- W. A. Greenhill
- , revised by Kathryn Sutherland
Kennedy, Grace (1782–1825), novelist, was born at Pinmore, Ayrshire, the fourth daughter of Robert Kennedy (d. 1790) and Robina, daughter of John Vans Agnew of Barnbarroch, Galloway. Heavy financial losses forced the family to move to Edinburgh while Grace was still a child. Here she was brought up under the instruction of her mother, a devout evangelical protestant. Being of a very retiring disposition, she took no share in the ordinary amusements of society. But her cheerful temper and intellectual attainments made her a delightful companion among intimate friends. She showed an active interest for many years in the education of children, and was led to writing fiction as a means to serve God....