the Boyd Cadet Branches of Scotland.
Thank you for your assistance
House of Boyd Society