Name: Mark Kerr
Death: 29 AUG 1584
Occupation: Abbott 1547, then Commendator, of Newbottle
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Change Date: 25 AUG 2010
Mark Kerr, second son of Sir Andrew Kerr of Cessford. In 1546 he became abbot of Newbottle, now Newbattle, in the eastern division of the county of Edinburgh, and renouncing popery in 1560, he subsequently held his benefice under the title of commendator. He obtained the vicarage of Linton in Peebles-shire, 26 March 1564, and was one of the lords who met on Queen Mary?s side at Hamilton in June 1567.
Nominated one of the extraordinary lords of session 20th April 1569, he, the Lord Boyd, and the justice-clerk, were, by one of the conditions of the pacification of Perth, concluded in February 1573, ?appointed sole judges on the south syd of Forth, in all actions for restitution of goods spulziet in the recent troubles.? (Hist. of King James Sext, p. 132).
He appears to have sided with the earls of Athol and Argyle against Morton in 1578, and in 1581 he obtained a ratification by parliament of his commendatorship. In the following year, after the Raid of Ruthven, he was employed by the duke of Lennox to propose terms to the lords conspirators, but was unsuccessful.
He died in 1584. He had four sons and a daughter. George, the third son, is mentioned by Robertson, as an emissary from the Catholic noblemen to the court of Spain in 1592.
Father: Andrew Ker
Mother: Agnes Crichton b: 1488
- Mark Kerr