William Kennedy, the second youngest of a family of four was brought up on a farm in Shropshire. After school and Agricultural College he worked his way up to becoming farm manager of the Cally Estate at Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire. He returned to the area after a spell abroad. William was lucky enough to be able to acquire a farm in a beautiful situation overlooking the Solway Firth, where he and his family live. His various business interests have all been broadly connected with agriculture, country sports and land management.
This book grew out of his interest in family and local history. His research led him to find a bigger story than merely rags to riches. He found these families and their connections linked in an exceptional way to many events that took place during the Victorian era.