Greetings group followers,
I am from this family, the Kennedys of Ailsa/Cassillis, so thanks for the excuse to finally join the group discussion on a topic. I have seen a number of attempted connections to known branches of the family and most have unfortunately turned out to be incorrect. In this case, as was pointed out, someone is trying to make US president John F. Kennedy, a descendant of the native Irish-Catholic Kennedys from Munster, a descendant of we Protestant, Scottish Kennedys. There was a significant cultural difference between the two even when some Protestant, Scottish Kennedys settled in Ulster. The tale might stem from a Scottish Kennedy descendant.
Information on how the Irish Kennedys came to be in Wexford can be found here.
The Irish Kennedys of Ormond named a chief not long ago. I have no idea if he possesses a genealogy back to the O'Kennedy chiefs. It doesn't seem to be official, because there is no longer an office to recognize new chiefs, like there is in Scotland. It seems his position could be seen more like what is now called a captaincy here in Scotland, where someone is chosen to represent a clan when the legitimate representative is unknown. This proclaimed chief has no connection to my father or we Scottish Kennedys as a whole.
I have a new website with some information on the early Scottish Kennedys. katherineailsa=weebly=com