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Sir William Kennedy
Born (1838-03-04)March 4, 1838
Died October 9, 1916(1916-10-09) (aged 78)
Place of birth Naples, Italy
Place of death Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.png Royal Navy
Years of service 1851–1901
Rank Admiral
Commands held East Indies Station
Nore Command
HMS Druid
Battles/wars Crimean War
Second Opium War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir William Robert Kennedy GCB (4 March 1838 – 9 October 1916) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, The Nore.


Born in Naples, Italy where his father John Kennedy was the British Chargé d'affaires,[1] Kennedy joined the Royal Navy in 1851 and served with the Naval Brigade during the Crimean War.[2] He was present at the bombardment of Canton in 1856, at the Battle of Fatshan Creek in 1857 and at the attack on the Peiho Forts in 1858 during the Second Opium War.[2] Kennedy married Edith Louisa Stopford in Daventry in 1868; they had one daughter Alice Emily Kennedy.[3] He was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the East Indies in 1892 and Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in 1900.[3] He was promoted to Admiral 16 June 1901[4] and retired in November 1901.[5]

He was also an accomplished author who wrote an extensive autobiography and other books.[6]

His brothers included Sir John Gordon Kennedy KCMG (1836–1912), who became an eminent diplomat,[7] and Gilbert George Kennedy (1844–1909) who played for the Scottish XI in the second international football match against England.[8]

Honours and awards[]


  • Kennedy, Sir William, Hurrah for the life of a sailor! - Fifty Years in the Royal Navy, Kessinger Publishing, 2008, ISBN 978-1-4368-7869-2
  • Kennedy, Sir William, Sport, Travel, and Adventure in Newfoundland and the West Indies, BiblioBazaar, 2010, ISBN 978-1-142-88630-1
  • Kennedy, Sir William, Sporting Adventures in the Pacific: Whilst in Command of the Reindeer, BiblioBazaar, 2010, ISBN 978-1-142-18032-4
  • Kennedy, Sir William, Sporting Sketches in South America, Kessinger Publishing, 2008, ISBN 978-1-4371-0448-6


  1. "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 10 October 1916. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Autobiography of Vice-Admiral Sir William Kennedy
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lundy, Darryl. "p. 2433". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
  4. "No. 27344". 9 August 1901. 
  5. "No. 27372". 5 November 1901. 
  6. Admiral Sir W.R. Kennedy, English Naval Veteran and Author Dies in His Seventy-ninth Year New York Times, 10 October 1916
  7. Lundy, Darryl (29 August 2006). "Sir John Gordon Kennedy". Retrieved 31 August 2011. [unreliable source]
  8. Mitchell, Andy (2011). Arthur Kinnaird: First Lord of Football. Andy Mitchell. p. 49. ISBN 1-4636-2111-6. 
  9. "No. 26947". 14 March 1898. 
  10. "No. 28505". 19 June 1911. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Frederick Robinson
Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station
Succeeded by
Edmund Drummond
Preceded by
Sir Nathaniel Bowden-Smith
Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
Succeeded by
Sir Albert Markham

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