Coul House was bought in 1950 by Major David Kennard and his mother, Evelyn Mary Kennard, née Kennedy. Evelyn (1874-1955) was daughter of Lord David Kennedy and Lady Mary Boyle, sister of the 9th Earl of Cork, and married Lt. Col. Arthur Kennard (1867-1917). The Kennards were Falkirk ironmasters, partners in the Falkirk Iron Company.
Lord David Kennedy (1820 -1905) was 4th son of Lord Archibald Kennedy, 12th Earl of Cassillis. The Kennedy family seats were Cassillis House, and Culzean Castle, both in Ayrshire, and some of the pieces in the family have been inherited from these houses through the Kennedy line. Other pieces have come through the Boyle connection in Ireland, as well as pieces obtained from other notable houses.
The selection of items (Lots 1 - 62) offered in this September's auction provide the feel of a quintessential Scottish country house with pieces of different periods and countries of origin, ranging from the 17th century through the 19th and into the early 20th. Highlights include The Kennedy of Cassillis French and Indian War Engraved Map Powder Horn, a Late George II Red Japanned Chiming Bracket Clock by William Creak, a Pair of George III Mahogany, Satinwood and Penwork Demilune Games Tables & more.
Here's a look at a few of the highlights from the Coul House Collection...
Engraved powder horns were considered a great trophy and souvenir of service in the French and Indian, or Seven Years’ War by British officers and troops. This present powder horn bears the owner’s name ‘John Coulter’, and the engraver, ‘Sam Davis’. While the connection of Coulter to the Kennedy family is currently unknown, by family repute the horn was owned by Archibald Kennedy, 11th Earl of Cassilis, a Captain in the Royal Navy based in New York. He returned to Scotland in 1792 upon inheriting the Culzean Estate in Ayrshire. The addition of the unmarked silver cap bearing the Kennedy of Cassilis coat-of-arms indicates the status assigned to it, while the date of September 5, 1760 on the plug collar is significant in the timeline of the French and Indian War.
The Potter family of clock and watchmakers were well-known in the 18th and early 19th centuries in London. There were two Harry (Henry) Potters, Senior and Junior, operating at the end of the 18th century. Harry Potter (Junior), was apprenticed to William Creak in 1761 worked from No. 5 west St Aldersgate in 1785 and was made a Master of the Clockmaker's Company in 1795 and 1812. He died in office in 1813.
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AUCTION | Five Centuries: Furniture, Paintings & Works of Art from 1600 | Wednesday 4th September at 10am
VIEWING | Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September 12pm-4pm | Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd September 10am-5pm | Morning of the sale from 9am
LOCATION | 33 Broughton Place, Edinburgh