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  • ID: I58233
  • Name: Andrew Ker
  • Suffix: 1st Lord Jedburgh
  • Prefix: Sir
  • Sex: M
  • Death: 1631
  • Note: 1 2

    Border warfare having died down after Redeswire (though there was a final flare-up on the West March, the "Ill Week" of 1603), Sir Andrew Kerr rebuilt Ferniehirst in 1598. It had been largely destroyed by the English allies of Mary's Scottish enemies, following on Sir Thomas's support for the Northern Earls in 1569 and a Scottish invasion of the English Middle March in 1570. Despite extensive restoration towards the end of the 19th Century, the Castle now is essentially Ferniehirst as rebuilt by Sir Andrew, though some parts (The Chambers and Cellars) date back to 1470 or thereabouts.
    Sir Andrew was Provost of Jedburgh for many years, but never became Warden, the office having been abolished following on the Union of the Crowns. He held several Court and administrative posts, and was created Lord Jedburgh in 1622.
    His half-brother Robert Carr, created Earl of Somerset in 1613, (who adopted the English spelling of the name when he migrated to England with the King) was James' favourite and possibly the best-known member of the family to those who have only a superficial knowledge of English history, and none of Scottish history. This he achieved by contributing to James' personal unpopularity in his new Kingdom, and to the tension that gradually built up against the Stuarts, culminating in the Civil War and the "execution" of Charles I. School textbooks, however, have been less than fair to him, and grossly unfair to James VI and I - a competent ruler of his own original kingdom even if he did not understand England well enough to be a real success there, and a man of great intellectual ability. The second Lord Jedburgh, as we have seen, was the half-brother of the, first.
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    Had:
    (1) Sir Andrew Kerr of Oxnam, Master of Jedburgh (dvpsp 20.12.1628) m. (c12.1614) Margaret Kerr (b c1570, d 15.03.1645, dau of Mark Kerr, 1st Earl of Lothian)
    (2) Margaret Kerr (a 1648) m. Sir John Macdowall of Garthland (d 1637)
    (3) Jean Kerr (a 1648) m. Thomas Kennedy of Pinwhirrie (d by 1648)
    (4) Alison Kerr (a 1648) m. (mcrt 07.1620) John Rutherford of Hunthill (a 1648)
    (5) Lilias Kerr (d by 1648) m. _ McCulloch
    (6)+ other issue (a 1648) - Anne, Mary
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  • Change Date: 2 JUN 2008



    Father: Thomas Kerr b: 1550
    Mother: Janet Kirkaldy

    Marriage 1 Anna Stewart
    • Married: ABT 20 OCT 1584
    • Note: Contract date
    Children
    1. Has Children Margaret Ker

    Sources:
    1. Text: FERNIEHIRST CASTLE
      Chapter III - Family History
      An outline history of the Kerrs of Ferniehirst
      From Electric Scotland
    2. Type: Web Site
      Title: Stirnet Genealogy
      Author: Patrick Barns-Graham
      URL: www.stirnet.com
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