CFHS code : AS102

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : BENJAMIN HALL KENNEDY DD Regius Professor of Greek Fellow of St Johns College Cambridge Canon of Ely and from 1836 to 1866 Headmaster of Shrewsbury School b 6 Nov 1807 d 6 Apr 1889 JANET CAIRD KENNEDY b 5 Oct 1808 d 2 Jan 1874 MARION GRACE KENNEDY b Nov 23 1836 d Jan 11 1914

Monument : Cruciform coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203599, 0.13684564 – click here for location

Kennedy grave
Kennedy monument


This cruciform coped stone, with metal lettering in Gothic face, in the parish area of All Saints, is located towards the north end of the cemetery, near the angle between the west and north boundary walls.


[south face:]

‘Benjamin Hall Kennedy DD
Regius Professor of Greek Fellow of St. John’s College Cambridge
Canon of Ely and from 1836 to 1866 Headmaster of Shrewsbury School
born 6th November 1807 died 6th April 1889’

‘Janet Caird Kennedy born 5th October 1808 died 2nd January 1874’

‘Marion Grace Kennedy born November 23rd 1836 died January 11th 1914’

“Dust to the dust but the pure spirit shall flow
back to the burning fountain whence it came”

The two lines of poetry quoted in the inscription are from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Adonais: an Elegy on the Death of John Keats (1821), the fuller context of which is:

Nor let us weep that our delight is fled
Far from these carrion kites that scream below;
He wakes or sleeps with the enduring dead;
Thou canst not soar where he is sitting now.
Dust to the dust! but the pure spirit shall flow
Back to the burning fountain whence it came,
A portion of the Eternal, which must glow
Through time and change, unquenchably the same,
Whilst thy cold embers choke the sordid hearth of shame.

Benjamin Hall Kennedy (1804‒89)see also Life Story page

Benjamin Hall Kennedy was Headmaster of Shrewsbury School for 30 years and then Regius Professor of Greek in the University of Cambridge and a Canon of Ely Cathedral. He was a staunch advocate of higher education for women, and three of his daughters were early participants in the suffragette movement. He is best remembered for what was known popularly as ‛Kennedy’s Latin Primer’ ‒ i.e. a manual of Latin grammar and vocabulary ‒ which was used widely in secondary schools from 1888 up to the present day.

Janet Caird Kennedy (1808‒74)

Janet was born on 5 October 1808, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Caird of Paignton, Devon. She had at least one sibling, a sister, Elizabeth (1806‒). Janet married Benjamin Hall Kennedy in her home parish on 26 March 1831. By 1851 the couple had had five children: four daughters (Charlotte Amy May, Marion Grace (‛Maisie’), Julia Elizabeth (‛Poppy’), and Edith Janet) and one son (Arthur Herbert). Janet died on 2 January 1874 in Cambridge, aged 65.

It is said that Benjamin was a poor manager of money and left their business affairs in Janet’s hands.

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Marion Grace Kennedy (1836‒1914) see also Life Story page

Marion Grace Kennedy, the second child of Benjamin Hall Kennedy and Janet Caird Kennedy, was a Classics scholar and fighter for women’s education, active in the suffragette movement.

Benjamin Hall Kennedy; Janet Caird Kennedy; Marion Grace Kennedy