KENNEDY, ARCHIBALD ROBERT STIRLING: Church of Scotland; b. at Whitehills (2 m. w. of Banff), Banffshire, Scotland, Dec. 21, 1859. He studied at the universities of Aberdeen (M.A., 1879), Glasgow (B.D., 1883), Göttingen (1883), and Berlin (1883-85), and in 1885-87 was fellow of Glasgow University. He was professor of Hebrew and cognate languages in the University of Aberdeen 1887-94, and since 1894 has been professor of Hebrew and Semitic languages in the University of Edinburgh. He prepared the English editions of the Hebrew, Syriac, Assyrian, and Arabic grammars in the Porta Linguarum Orientalium (London, 1885-95), and has edited Exodus, Joshua, and Judges in The Temple Bible, besides writing the commentary on Samuel for The Century Bible (1905).

KENNETT (KENNET), WHITE: Bishop of Peterborough; b. at Dover Aug. 10, 1660; d. at Westminster Dec. 19, 1728. He studied at the Westminster School and at St. Edmund's Hall, Oxford (B.A., 1682; M.A., 1684; B.D., 1694; D.D., 1700), and was vicar of Ambrosden, Oxfordshire, 1685-1700. As a student he had been an admirer of James II., but afterward he became an open supporter of the Revolution and a zealous Whig partizan. In 1691 he returned to Oxford as tutor and vice-principal at St. Edmund's Hall, and gave a considerable impetus to the study of British antiquities. He was rector of St. Botolph, Aldgate, London, 1700-07, and then rector at St. Mary, Aldermary, London. In 1701 he became prebendary of Salisbury Cathedral, archdeacon of Huntingdon, and one of the original members of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. In the same year he entered into a famous controversy with Francis Atterbury (q.v.) regarding the rights of convocation. In 1708 he was collated to a prebend in Lincoln and installed dean of Peterborough. Through the influence of his friend Charles Trimnell, bishop of Norwich, he was made bishop of Peterborough in 1718, despite the fact that he was a Low-churchman and had taken the side of Benjamin Hoadly (q.v.) in the Bangorian controversy. Kennett's most important works are: Parochial Antiquities . . . of Oxford and Bucks (Oxford, 1695; greatly enlarged from the author's manuscript notes, 2 vols., 1818); the third volume of A Complete History of England (3 vols., London, 1706), covering the period from Charles I. to Queen Anne; and the unfinished Register and Chronicle, Ecclesiastical and Civil . . . from the Restoration of King Charles II. (vol. i., 1728).

BIBLIOGRAPHY: An anonymous Life of . . . W. Kennet appeared, London, 1730; also Remarks on Some Passages in the Life of Dr. Kennett (by J. Sharp), ib. 1730. Consult: A. ā Wood, Athenae Oxonienses, ed. P. Bliss, iv. 792, 1003, London, 1820; DNB, xxxi. 2-6; J. H. Overton, Church in England, London, 1897; W. H. Hutton, The English Church (1825-1714). ib. 1903.


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