Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.

My wife's ancestors - Kerr - Contents


Pronounced "Car".
Sometimes spelt Ker or Carr.

Andrew Kerr,
of Cessford and Auldtounburn, on Scottish border with England,
in 1451 he was granted the barony of Old Roxburgh,
as at 1457 he held post of Warden of the Marches,
died post-1481,
had issue:

Thomas Kerr,
of Smailholm, 1st of Ferniehirst,
mar Margaret Ker [dau of Sir Thomas Ker of Ferniehirst, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, on Scottish border with England],
he inherited Ferniehirst by mar,
ancestor of Kerr of Ferniehirst,
he died pre-1484,
had issue:

Sir Andrew Kerr,
of Ferniehirst,
mar pre-1501 to Janet Home,
he died post-1545,
had issue:

Robert Kerr,
of Ancram and Woodheid,
ancestor of Kerr of Ancram, Roxburghshire,
mar Isabel Home [descendant of Robert III, King of Scotland and of Henry I],
he died Feb 1588,
had issue:

William Kerr,
of Ancram and Woodheid,
mar Margaret Dundas [descendant of Robert II, King of Scotland and of Henry I],
he was assassinated in Edinburgh, Dec 1590, by his cousin Robert Ker, the future 1st Earl of Roxburghe,
had issue:

  1. Robert Kerr, 1st Earl of Ancram,
    born 1578, cr 1633.
    Ancestor of Earls of Ancram, Earls of Lothian and Marquesses of Lothian.
    The family seat is still Ferniehirst (or Ferniehurst) Castle, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire.

  2. Sir Thomas Kerr,
    of Redden.
    See his ancestors by Leo van de Pas.

Ferniehirst (or Ferniehurst) Castle, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire.
Photo 2010. From Geograph.
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Carr of Etal, Northumberland

Descended from Kerr of Ferniehirst (above) are the Kerr, Baronets, of Greenhead, Roxburghshire (created 1637).
Carr of Etal, Northumberland, were said to be related to these Kerr Baronets.
They possibly descend from a younger brother of Sir Andrew Kerr, 1st Baronet (died 1665).
Of this family is:


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