Above: Ailsa Tavern, St Margarets, Twickenham.
“A traditional community pub acquired by Shepherd Neame from Punch in May 2009 and named after a landlady from Victorian times. The listed building was first opened in 1856 and still keeps many original features. Outside, wisteria vines decorate the walls to the front and the beer garden is a favourite haunt, as there are not many in this area. There are three separate drinking areas. Heated smoking area and unrestricted parking in all adjacent roads. There is a weekly quiz on Wednesday nights, 8.30pm start. Open Mic sessions every 2nd Sundays of the month 7pm. Good range of food served Tue to Sun including Sunday roast lunches. The pub has an extensive range (43) of malt whiskies. Pub located in a residential area and 15 minutes walk to Twickenham rugby ground and 20 minutes walk to The Harlequins Stoop.”
“Sir Archibald Kennedy III, 1st Marquess of Ailsa KT, FRS (February 1770 – 8 September 1846), styled Lord Kennedy between 1792 and 1794 and known as The 12th Earl of Cassilis between 1794 and 1831, was a Scottish peer.
Lord Ailsa bought a house near Twickenham in London that had previously belonged to the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan. He named it “St Margaret’s” and the name of the house has now been applied to the whole adjacent area. Ailsa Road and Ailsa Avenue in the area are also named after him.
Kennedy was the eldest son of Archibald Kennedy, 11th Earl of Cassilis, by Anne, daughter of John Watts and descendant of the Schuyler family, the Van Cortlandt family (including Stephanus Van Cortlandt), and the Delancey family of British North America. He became known by the courtesy title Lord Kennedy when his father succeeded to the earldom of Cassilis in 1792.
Kennedy succeeded to the earldom on the death of his father 30 December 1794. He sat in the House of Lords as a Scottish Representative Peer between 1796 and 1806. In the latter year he was created Baron Ailsa, of Ailsa in the County of Ayr, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, which entitled him to an automatic seat in the House of Lords. He was admitted a Fellow of the Royal Society on 18 February 1819. In 1831 he was created Marquess of Ailsa, of the Isle of Ailsa in the County of Ayr. He voted for the Reform Bill in 1832. In 1820, King George IV made Archibald. a knight of the Order of the Thistle. This was an achievement that Sir Archibald had coveted for some time.
He had a taste for gambling. He owned racehorses and raced many that won cups in 1801 and 1802. He owned Clementina, Scaramouche, Pegasus, Chancellor, and Trimmer. He and 13 others established the Ayr Gold Cup held annually with only Scottish-trained horses that raced over a 2-mile run.
- Archibald Kennedy, Earl of Cassilis (1794–1832), who married Eleanor Allardyce and had issue.
- Lady Anne Kennedy (1798–1877), who married Sir David Baird of Newbyth, 2nd Baronet and had issue.
- Lady Margaret Kennedy (1800–1889), who married Thomas Radclyffe-Livingstone-Eyre.
- Lady Mary Kennedy (1800–1886), who married Richard Oswald, son of Richard Alexander Oswald, MP for Ayr of AuchencruiveEstate.
- The Hon. John Kennedy-Erskine (1802–1831), who married Lady Augusta FitzClarence, an illegitimate daughter of King William IV and Dorothy Jordan and had issue (their granddaughter was the writer and poet Violet Jacob). John Kennedy-Erskine assumed the additional name of Erskine on being named heir to the House of Dun.
- Lady Alicia Jane Kennedy (1805–1887), who married Jonathan Peel, Secretary of State for War, and had issue.
Lord Ailsa died in 1846 and was succeeded by his grandson, Archibald Kennedy.”