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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; his father's younger brother.
    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
    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 - Feb 1943  Ablington House, Bibury Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Death 10 Feb 1943  Ablington House, Bibury Find all individuals with events at this location   [7, 8, 9
    • 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   [9
    • 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
    Probate 16 Jun 1943  Gloucester Find all individuals with events at this location ; 25,688 13s 5d  [10
    • Kennedy his honour judge Alfred Ravenscroft K.C. of Ablington House Ablington Gloucestershire died 10 February 1943 Probate Gloucester 16 June [1943] to National Provincial Bank Limited and Ian David Yeaman solicitor. Effects 25688 13s. 5d. [NPC]
    • Kennedy Alfred Ravenscroft K.C. of Ablington House Ablington Gloucestershire died 10 February 1943 Probate Gloucester 2 March [1945] to John Reid Kennedy [1910-2001, his 1st cousin] captain H.M. army. Effects 10896 8s. 7d. Former Grant D.R. Gloucester 16 June 1943. [NPC]
    • In his will he left a cottage in Ablington (Hinton Cottage) to the Church House Charity in Bibury, towards the running of the village hall. A charity, the Alfred Kennedy Trust, was named after him, and was still functioning in 2020 as part of Bibury United Charities. [Roger Staton]
    Notes 
    • His Honour Judge Kennedy, K.C., died suddenly yesterday as he was preparing to leave his home, Ablington House, Bibury, 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 13 Apr 2020 

    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, 11, 12, 13
    • 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 Chart

    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   [14, 15, 16
    • 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 [17]
    Last Modified 18 May 2013 
    Family ID F0944  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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

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

    9. [S23] Monumental Inscription, Bibury Churchyard.

    10. [S14] National Probate Calendar.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    17. [S03] Family Members, WRK.