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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John Kerr
Marion Coutts
Alexander Kerr
William Kerr
Taylor Kerr
George Coutts Kerr
James Kerr
Mary Kerr
John Kerr
Elisabeth Kerr
Thomas Kerr
Alexander Kerr
Janet Kerr
John Kerr
David Kerr

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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.

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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