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Alfred Ravenscroft Kennedy

Male 1879 - 1943  (63 years)



  • Name Alfred Ravenscroft Kennedy  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 15 Feb 1879  Liverpool Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3
    Residence Apr 1881  5 Mossley Hill, Liverpool Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Residence Apr 1891  Randolph Villas, Totland, Isle of Wight Find all individuals with events at this location ; lodgers  [2
    Education 1892 - 1897  Eton College Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 5
    • Mr Impey's House
    Education 1897 - 1901  King's College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 5
    Residence Mar 1901  Wood Farm, Charmouth Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    • lodger + brother Horace; next door to Rev John Kennedy, retired schoolmaster & clergyman, single, age 53 b Kensington; possibly an uncle.
    Degree/Qualif. 1903  Lincoln's Inn, Holborn Find all individuals with events at this location ; Barrister  [5
    Degree/Qualif. abt 1903  Cambridge University Find all individuals with events at this location ; MA  [1
    Marriage 11 Aug 1908  St Catherine, Liverpool Find all individuals with events at this location   [7, 8, 9
    Daisy Chapman,   b. abt Aug 1881, Liverpool Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Jan 1962, Holly Tree Cottage, Ablington, Bibury Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Apr 1911  Barrister-at-Law  [3
    Residence Apr 1911  27 Sandon St, Liverpool Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Occupation 1919 -  Barrister-at-Law, KC  [1, 5
    Post/Rank/Title 1924 - 1929  Preston Find all individuals with events at this location ; MP (Conservative)  [1
    Occupation 1925 - 1929  Burnley Find all individuals with events at this location ; Recorder  [1, 5
    Residence 1925  Harlings, Newlings Lane, Newdigate Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Occupation 1929 - 1943  County Court Judge  [5
    Residence bef Feb 1943  Ablington House, Bibury Find all individuals with events at this location   [10
    Death 10 Feb 1943  Ablington House, Bibury Find all individuals with events at this location   [10, 11, 12
    • On Feb 10. 1943, suddenly, at Ablington, Gloucestershire, His Honour Judge Alfred Ravenscroft Kennedy, K.C. Funeral, Bibury, 2.30 to-morrow (Saturday). Memorial service, Gloucester Cathedral, Monday Feb. 15, at 12 noon. [The Times, 12 Feb 1943]
    Burial 13 Feb 1943  Bibury Find all individuals with events at this location   [12
    • Alfred Ravenscroft Kennedy. Kings Counsel, Master of the Bench of the Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn. Judge of County Courts 15 February 1879 - 10 February 1943.
      Daisy, his wife, 1884 - 1962. [MI Bibury Churchyard; transcr Alf Beard]
    Alfred Ravenscroft Kennedy (1879-1943)
    Alfred Ravenscroft Kennedy (1879-1943)
    Memorial Service
    Notes 
    • His Honour Judge Kennedy, K.C., died suddenly yesterday as he was preparing to leave his home, Ablington House, Bilbury, to sit at Cirencester. He sat at Cheltenham County Court on Tuesday.
      He had been County Court Judge since 1929, first for a short time on Circuit No. 49, comprising Kent, and since 1930 on Circuit No. 53, comprising parts of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire, generally considered, from many points of view, the pleasantest itinerary available to the County Court Bench. He had previously been Conservative M.P. for Preston from 1924 until he was appointed a County Court Judge.
      Alfred Ravenscroft Kennedy was the eldest surviving son of the late Lord Justice Kennedy and was born on February 15, 1879. His mother was a daughter of George Richmond, R.A. He went to Eton in 1892, to Mr. Impey's House, and to King's College, Cambridge, in 1897, and graduated with honours in classics and history in 1901. At Cambridge he followed his father's political creed - to be abandoned later - and was secretary and manager of the Cambridge Liberal Club for several years. He was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1903. The Lord Justice, when at the Bar, had had a close connexion with Liverpool, and the son first settled down chiefly in local practice there. During the 1914-18 war he was an additional legal adviser at the Foreign Office. He took silk in 1919, and three years later was elected a Bencher of his Inn. At the 1924 General Election he won for the Conservatives from the Liberals one of the two Preston seats.
      In 1925 he was appointed Recorder of Burnley, and four years later became a County Court Judge, a post which he filled with great success, and his services were in constant request outside his own sphere of work. At least three times he was a Commissioner of Assize; and he was also deputy chairman of the Gloucestershire Quarter Sessions; arbitrator under the Coal-Mines Act; and a member of the Aliens Tribunal in 1939, and of the County Court Rule Committee. For 10 years he was president of the Corporation of Certified Secretaries; and a portrait presented to him by them on his retirement hangs in their hall. He was also the author of "Contracts of Sale, C.I.F." and he re-edited his father's work on the "Law of Civil Salvage" and "Benjamin on Sale," and contributed to Halsbury's "Laws of England." He was a life governor of Cheltenham College and vice-chairman of the Home Office School, Ashton-Keynes.
      In 1908 he married Daisy, daughter of Alfred Chapman, M.I.C.E. [Obituary, The Times]
    Person ID I1593  Tatham | Heathcote branch, Richmond branch | Descendant
    Last Modified 15 Nov 2013 

    Father William Rann Kennedy,   b. 11 Mar 1846, 9 Campden Hill Villas, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1915, 23 Phillimore Gardens, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Cecilia Sarah Richmond,   b. 31 Dec 1846, 10 York St, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1928, 82 Church St, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Marriage 01 Oct 1874  St Marylebone, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 13, 14, 15
    • On the 1st Oct., at the parish church, Marylebone, by the Rev. W. J. Kennedy, H.M. Inspector of Schools, father of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. T. K. Richmond, Vicar of Roughton Head, Carlisle, William R. Kennedy, Fellow of Cambridge College, Cambridge, Barrister-at-Law, to Cecilia Sarah, youngest daughter of George Richmond, R.A., D.C.L. [The Times]
    Family ID F0008  Family Group Sheet

    Family Daisy Chapman,   b. abt Aug 1881, Liverpool Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Jan 1962, Holly Tree Cottage, Ablington, Bibury Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Marriage 11 Aug 1908  St Catherine, Liverpool Find all individuals with events at this location   [7, 8, 9
    • On 11th Aug., at St. Catherine's Church, Liverpool, by the Revd. James Ogden Coop, Vicar of the Parish, assisted by the Revd. Horace Kennedy, brother of the bridegroom, Alfred Ravenscroft Kennedy, second son of the Right Hon. Lord Justice Kennedy and Lady Kennedy, to Daisy, elder dau. of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Chapman, of 23 Abercromby-square, Liverpool. [The Times, 13 Aug 1908]
    Alfred Ravenscroft Kennedy & Daisy Chapman
    Alfred Ravenscroft Kennedy & Daisy Chapman
    Marriage register
    Notes 
    • no children [16]
    Last Modified 18 May 2013 
    Family ID F0944  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 15 Feb 1879 - Liverpool Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1881 - 5 Mossley Hill, Liverpool Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - lodgers - Apr 1891 - Randolph Villas, Totland, Isle of Wight Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 1892 - 1897 - Eton College Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 1897 - 1901 - King's College, Cambridge Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1901 - Wood Farm, Charmouth Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDegree/Qualif. - Barrister - 1903 - Lincoln's Inn, Holborn Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDegree/Qualif. - MA - abt 1903 - Cambridge University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 11 Aug 1908 - St Catherine, Liverpool Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 11 Aug 1908 - St Catherine, Liverpool Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1911 - 27 Sandon St, Liverpool Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPost/Rank/Title - MP (Conservative) - 1924 - 1929 - Preston Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Recorder - 1925 - 1929 - Burnley Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1925 - Harlings, Newlings Lane, Newdigate Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - bef Feb 1943 - Ablington House, Bibury Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 10 Feb 1943 - Ablington House, Bibury Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 13 Feb 1943 - Bibury Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    2. [S01] Census, UK, 1891.
      age 12

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      age 32 b Liverpool

    4. [S01] Census, UK, 1881.
      age 2

    5. [S05] The Times, obituary, 11 Feb 1943.

    6. [S01] Census, UK, 1901.
      age 22 b Liverpool

    7. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Liverpool, 3Q1908.
      Alfred Ravenscroft Kennedy = Daisy Chapman

    8. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      marr 2 yrs

    9. [S05] The Times, marriage notice, 13 Aug 1908.

    10. [S05] The Times, death notice, 12 Feb 1943.

    11. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Cirencester, 1Q1943.
      Alfred R Kennedy age 63

    12. [S23] Monumental Inscription, Bibury Churchyard.

    13. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Marylebone, 4Q1874.

    14. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      marr 36 yrs

    15. [S05] The Times, marriage notice, 05 Oct 1874.

    16. [S03] Family Members, WRK.