|Oct-24-08|| ||Karpova: From Jeremy P. Spinrad's "Chess Journalism: Old and New", May 2007: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/spinr...|
Page 3: <In another Scottish surprise, writer H.A. Kennedy enthuses about an upcoming great tournament, which we know today as London 1851. He thinks it is wonderful that people of different countries will sink their national differences and come over to the bloodless fray, in the spirit of an old Scottish refrain. The repeated words (adapted from a Robert Burns poem) map into a surprisingly obscene statement in colloquial American English:
"Then cock up your beaver, and cock it fu' sprush; We'll over the water and give them a brush; There's somebody there we'll teach better behavior; Hey! Johnnie, lad, cock up your beaver!">
|Apr-26-09|| ||WhiteRook48: let this be a president|
|Apr-15-13|| ||Tabanus: Wikipedia says he was born in London, but that should be wrong. He is listed in three different censuses as born in Madras (today Chennai), India.|
According to the chess historian Sergeant, in A Century of British Chess (1934), Captain Kennedy was the brother of E. S. Kennedy:
<Jaenisch and Buckle (though he had entered and paid the fee) could not arrive in time; and as substitutes for them were put in <E.S. Kennedy, a brother of the Captain> and described as "a rising young amateur" at the St. George's, and M. Brodie.>
This must be Edward Shirley Kennedy, although I found no record to link them directly together. Edwards father John Hatfield Kennedy (1773-1833) was Transfer Accountant of the British East India Company.* He married in 1815 (to Harriet Shirley) and Edward was born in 1817. Possibly John was in India by 1809 (when Hugh was born) so that they were half-brothers.
Edward is only Kennedy in British censuses with middle name S.
|Apr-15-13|| ||Tabanus: <In 1843 he founded the Brighton Chess Club>, |
whereas his presumed brother, Edward, <was left a sizable fortune by his father at age 16, yet lived with thieves and garrotters for a considerable while, and once walked from London to <Brighton> with a mob of tramps>.
Finally, Edward mentions chess in his book on climbing (Peaks, Passes and Glaciers (London 1862)), e. g.
<where each step is like a move at chess, — not to be made without considering its effect upon what is to follow.> and
<arranged in lines like the squares of a chessboard>.
All in all (and especially the India connection), the statistician in me tells that Hugh and Edward Shirley Kennedy were related, or at least connected, to each other.
|Apr-15-13|| ||Tabanus: This page: https://familysearch.org/search/rec... shows that Hugh was born on 22 Aug. 1809 in Madras, India. Parents: <Alexander Kennedy, Harriet>. Edwards mother was also named Harriet (Shirley).|
|Aug-22-14|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. Hugh Alexander Kennedy.|
|Aug-22-14|| ||Fusilli: <Penguincw: R.I.P. Hugh Alexander Kennedy.>|
As Larry David would say in Curb Your Enthusiasm... didn't the R.I.P. window for this man close a little while ago? :)
Arguably, though, one could say that it's never late to wish someone a good eternity... you have eternity to do it!