Alexander "Alec" Kerr

14 October 1877–7 July 1939 (Age 61)
Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of Alexander "Alec"

When Alexander "Alec" Kerr was born on 14 October 1877, in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, William Kerr, was 48 and his mother, Jean Robb, was 38. He married Cecilia Bruce Ferguson on 27 August 1897, in Bonnybridge, Falkirk, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He died on 7 July 1939, in Falkirk, Falkirk, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 61.

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Alexander "Alec" Kerr
Cecilia Bruce Ferguson
Marriage: 27 August 1897
Jean Robb Kerr
Cecilia Kerr

Spouse and Children

27 August 1897
Bonnybridge, Falkirk, Scotland, United Kingdom


Parents and Siblings

    William Kerr


    Jean Robb




World Events (8)

1878 · Collapse of the City of Glasgow Bank.

Age 1

Because of a discovery of a £7,000 deficit, City of Glasgow Bank halted operations from November to December 1877. After 10 months after reopening, the bank’s directors announced the bank, itself, had filed bankruptcy. The closure showed a net liability of over £6 million. The bank was so successful with telling people that it wasn’t in error, that the Bank's shares were selling for more than double of what they were actually worth. The bank’s directors were arrested and tried at the High Court. All were found guilty and sentenced to terms of imprisonment. Many Glasgow businesses failed as a result of the bankruptcy and shareholders were called to replenish the bank's losses. One shareholder argued that he had become a shareholder unknowing the fraudulent actions of the bank. Wide effects of the collapse have been seen in limited growth in liability and extensive problems with temporary banking liquidity.

Age 7

Art Nouveau Period (Art and Antiques).
1896 · Opening of the Glasgow Subway.

Age 19

The Glasgow Subway opened on 14 December and is the third-oldest underground metro system in the world. It is one of very few subways that have a running gauge of 4 feet, but its twin circular lines were never expanded.

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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