Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.

My wife's ancestors - Kerr - Contents

Charles Kerr

Tomb of Charles Kerr (died 1795), St. John's Cathedral Cemetery, Antigua.
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Charles Kerr,
born 4 Feb 1748,
of Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland,
and of Antigua, West Indies.
He mar Jane Tweedie.
Living Antigua at death.
He died 11 Dec 1795, age 47 yrs.
He was bur St. John's Cathedral Cemetery, St. John's, Antigua. See grave.
Charles and Jane had issue:

  1. Jane Kerr (and search and search),
    known as Jane Apreece after her 1st marriage,
    only child, heiress of her father's estate.
    She was born 5 or 15 Feb 1780. Her birth date is given on two memorials at Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Northampton. [Cox and Serjeantson, 1897] has them giving two different dates. Need to see originals.

    She mar 1stly, 3rd Oct 1799, to Shuckburgh Ashby Apreece [born 1773], no issue.
    He died 6th Oct 1807, age 34 yrs.
    She was left with money, no compelling need to marry, no children, and still young. She was a wealthy socialite and widow in London and Edinburgh. She became well known in social and literary circles in England and Scotland.

    She mar 2ndly, 11th Apr 1812, to Sir Humphry Davy, 1st Baronet [the famous chemist, physicist and inventor, born 17th Dec 1778, often incorrectly spelled Humphrey], no issue.
    Humphry was knighted 8th Apr 1812 just before the marriage.
    He gave highly popular lectures.
    He was cr Baronet 1818.
    President of the Royal Society 1820-27.
    He died Geneva, Switzerland, 29th May 1829, age 50 yrs. Title extinct.
    He was bur at Cimetiere de Plainpalais, Geneva. Memorial tablet in Westminster Abbey.

    Jane lived for many years a widow.
    [Cox and Serjeantson, 1897] says she lived for some time (must be 1841-55) in the house in Sheep St, Northampton that formerly belonged to her uncle Dr. William Kerr.
    Her grave says she lived for many years in Park St, Mayfair, London (see map).
    She died Park St, London, 8th May 1855, age 75 yrs.
    She was bur with her uncle at Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Northampton.


Sir Humphry Davy, 1821.
From here.
See images at [NPG].

The Journal of Sir Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott writes about Jane Kerr in his journal, and says he is related to her father.

The Journal Of Sir Walter Scott, 7 Feb 1826.
From pp.107-108 of vol.1 of 1891 edn.

There is a verse of 1811, printed on p.108 of The Journal Of Sir Walter Scott above, about the impact Jane Kerr made on the scientist John Playfair, and on other intellectuals:

"Have you seen the famed Bas bleu, the gentle dame Apreece,
Who at a glance shot through and through the Scots Review,
And changed its swans to geese?
Playfair forgot his mathematics, astronomy, and hydrostatics,
And in her presence often swore, he knew not two and two made four."

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