Name: William Kerr
Suffix: 3rd / 1st Earl of Lothian
Birth: ABT 1605
Death: AFT 9 SEP 1675
Residence: Newbattle Abbey, nr Edinburgh
Occupation: Secretary of State for Scotland 1
Education: Queen?s, Cambridge. Paris.
Change Date: 29 JUN 2009
1st Earl of the 2nd creation, his father in law being the 2nd Earl of the 1st creation.
The eldest son William married into another branch of the Kerr family and obtained the title of Earl of Lothian in 1631.
?At Cambridge University in 1621.? Doubtless the William Carr matric. Fell.-Com. from QUEENS', Entered Lent, 1620-1; as of Scotland.
1st s. of Robert, Earl of Ancrum.
B. c. 1605.
Accompanied Buckingham to the Isle of Rhé, 1627. Served in the Expedition against Spain, 1629. Created Earl of Lothian, 1631. Governor of Newcastle, Oct. 1640. Commissioner of the Treasury, 1641. Lieutenant-General of the Scots Army in Ireland. Privy Councillor. Falsely accused of treachery while abroad and imprisoned on his return; released, 1643. Joined Argyll in the expedition against Montrose, 1644. Secretary of State for Scotland, 1648. General of the Scottish forces, 1650. Refused to take the Abjuration Oath, 1662. Died at Newbottle, Oct. 1675. (D.N.B.)
William Kerr (1605?-75), son of 1st Lord Ancrum, who married Anne Kerr, Countess of Lothian in 1631 and thereby became 3rd Earl of Lothian, undertook a Grand Tour in 1620. His travel journal survives. A leading Convenanter, he was Governor of Newcastle in 1640, Lieutenant General of the Scots army in Ireland and a member of the Commission at Breda who sought to invite Charles II to Scotland. 1st Lord Ancrum, Gentleman of the Bedchamber and Keeper of the Privy Purse, was a close friend of Charles I and it was probably through him that Newbattle's famous collection of books, pictures and sculpture originated. There is evidence that the house was aggrandised with a formal west facade with classical orders and it may be that the grand formal approach to Newbattle Abbey was first laid out for the 3rd Earl.
(http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk re Newbattle)
Father: Robert Kerr b: 1578
Mother: Elizabeth Murray
- Mary Kerr b: 28 MAR 1640
- Type: Book
Periodical: Alumni Cantabrigienses (Cambridge Alumni)