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  • ID: I12955
  • Name: Janet KENNEDY 1 2
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 1476 in Dunure, Aryshire, Scotland
  • Death: AFT DEC 1543 3
  • Note:
    Janet, daughter of 2nd Lord Kennedy, formerly wife or mistress of Sir Alexander Gordon and certainly former mistress of James IV (who had by her James Stuart, created 1501 Earl of Moray). [Burke's Peerage]

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    He [Archibald Douglas] m. 2ndly, about 1498, Janet, 1st wife, or possibly mistress, of Sir Alexander Gordon (who was slain at Flodden, 9 Sep 1513), daughter of John Kennedy, 2nd Lord Kennedy, by his 2nd wife Elizabeth, Dowager Countess of Erroll. There are charters by him dated 20 Jul and 25 Sep 1498, of lands granted to her for life, "with remainder to the heirs male procreated or to be procreated betwixt them". She, however, must soon have deserted him, for on 1 Jun 1501, she obtained a charter (under the name "Janet Kennedy, Lady Bothwell") from James IV (by which King she was mother of James Stuart, created (as an infant) Earl of Moray in 1501), on condition of her remaining "absque marito seu alio viro, cum Rege, etc." (c). In 1531 Janet Kennedy founded a prebend in the collegiate church of St. Mary-in-the-Fields, near Edinburgh, for the good of the deceased Archibald, Earl of Angus, formerly her husband. [Complete Peerage I:156-7, XIV:26-7]

    (c) This lady nowhere appears upon record as Countess of Angus. On 6 and 28 Nov 1505 she is referred to in civil actions as the spouse of Sir John Ramsay of Trarinzean (the forfeited Lord Bothwell), and the fact that she is called Lady Bothwell in the abovementioned charter of 1 Jun 1501 does not point to her having married him before that date, but, as stated in the 'Scots Peerage' that name was applied to her on account of the lands settled on her by Angus having included the Lordship of Bothwell. It is a strange coincidence that she should afterwards have married a man who had been Lord Bothwell, but a lady who was held so lightly by the marriage tie is a cause of trouble to genealogists. Anyhow, she was separated from Ramsay also before Feb 1507/8, when he had another wife. She was still alive as late as Dec 1543.




    Father: John 2nd Lord KENNEDY , of Cassillis, Sir b: ABT 1441 in Cassillis House, Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland
    Mother: Elizabeth GORDON b: ABT 1445 in Huntly Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

    Marriage 1 Archibald "Bell the Cat" DOUGLAS , 5th Earl Angus b: ABT 1453 in Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, Scotland
    • Married: ABT 1498 in 2nd/3rd husband 2nd wife - divorced by 1 June 1500 1

    Sources:
    1. Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
      Page: 1283
    2. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: I:156-7
    3. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: I:156-7, XIV:26 note (c)
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