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KENNEDY FAMILY- GLENCOE TO AUSTRALIA 1840'S. KEPPOCH/KILOMONIVAIG.

For some years now, I've sought information on my ancestors, Duncan & Mary KENNEDY (nee BUTTER/S), who were married in Keppoch, February, 1808, with the marriage recorded in the Parish records of Kilmonivaig.  I have the extract from the wedding register and Duncan was a fisherman by profession. No more is known of them. Their son JOHN KENNEDY, who gave his hometown as GLENCOE, ARGLYLESHIRE, migrated to Australia in the 1840's. From John onward, our history is documented. It is the original ancestors whose details evade me. I know they spoke Gaelic, not surprisingly, and that John's wife was a widow, whose maiden name was Margaret McPhee, also of GLENCOE. They met and wed in Australia, Or did he know her from Scotland perhaps? So if anyone is descended from Duncan & Mary, please let me know, if you wish to assist me. The only additional info is that the Kennedys have traditionally been non-drinkers, protestants and quite conservative. John worked as an overseer on a sheep farm, which may indicate some prior knowledge of shepherding in Scotland.  His wife, Margaret, was the first person to discover gold in Bendigo, in September 1851. She never left me a nugget though. One of John's sons, Duncan Donald KENNEDY, was a police constable in Victoria, between about 1886-1918, when he died. Family legend has it that he made return trips to England ( Scotland?) with prisoners. Perhaps he went home and saw the clan when there? I'll await any information. Kind regards from Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Peter Kennedy.

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