Joseph Rennie Kerr

9 October 1870–1944 (Age 73)
Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of Joseph Rennie

When Joseph Rennie Kerr was born on 9 October 1870, in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, John Kerr, was 31 and his mother, Jane McGregor, was 31. He married Agnes Burns McBride on 14 April 1893, in Joadja Creek, New South Wales, Australia. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He died in 1944, in Canterbury, New South Wales, Australia, at the age of 74.

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Joseph Rennie Kerr
Agnes Burns McBride
Marriage: 14 April 1893
John Kerr
Jane Kerr
Elizabeth Kerr

Spouse and Children

14 April 1893
Joadja Creek, New South Wales, Australia


    John Kerr


    Jane Kerr


    Elizabeth Kerr


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World Events (8)

1874 · Patronage abolished in the Church of Scotland.

Age 4

The Church Patronage Act 1874 was passed by Parliament and amended and altered the laws relating to the Appointment of Ministers to Parishes in Scotland. Paragraphs spelled out definitions to prevent the Act being subverted by processes used by Patrons and clarified that the Church of Scotland would decide on the qualifications required for Ministers.

Age 14

Art Nouveau Period (Art and Antiques).
1890 · Opening of the Forth Railway Bridge.

Age 20

The Forth Bridge is a railway bridge across the Firth of Forth river in the east of Scotland, 9 miles west of Edinburgh City Center. It is considered as a symbol of Scotland and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was opened on 4 March and was the longest single cantilever bridge span in the world until 1919. It is still in operation.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived by a patch of wet ground overgrown with brushwood, northern Middle English kerr (Old Norse kjarr). A legend grew up that the Kerrs were left-handed, on theory that the name is derived from Gaelic cearr ‘wronghanded’, ‘left-handed’.2 Irish: see Carr .3 This surname has also absorbed examples of German Kehr .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • NSW, Australia, Immigrant Passenger List, 1828-1896
  • Joseph Rennie Kerr, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Joseph Rennie Kerr - Government record: Marriage record or certificate: birth: about 1871;

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