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William James Kennedy

Male 1814 - 1891  (77 years)


  • Name William James Kennedy  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Birth 1814  Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 3, 4
    • son of Rev. Rann Kennedy (1772-1851) (master at King Edward's School, Birmingham, and poet) and Julia Hall; brother of Benjamin Hall Kennedy (headmaster of Shrewsbury and classicist) and Charles Rann Kennedy (barrister & classicist).
    Education abt 1826 - 1832  King Edward's School, Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    • his father Rann Kennedy was 2nd master there from 1807 to abt 1836 [DNB]
    Education 1832 - 1835  Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Education 1835 - 1837  St John's College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    • Migrated from Caius to St John's, Feb. 5, 1835. Porson prize, 1835; Scholar, 1835. [5]
    Degree/Qualif. 1837  Cambridge University Find all individuals with events at this location ; BA  [5
    Ordination 23 Aug 1840  Priest, Church of England  [5
    Occupation 1842 - 1843  St Martin in the Fields, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location ; Curate  [5
    Degree/Qualif. 1844  Cambridge University Find all individuals with events at this location ; MA  [5
    Occupation 1844 - 1848  Secretary, National Society  [5
    • National Society for Promoting Religious Education; founded in 1811 as The National Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church in England and Wales; still responsible for the 4700 C of E schools in 2012.
    Marriage 02 Jan 1845  St Edburgha, Yardley Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 4, 6
    Sarah Caroline Bannister Kennedy,   b. abt 1811, Lichfield Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Feb 1896, Barnwood, Tunbridge Wells Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1848 - 1878  H M Inspector of Schools  [5, 7
    • It is sometimes not easy to account for the excellence of a school on the one hand, or for the defects of a school on the other. For example, in a very retired rural district, with a scattered population, called Satterthwaite [...] I find what is perhaps the best small country school in Lancashire; and this result has been brought about in the course of a very few years [...] A good school, however is, I am glad to say, generally attended by one happy result, apart from the benefit accruing to those who attend it; I mean that its example is contagious, and leads to a desire for a good school in neighbouring places; and I believe that the good fame of the Satterthwaite School is leading several districts in its vicinity to emulate its example. [from W J Kennedy's report on Satterthwaite and Rusland National School in 1855]
    Occupation Mar 1851  Clergyman of Ch. of England, not having Cure of Souls, but being H.M. Inspector of Schools, Committee of Council for Education, Privy Council Office  [2
    Residence Mar 1851  12 Bank Parade, Preston Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Occupation Apr 1861  Clergyman of the Church of England. Inspector of Schools. Without cure of Souls  [8
    Residence Apr 1861  19 Ardwick Green, Manchester Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    Occupation Apr 1871  H.M. Inspector of Ch. Schools and Clergyman without Cure of Souls  [9
    Residence Apr 1871  21 Ardwick Green, Manchester Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    Occupation 1878 - 1891  St Lawrence, Barnwood Find all individuals with events at this location ; Vicar  [5
    Occupation Apr 1881  Vicar of Barnwood  [10
    Residence Apr 1881  Vicarage, Barnwood Find all individuals with events at this location   [10
    Occupation Apr 1891  Vicar of Barnwood  [3
    Residence Apr 1891  Vicarage, Barnwood Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Death 03 Jun 1891  Vicarage, Barnwood Find all individuals with events at this location ; Cause: Pneumonia  [4, 11, 12, 13
    • On the 3d June, at The Vicarage, Barnwood, after a short illness, in his 78th year, the Rev. W. J. Kennedy, Vicar of the parish, and formerly for many years one of H.M.'s Inspectors of Schools. [The Times]
    Probate 15 Aug 1891  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; 4,913 14s. 1d.  [13
    • Administration of the Personal Estate of the Reverend William James Kennedy late of barnwood in the County of Gloucester Clerk who died 3 June 1891 at the Vicarage Barnwood was granted at the Principal Registry to William Rann Kennedy of 2 Garden-court Temple in the City of London Esquire the Son and one of the Next of Kin. 15 August. Personal Estate 4,913 14s. 1d. [NPC]
    Notes 
    • Kennedy, William James; Privy Council Office, Downing-street, London S.W. -- St. John's Coll. Cam. B.A. 1837, M.A. 1844. One of H.M.'s Inspectors of Schs. Author, A Clergyman's Apology for favouring the Removal of Jewish Disablities, 1847, Parker. [Crockford's 1868]
    • William James Kennedy. Adm. pens. at Caius, Sept. 21, 1832. [4th] s. of the Rev. Rann (1791). b. 1814. School, King Edward's, Birmingham. Scholar, 1832; matric. Michs. 1833. Migrated to St John's, Feb. 5, 1835. Porson prize, 1835; Scholar, 1835; B.A. 1837; M.A. 1844. Ord. deacon (Lichfield) Sept. 23, 1838; priest, Aug. 23, 1840. C. of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, 1842-3. Secretary of the National Society, 1844-8. Inspector of Schools, dio. of Manchester, 1848-78. V. of Barnwood, Gloucs., 1878-91. Married, Jan. 2, 1845, Miss Kennedy, dau. of George Kennedy, Esq., of Shenstone. Author, A Clergyman's Apology for favouring the removal of Jewish disabilities; The Working Man's School. Died June 3, 1891, at Barnwood. Brother of Benjamin H. (1822), etc.; father of John (1866), Robert M. (1875) and William R. (1864). (Boase, II. 202; Venn, II, 220; Clergy List; Crockford; G. Mag., 1845, I. 312.) [Cambridge University Alumni]
    • Ordained 1840; Curate of St Martin in the Fields and Kensington Parish Church; Secretary of National Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church 1845; HM Inspector of Schools in NW England 1848; Poor Law Guardian for the Gloucester Union; Vicar of Barnwood, Gloucester. [Kennedy tree]
    • The Rev. William James Kennedy, vicar of Barnwood, died last week. He was subpoenaed to attend the House of Lords to give evidence in the Berkeley peerage case, and, whilst waiting in the lobbies, caught a cold, which developed into a fatal attack of pneumonia. Mr. Kennedy was born in the year 1814, the youngest son of the Rev. Rann Kennedy, vicar of St. Paul, Birmingham. He was educated at the Birmingham Grammar School (of which his father was a master) and St. John's College, Cambridge, where he won the Porson prize for Greek Iambics, and took his degree in 1837. He was ordained in 1838, and, after some years of clerical work in London, he was appointed secretary of the National Society for the Promotion of the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church. Shortly afterwards he undertook the office of her Majesty's Inspector of Schools in the North-Western Counties, and on his retirement from the post, after 30 years' service, he received from the Lords of the Committee of the Privy Council the warmest acknowledgement of his labours. Mr. Kennedy also promoted the cause of elementary education by unofficial work of various kinds and by speeches at the annual meetings of the Church and the Social Science Association. Mr. Kennedy also, as a member of the National Education Union, took an active part ion the critical period in the history of elementary education just before the passing of the Act of 1870. On his retirement in 1878 from the post of Her Majesty's Inspector of School, Mr. Kennedy was presented to the living of Barnwood. He was an earnest supporter of all liberal measures, but dissented from Mr. Gladstone's Irish policy and remained a Unionist. [The Times, obituary, 11 Jun 1891]
    Person ID I2955  Tatham | Heathcote branch, Richmond branch | Parent of spouse
    Last Modified 12 Nov 2013 

    Family Sarah Caroline Bannister Kennedy,   b. abt 1811, Lichfield Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Feb 1896, Barnwood, Tunbridge Wells Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Marriage 02 Jan 1845  St Edburgha, Yardley Find all individuals with events at this location ; Type: possibly cousins  [1, 4, 6
    • On Thursday, the 2d inst., at Yardley Church, near Birmingham, W. J. Kennedy, secretary of the National Society, to Miss Kennedy, daughter of George Kennedy, Esq., of Shenstone. [Morning Post]
    Notes 
    • Younger son John Kennedy, b abt 1848, educ Eton College (scholar), King's College Cambridge 1866-1870 (Bell scholar, prox access Craven schol), President of Cambridge Union 1869, Fellow King's College 1871-1901; Assistant Master Sherborne School, 1870-1876; Head Master Aldenham School 1876-1899; Ordained deacon (St Albans) 1883; fellow & tutor Pembroke College, Cambridge, 1901-1902. Retired to Charmouth. Died July 23, 1931. [Crockford's; Camb Univ Alumni]
    • Possible other children: Robert Muirhead Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy. [FamilySearch 2013]
    Children 
    +1. 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)
    Last Modified 06 Sep 2014 
    Family ID F0495  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1814 - Birmingham Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - abt 1826 - 1832 - King Edward's School, Birmingham Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 1832 - 1835 - Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 1835 - 1837 - St John's College, Cambridge Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDegree/Qualif. - BA - 1837 - Cambridge University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Curate - 1842 - 1843 - St Martin in the Fields, Westminster Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDegree/Qualif. - MA - 1844 - Cambridge University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 02 Jan 1845 - St Edburgha, Yardley Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - Type: possibly cousins - 02 Jan 1845 - St Edburgha, Yardley Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1851 - 12 Bank Parade, Preston Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1861 - 19 Ardwick Green, Manchester Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1871 - 21 Ardwick Green, Manchester Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Vicar - 1878 - 1891 - St Lawrence, Barnwood Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1881 - Vicarage, Barnwood Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1891 - Vicarage, Barnwood Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Cause: Pneumonia - 03 Jun 1891 - Vicarage, Barnwood Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 4,913 14s. 1d. - 15 Aug 1891 - London Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Solihull, 1Q1845.

    2. [S01] Census, UK, 1851.
      age 37 b Birmingham

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1891.
      age 77

    4. [S08] Family Trees & Websites, Kennedy Family Tree.
      accessed on Genes Reunited Jan 2009

    5. [S15] Cambridge University Alumni.

    6. [S11] Newspaper, Morning Post, 11 Jan 1845.
      marriage notice

    7. [S16] Crockford's Clerical Directory.

    8. [S01] Census, UK, 1861.
      age 47 b Birmingham

    9. [S01] Census, UK, 1871.
      age 57 b Birmingham

    10. [S01] Census, UK, 1881.
      age 74 b Birmingham

    11. [S05] The Times, death notice, 05 Jun 1891.

    12. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Gloucester, 2Q1891.
      age 77

    13. [S14] National Probate Calendar.