The Nottingham’s neighbours during these years included the Forsters of Ballydowd Castle and the Kennedys (or O'Ceinneide) of Kishoge. One of the more celebrated members of the Kennedy family was the Protestant Sir Robert Kennedy, MP for Kildare, Chief Remembrance of the Exchequer and founder of Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow. He appears to have acquired the Kishoge property during the 1650s. In 1650, Finnstown Castle was in the possession of Sir Robert Kennedy’s Roman Catholic brother, Alderman Walter Kennedy. The Kennedy brothers appear to have had little time for one another, perhaps owing to their different religions. Following Sir Robert’s death in 1668, his lands at Kishoge (which included two houses with four hearths each) passed to his eldest surviving son, Sir Richard Kennedy, a successful barrister who was later appointed second baron of the Irish Exchequer.
The Kennedys of Finnstown