Robert Rainbow Kenning (1728–1797)

Robert Rainbow Kenning or Kening was baptised at Banbury on 30 December 1728. His parents, Richard Kenning and Elizabeth Rainbow, who both originated from at Banbury, had married there on 1 January that year. His father was also a surgeon.

The Rugby School register (xiii and 48) indicates that Robert Rainbow Kenning was a pupil at that school.

In 1755 Kenning’s father died and was buried at Banbury. On 18 April that year Kenning, at the age of about 26, was matriculated as a privileged surgeon at the University of Oxford, presumably so that he could practise in the city.

He did not remain in Oxford for long, however, because on 8 March 1762 when he married Mary Lamley or Lamlee of Steeple Aston at St Peter and St Paul Church in that village, he is described as being of Banbury. The couple had three children:

  • Robert Lamley Kenning, baptised at Banbury in 1763
  • Judith Anna Maria Kenning, baptised at Steeple Aston on 7 July 1767
  • Charles Edward Kenning, baptised at Steeple Aston on 3 August 1769, buried there on 12 February 1770

Kenning’s widowed mother Elizabeth was buried at Banbury in 1763, and his wife Mary was buried at Steeple Aston on 17 December 1792.

Kenning died at the age of 68 and was buried at Steeple Aston on 2 February 1797. He is described in the burial register as a surgeon.

Kenning’s daughter Judith Anna Maria married John Heynes of Chipping Norton at Banbury on 13 May 1799.

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