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    I am from New Brunswick, Canada, and I was just wondering if there is any one with information on KERR clan. I am interested in learning more about my heritage.

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    The Kerrs are a borders family, and there are still many Kerrs in the area around Jedburgh (judging by the names of many of the shops in the area!)



    Here's some info from http://www.electricscotland.com Another good Scottish-based site is http://www.rampantscotland.com Please note that all information on both sites is printed, as submitted... ie they do not check the information for factual accuracy, so you should always verify information from other sources There is more info on the Kerrs on the electricS site.
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    The Kerrs are traditionally said to be of Anglo-Norman descent settling in the Scottish Borders in the 14th century, however the first of the name appears to be John Ker hunter of Swinhope. The two main rival branches of the Kerrs descended from two brothers, Ralph and John who were living near Jedburgh in the 14th century; the Kers of Ferniehurst were descended from the eldest and the Kerrs of Cessford from John. Although the two families were constantly in bitter conflict the descendants of both these houses were appointed Wardens of the Middle Marches; Sir Andrew of Ferniehurst in 1502 and Sir Andrew of Cessford after the Battle of Flodden. The Kerrs continued to oppose one another during the 16th century and on the death of James IV, when his widow Margaret Tudor remarried the Douglas Earl of Angus, the Kerrs of Cessford supported the English Queen-mother and the Kers of Ferniehurst the young King, James V. Cessford was forced to flee to England when Angus was exiled only to ret urn on the death of James V in 1542 when Sir John Kerr of Ferniehurst lost his castle. The castle was recaptured in 1549 and the English who had repeatedly raped the Kerr women, rather than being killed, were captured and horribly tortured. The rivalry continued when Sir Thomas of Ferniehurst fought for Mary Queen of Scots at Langside and Sir Walter Cessford on the side of James VI. The feud was resolved on the political level by the Union of the Crown and by the marriage of Anne Kerr of Cessford to William Kerr of Ferniehurst. From this couple descend the Earls and Marquesses of Lothian. Sir Robert Cessford, son of Sir Walter mentioned above was created Lord Roxburgh in 1637. By marraige to the heiress of the Earl of Roxburgh, Sir William Drummond became 2nd Earl of Roxburgh and assumed the name of Kerr. His descendant, John, 5th Earl was created Duke of Roxburgh. Following the failure of the line with the death of John, 3rd Duke of Roxburgh the title passed to Sir James Innes of that Ilk who was 25t h Chief of the Innes who adopted the name of Kerr. The chief of the Clan Kerr is the Marquess of Lothian and the Duke of Roxburgh is the Chief of the Innes.

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    • #3
      Thank you for that info! It is a bit confusing but it is a good start!! cheers!

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      • #4
        You're very welcome!

        If there's something in the info supplied that you find confusing, let me know and I'll try to explain it!

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        • #5
          Here's an other version: Kerr Very numerous: all areas, but mainly Ulster and N Leinster. Ir. Mac Giolla Cheara, Ceara is the name of more than one woman saint. However, it is mainly a Scottish name from the Border, where Carr is a synonym, as it is in Ireland. From http://scripts.ireland.com/ancestor/...fuseaction=Go.

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          • #6
            clan kerr

            Apparently, my ancestry is the Kerrs of Ferniehirst. If my research is correct, my ancestor Andrew Kerr (Carr) 1622 -1653 immigrated to Barbados. Then his son, John, immigrated to Charleston, SC. I wonder why they immigrated to Barbardos?

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            • #7
              Slave trade?
              Sugar/spice plantations?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Goofysince1928 View Post
                Apparently, my ancestry is the Kerrs of Ferniehirst. If my research is correct, my ancestor Andrew Kerr (Carr) 1622 -1653 immigrated to Barbados. Then his son, John, immigrated to Charleston, SC. I wonder why they immigrated to Barbardos?
                Immigrated or transported ?
                The Kerrs /Carrs were one of the Boarder Reiver Families , some of whom were planted in Ireland by Queen Elizabeth I , King James VI & I , Cromwell et al , and your ancestor could have been transported to Barbados from there ,
                or from the Border Country itself .
                Last edited by merkinjock; 22nd September 2014, 21:35.

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