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Bailie, James Kennedy-locked

  • Sidney Lee
  • , revised by Richard Smail

Bailie, James Kennedy- (1793–1864), classical scholar, son of Nicholas Kennedy, a schoolmaster, was born in Ireland, and entered Trinity College, Dublin, as a pensioner in 1807, aged fourteen. He obtained a scholarship in 1810, graduated BA in 1812, was elected a junior fellow in 1817, and proceeded MA in 1819, BD in 1823, and DD in 1828. In 1823 Kennedy was appointed Donnelan lecturer in his university, and in Trinity College chapel delivered Ten Lectures on the Philosophy of the Mosaic Record of Creation, which he published in two volumes in 1827. He produced various classical works, including an edition of Homer's Iliad (1822) and a blank verse version of the Agamemnon (1823). He resigned his fellowship in 1830 on being presented to the college living of Ardtrea, co. Tyrone. In 1835 he assumed the additional surname of Bailie. In manner he was vain and pompous, and he is said to have claimed relationship with the marquess of Ailsa, which the latter declined to admit, although Kennedy offered to make him his heir on condition that the relationship was acknowledged. He died unmarried at Ardtrea on 18 January 1864, leaving his property to a nephew.


Wealth at Death

under £5000: probate, 1864, CGPLA Eng. & Wales

G. D. Burtchaell & T. U. Sadleir, eds., (1924); [2nd edn], with suppl., in 2 pts (1935)
F. Boase, , 6 vols. (privately printed, Truro, 1892–1921); repr. (1965)