William Kerr

28 September 1832–
Cockpen, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of William

When William Kerr was born on 28 September 1832, in Cockpen, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, John Kerr, was 21 and his mother, Marion Coutts, was 19. He lived in Whitburn, Linlithgowshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1841 and Newbattle, Edinburghshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1851.

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Family Time Line

John Kerr
1810–1862
Marion Coutts
1813–1856
Alexander Kerr
1830–
William Kerr
1832–
Taylor Kerr
1835–
George Coutts Kerr
1837–1921
James Kerr
1839–1908
Mary Kerr
1841–
John Kerr
1844–
Elisabeth Kerr
1846–
Thomas Kerr
1848–
Alexander Kerr
1850–
Janet Kerr
1852–
John Kerr
1854–
David Kerr
1856–

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World Events (8)

1838 · Jenners Department Store Opens its doors

Age 6

Jenners was founded by Charles Jenner as a department store for the community. The original building was destroyed by a fire in 1892 but, with a new design in mind, the store was reopened in 1895 with new features. It was named Harrods of the North after it was given Royal Warrant in 1911 and was visited by Queen Elizabeth II on its 150th anniversary. It was sold to the House of Fraser in 2005, which in 2008, made much needed improvements to the store.
1843

Age 11

Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.
1868 · The Representation of the people (Scotland) Act 1868

Age 36

The Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1868 was passed by Parliament and allowed for the creation of seven additional Scottish seats in the House of Commons. Along with the seats, Two University constituencies were created. These each returned one member to Parliament.

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 (2)

  • William Kerr in household of John Kerr, "Scotland Census, 1841"
  • Willm Kerr in household of John Kerr, "Scotland Census, 1851"

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