John Manners Kerr,
He was educ
See entry on p.68 of The Rugby Register, 1838.
See entry on p.49 of The Rugby Register, 1881.
See entry on p.77 of Rugby School Register, 1901.
Long career in British Army.
Appointed Ensign on 21 Feb 1785. [Obituary] says joined 111th Foot at Gibraltar, but it is unclear that 111th existed in 1785.
Became Lieutenant in 60th Foot on 24 Sept 1787.
He went with his regiment to Barbados in the West Indies. He was in the West Indies for over a decade.
Listed as Captain at mar 1791.
He mar 1stly, 25 Apr 1791, in Barbados, to Isabella Errington [born 17 Apr 1774, Barbados]. She was age 17. He was age 24.
Britain and France went to war in Feb 1793.
He was Captain of the 60th Foot in the attack on Tobago, which they captured from the French in Apr 1793.
Became Major 29 June 1794.
Became Lieutenant colonel 25 Oct 1794.
Stayed in West Indies until May 1795 [Obituary].
Appointed 1794 or 1795 commander of Northampton Regiment of Fencible Infantry with rank of Colonel-Commandant. This regiment was raised in 1793 by his father Dr. William Kerr. John Manners Kerr was their commander until the regiment disbanded in 1801.
The Northampton Fencibles were based in Ireland.
He transferred to the 62nd Foot in Mar 1798.
His son was bapt at Tiverton, Devon, in May 1799.
Appointed Colonel 1 Jan 1801.
He was Commander of the Forces in the islands of Grenada, Dominica, Barbados and St. Vincent 1801-04.
Child baptised in Northampton in Sept 1801.
He was appointed Brigadier General in West Indies on 5 Feb 1802 [Obituary].
England and Ireland:
[Obituary] says he returned to England due to ill health in June 1804. Then from Sept 1804 to June 1806 he was on the staff of the North West District of England, with command of the volunteer force of Manchester and neighbourhood.
Child baptised in Northampton in Nov 1804.
[Obituary] says in July 1806 he was appointed to the staff in Ireland.
However this conflicts with the Almanacks at the time, which say he went to Ireland earlier.
He is listed in [Dublin Almanack, 1804] as serving in Ireland as "Colonel" with the 62nd Foot.
He is listed as Colonel with the 62nd Foot in [Dublin Almanack, 1805]. He is serving in Ireland.
His son was born in Armagh in Nov 1806.
He is listed among the Brigadier Generals in [Dublin Almanack, 1807]. He is with the 62nd Foot, serving in Ireland.
He is listed as Brigadier General on the Army staff of Ireland in [Dublin Almanack, 1808].
He was appointed Major-General 25 Apr 1808.
On 26 Sept 1808 he left Irish staff to a position in England.
Isabella dies, 1808:
She died 14 Oct 1808, age 34 yrs. Leaving him with small children.
She was bur 21 Oct 1808, Chelsea Old Church, Chelsea, London. See entry from here.
Many years later, in a letter of 1870, her son John James Kerr (born 1799) recalls "the ineffable impression made in childhood of my own dear mother".
was Commander of
5th Royal Veteran Battalion
Appointed 25 June 1810.
He is listed among the Major-Generals in [Dublin Almanack, 1811]. He is with the 5th Royal Veteran Battalion.
Appointed Lieutenant-General in 1813.
He is listed among the Lieutenant-Generals in [Dublin Almanack, 1814]. He is with the 5th Royal Veteran Battalion.
[Burkes LG, 1886] describes him as of "The Great House, co. Northampton". Rugby School Register says this house was in Northampton. This house is unidentified. It may refer to his father's house, Sheep St, Northampton.
At marriage 1814 he is described as of the Parish of St.Sepulchre in Northampton, which would include Sheep St.
Seems to have no connection to Wales until his 2nd mar.
His dau married at Northampton in 1816.
They moved at some point to live at her house, Plas Issa, Llangar, Merionethshire, Wales.
See 1820 letter from him. From Paris, 27 January 1820.
His father died 4 Sept 1824.
[1824 deed] is dated 14 - 15 Oct 1824. He is described as of of Plas Issa, Llangar.
Margaret dies, 1825:
She died at Plas Issa, 15 Sept 1825, age c.55 yrs, NOT 1820.
See notice on p.383 of The Monthly magazine, 1 Nov 1825.
She was bur 20 Sept 1825, Llangar church (near Plas Issa).
Kerr inherited Plas Issa under her will.
He is listed as Lieutenant-General in [Treble Almanac 1829].
He became a General 1830.
Maesmor was re-modelled 1830 in Neo-Tudor style.
He is listed as "of Plas Issa" in 1837. See Gwynedd Archives, ZQS/M1837/22.
Sheriff of Merionethshire, 1838-39:
He was Sheriff of Merionethshire 1838-39. Described as of Plas Issa at his appointment as Sheriff in 1838.
Kalendar of Gwyedd lists "John Manners Kerr, of Plas Issa Esq. High Sheriff of Merionethshire 1 February 1838-9".
At some point before 1841 they moved to Maesmor Hall.
He sold Plas Issa to Colonel Vaughan of Rug, Corwen.
They are listed in 1841 census as living Maesmor Hall. He is "Army Pensioner". Her sisters are with them. There are 5 female servants ("F.S.") and 3 male servants ("M.S.").
His will is dated 24 Mar 1842.
John Manners Kerr dies, 1843:
He died 1 Apr 1843, Maesmor Hall, age 76 yrs.
(todo) See death of John Manners Kerr, Corwen, [GRO.UK] 2nd qr 1843, 27 113.
See notice in The Belfast Newsletter, 11 Apr 1843.
He was bur at Llangwm church. There was a monument to him there.
There is a memorial to him at Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Northampton, beside his father's grave.
Will proved 13 May 1843.
Catherine is listed in 1851 census as living Maesmor Hall. She is widow. Her step-grandson William Kerr is with her. Her sisters are with her. There are 8 servants.
Catherine dies, 1859:
She died 3 Apr 1859, Maesmor Hall, age 82 yrs.
She was bur Llangwm.
John Manners Kerr had issue by his 1st wife Isabella Errington:
John Manners Kerr listed among the Lieutenant-Generals in [Treble Almanac 1829, p.142].
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