Kennedy Murray

#233, (24 August 1771-18 June 1853)
FatherJohn Murray1
MotherElizabeth Calder1
ChartsBarbara Nicholson - ancestors
Last Edited25 Feb 2019
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Direct descendants of John and Kennedy Murray have had their DNA tested and their DNA matches the head of the MacGregor clan. This indicates that John and Kennedy were in fact MacGregors. MacGregor was a banned surname in Scotland and Murray was a common alias.2 Kennedy Murray may have been baptised on Saturday, 24 August 1771 at Dundonald, Ayreshire, Scotland.1 He was the son of John Murray and Elizabeth Calder.1

On Wednesday, 7 December 1785, Kennedy and four others were apprehended at Glasgow for shop-breaking and lodged in prison.3 He was charged with stealing "three small table knives with bone handles, three small knives with hart-horn handles, a pair of striped garters with some knittings with a pair of plated buckles".4

Kennedy was sentanced at Glasgow Court of Justiciary, Glasgow on 21 September 1786:
Kennedy Murray was accused of theft, and having petitioned for banishment, the same was consented to, on account of his youth and some other favourable circumstances; and he was sentenced to transportation for fourteen years, and seven years service.

This was reported in the Caledonian Mercury on Sat 23 Sep 1786 on p. 3.5,4 Kennedy Murray was transported to Sydney Cove on the 'Pitt' from England, departing June 1791 and arriving 14 February 1792.6

He married Anne White, circa 1796 at Norfolk Island, Australia.5 Kennedy, aged 27 and Anne White became the parents of Kennedy Murray on Sunday, 4 August 1799 at Norfolk Island.

Kennedy apparently returned to Sydney on the 'Hannington', leaving Anne and their two children on Norfolk Island.4

Kennedy was granted 30 aces of land near Windsor, New South Wales in 20 November 1809.4

Kennedy Murray married Ann Parker on Monday, 14 March 1814 at New South Wales. They were 42 and 28 respectively.6

Kennedy died on 18 June 1853 at the small Tasmanian town of Evandale at age 81.6


Note memo only CR CR2
1771Baptism-CandidateDundonald, Ayreshire, Scotland1
1785Note memo only CR CRGlasgow3
Note memo only4
1786Quotation type 1Glasgow Court of Justiciary, Glasgow5,4
1792Convict-TransSydney Cove6
1796MarriageNorfolk Island, Australia5
1805Note memo only CR CRNorfolk Island4
1809Note memo only CR CRWindsor, New South Wales4
1814MarriageNew South Wales6
1853Deaththe small Tasmanian town of Evandale6

Family 1

Anne White (c 1775-1853)

Family 2

Ann Parker (Jul 1785-4 Nov 1862)


  1. [S614] Rootsweb, ( Family Tree of BRENDEN ANTHONY LYNCH -
  2. [S1039] E-mails from Cheryl to Tim Hill, 2017- 'Kennedy Murray' - 31 Jan 2017, 15:35.
  3. [S447] Australian Royalty (
  4. [S823] E-mails from Colin Rowley to Tim Hill (e-mail address), 2014- 'Kennedy Murray family' - 25 December 2017 at 00:02.
  5. [S447] Australian Royalty (…
  6. [S447] Australian Royalty (…