1.4 Catherine Jemima Durnford
Some of the information about Catherine Jemima Durnford was posted to the previous post 42.3.2 by mistake, unfinished, as the Catherine Jemima Durnford in that post was her Aunt, who died in 1820 in London.
This Catherine Jemima Durnford was born 1836 in Ireland and later lived in Glasgow.
On 13 July 1854 she married Rev William Cheesborough le Poer MacKenzie Kennedy. William was the son of Major J MacKenzie-Kennedy.
Signed "Le Poer Kennedy". Also signed "Compiled 14th January 1863 H. K.". Prepared whilst John Mackenzie Kennedy was still living possibly done 1863.
He was in India, Bombay and Sinde, 21st September 1835
(What a clever man he must have been, he went to Trinity College in Dublin, and while it has taken years to get all the elements of the Isaacson family tree in some sort of fashion, he had almost achieved it 120 years ago)
This information and Ancestry photos from Angus Petrie.
They had three children
1. Herbert John Whiteside MacKenzie Kennedy born 1 Feb 1858 in Ireland (Feb)
2. Chessborough Gordon MacKenzie Kennedy born 3 Oct 1858 in Ireland (Oct)
3. Edward Charles William MacKenzie Kennedy born 6 July 1863
In 1870 she married John William Moore Miller He had been married to Catherine Bowman in India in 1852, she died in 1869. He then married Catherine. He died in 1884 in Hampshire
They had a daughter 3. Lillian Frances Throckmorton Moore Miller
3.1 Lillian married in 1904 Arthur James Barton at St John's Blackheath, Greenwich She died in June 1948 in Devon.
1.1 Herbert John Whiteside Mac-Kenzie Kennedy He was married in 1858 to Sara Bisdee on 26 December 1881 in Agra Bengal in India. Her father was John Bisdee, of Hutton Park Tasmania.
He died 7 July 1914 in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire. Sarah died 1934.
Herbert John Whiteside MacKenzie Kennedy He was a Lieut in 2nd Battalion of the Norfolk (late 9th) Regiment.
(The current Mayor of Oatlands in Tasmania is Mr. T. Bisdee)
They had 7 children
Daisy Blanche Marion MacKenzie Kennedy 1883 - 1951 m Charles Douglas Roe OBE, DSO, Lieut Col Indian Army born 1882 in 1883 at Bakloh Puyal India
Ivy Mariette MacKenzie Kennedy 1885 1955 b in Benares in India
died Aug 1955 in Kenya
Kenneth Edward Bisdee MacKenzie Kennedy 1886 - 1958 b Benares India died in Umkomaas South Africa. He married Irene Charlotte Montefiore Binsteed in 1912 in London. He was in the military
Winifred Rose Gordon MacKenzie Kennedy 1889 - 1996 b Old Mixon in Somerset m Frank Etheridge MacKenzie in 1906 in India
Violet Maud Emily MacKenzie Kennedy 1891 - 1969 m Walter MacGregor Petrie 1913
John Graeme Bowen MacKenzie Kennedy 1899 - 1922 Born 1899 Mussoorie in India and died 7 August 1922, in Cork. The time was the start of "The Troubles" as they call it in Ireland.
2.1 Chessborough Gordon MacKenzie Kennedy m 1879 Ethel Helen Slane (widow) in Dhubri West Bengal in India.
He was appointed Deputy-Commissioner in Assam in 1897 and died in 1898 in Nowgong Assam India. In 1897 there was a huge earthquake in Assam.
....one of the most powerful earthquakes in recorded human history that took place on Saturday, June 12, 1897 in Assam. This earthquake was 50 times more powerful than the tremor that hit San Fransisco.The earthquake left an area of 150,000 square miles (about the size of California) in ruins and was felt over one and a quarter million square miles (about half the size of the United States) from the Western Burmese border to almost near New Delhi.
Ethel died in 1936 in London
2.1.1 Francis Emma Margaret Kennedy 1881 In India She was unmarried and died in Sicily January 1951
2.1.2 Sybil Alice Mary MacKenzie Kennedy 1882 In India She did not marry, but traveled even to Australia in 1919 Died 1937 London
2.1.3 Mildred Isabel May MacKenzie Kennedy 1885 India She was unmarried and died 7 th October 1944 in London
2.1.4 Chessborough James Henry MacKenzie-Kennedy who was born in 1886
2.1.4 Chessborough Gordon MacKenzie-Kennedy was the first inventor of the giant aircraft, he married Zinaida Koriakoff in St Petersburg Russia in 1910. He emigrated to US, in 1939 and was naturalised. He died in the US in 1942.
Mr Chessborough Henry James Mackenzie-Kennedy 1886-1942 The first inventor of the giant aeroplane , who is sueing the air council 30 December 1925
The Kennedy Giant was a British biplane heavy bomber designed by Kennedy Aeroplanes Ltd. during the First World War. The design was an imitation of works by Igor Sikorsky, with whom the owner of Kennedy Aeroplanes Ltd., C. J. H. Mackenzie-Kennedy, had ostensibly worked prior to setting up the company. The aeroplane was a notorious failure; its size meant that construction had to take place in an open field as none of the hangars near Hayes, Middlesex, where the prototype was assembled, were large enough to house it. For its weight, the aircraft's four engines were inadequate, and the resulting under-powered aircraft could only fly in a straight line once airborne.
Following the unimpressive test flight, the design was cancelled and the prototype was left derelict at Northolt Aerodrome for a number of years.
The product of a gifted young man, Chessborough J H Mackenzie-Kennedy, the Giant was of impressive proportions, but of doubtful structural integrity and badly underpowered. As an eighteen-year-old and with three pounds in his pocket, Kennedy had left England for Russia, convinced of aviation's future and, in particular, the potential of very large aeroplanes.
In 1908 he completed the design of Russia's first aeroplane, and formed the Kennedy Aeronautic Company the following year. Becoming associated with Igor Sikorskii in 1911, he was involved in the design of the first Sikorskii four-engine biplanes before returning to England on the outbreak of war.
Kennedv discussed his ideas for very large aeroplanes with the War Office, by which he was promised support, and established his design office at 102 Cromwell Road, South Kensington, together with T W K Clarke, G C McClaughlin and E A Vessey.
He personally financed the building of the plane, and in 1920, the British Government gave him 115K pounds for the work on his invention. He was still 100K out of pocket. He was bankrupted in 1924, according to the newspapers.
However he seemed to bounce back because in 1927, at a Textile Trade Show, he showed his latest invention Garter Skirts.
Talented man, in 1927 at the Trade show, the new garter skirts designed by him, the aircraft inventor were being displayed by graceful mannequins. Although made differently these skirts were very similar in appearance to the old fasioned bloomers which were worn by women when they first attempted to ride bicycles. People have an idea that these garter skirts are only for sport wear, he said, but we are showing evening frocks made with this skirt and we are hoping it will be adoped in the ballroom.
This material is held at GB 206 Leeds University Library
Reference Number(s) GB 206 MS 1177
Dates of Creation 1890s-1920s, 1940s, 1991
Name of Creator Mackenzie-Kennedy, Chessborough H. J., 1886-1942
Language of Material English Russian
Physical Description 166 ff., 2 vols, printed, typescript, photographs, and negatives
Scope and Content
Comprises the personal papers of C.H.J. Mackenzie-Kennedy and his wife Z.Ia. Koriakova, including family-history notes and photographs, together with publications on the former's contribution to Russian aviation
Administrative / Biographical History
Chessborough H. J. Mackenzie-Kennedy (1886-1942) was a member of the British community in pre-revolutionary St Petersburg and an aviation pioneer
Conditions Governing Access
Access is unrestricted
The gift of Chessborough V. Mackenzie-Kennedy, August and September 1991, October 1992
Other Finding Aid
A more detailed listing of the contents is available in the Leeds Russian Archive online catalogue http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/lra/index.htm
2.3 Edward Charles William MacKenzie Kennedy m Ethel Fuller in September 1888. Ethel was the daughter of Major Fuller of the 4th Madras Pioneers. Edward was appointed 1897 as a Major in 1st Madras Pioneers. (His portrait is in the National Portrait Gallery)
He was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1910
Major-General Gerald Charles Kitson, C.V.O., C.M.G., Quartermaster-General in India.
Surgeon-General Arthur Thomas Sloggett, C.M.G., Principal Medical Officer, India.
Major-General Edward Charles William Mackenzie-Kennedy, Indian Army, Brigade Commander, Belgaum Brigade.
Edward and Ethel had three children
2.3.1 Henry Charles Donald Cleveland MacKenzie Kennedy born 1889 in Hastings
In July 1942, Sir Charles Donald Cleveland Mackenzie Kennedy (better known as DMK), will take over the administration of Mauritius. He will bring political change, culminating in the grant of the December 1947 Constitution leading to the general elections of August 1948, which will completely change the political scenario of Mauritius.
In a secret letter to Arthur Creech-Jones, the Secretary of State for the Colonies, dated 2nd August 1948, Governor DMK will write this prophetic note on Dr S. Ramgoolam : « A bitter, dangerous man, determined to break the whites and oust the British, who has considerable influence amongst the Hindus, and of their self-appointed leaders, is the one most likely to obtain ultimate control. I have hopes Dr Ramgoolam will become more moderate with increasing responsibility. »
In 1930, Mackenzie-Kennedy was Chief Secretary of Northern Rhodesia. He was urged to deny the Ndola Welfare Association permission to meet, since mine owner might react unfavorably to an organization such as this being led by civil servants.In June 1935, Mackenzie-Kennedy wrote to Sir Stewart Gore-Browne urging him to stand for election in Broken Hill. He said "Your duty is clear".
In Malawi 20 Mar 1939 - 8 Aug 1942 Sir Henry Charles Donald Cleveland (b. 1889 - d. 1965)
2.3.2 Colin George Edmund MacKenzie Kennedy
He was born in India, and then attended Officer Training College in the Navy in Marlborough UK.
He traveled to Canada, and joined the Canadian Military.
#2204634 Spr Colin George Edmund Mckenzie-Kennedy.
He began as a member of a Forestry Reinforcement Draft, North Vancouver. In Hamilton Ont. he was transferred to the 40th Draft Railway Construction and went o/s June 20th/18 on HMT Waimana(?) and disembarked Jul 7/18.
Next day TOS C.R.T. Depot Purfleet.
SOS CRTD as a/Sgt. on proceeding o/s with 7th Bn Railway Troop 3/9/18.
Reverted too Spr at own request. His service time in France was shortened by illness.
27/01/19 inv sick and posted to CCC Kinmel Park, Knotty Oak nr Liverpool.
Returned to Canada from Liverpool via HMT Scotian 25/03/19.
SOS CEF 9th apr. 1919 in Revelstoke BC bound for home in Salmon Arm
2.3.3 Irene MacKenzie Kennedy born 1891 - 1970
2.3.4 Archibald Gordon MacKenzie Kennedy born 1904 and lived and died in Kircudbright, (a lovely little town in Scotland on the West Coast) in 1987.
From Netley Cemetery Records