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Ancram, Earl of (S, 1633)


Creation: let. pat. 24 Jun 1633


Family name: Kerr




See Marquess of Lothian



Robert [Kerr], 1st Earl of Ancram

1st son and heir of William Kerr of Ancram and Woodhead, by his wife Margaret Home (widow of David Home of Fishwick), dau. of Archibald Douglas of Fingask



mar. (1)

bef. 24 Jan 1607 Elizabeth Murray (d. bef. 1620), sister of Sir Archibald Murray of Blackbarony, 1st Bt., and dau. of Sir John Murray of Blackbarony MP

only child by first wife

1. Hon William Kerr, later 1st Earl of Lothian

mar. (2)

1621 Lady Anne Portman (widow of Sir Henry Portman, 2nd Bt., of Orchard Portman, co. Somerset;  bur. 15 Feb 1656/7), only surv. dau. of William [Stanley], 6th Earl of Derby, by his wife Lady Elizabeth de Vere, half-sister and cohrss. in here issue of Henry [de Vere], 18th Earl of Oxford, and 1st dau. by his first wife of Edward [de Vere], 17th Earl of Oxford

children by second wife

2. Hon Charles Kerr, later 2nd Earl of Ancram

3. Hon Stanley Kerr (dsp. after 1666)

1. Lady Vere Kerr, mar. bef. 1654 Dr Wilkinson, of Oxford, co. Oxon., and had issue

2. Lady Elizabeth Kerr, mar. c. 1633 as his second wife Col Nathaniel Rich

3. Lady ..... Kerr, granted a pension by King Charles II

4. Lady ..... Kerr, granted a pension by King Charles II


9 Dec 1654


24 Jun 1633 Lord Kerr of Nisbet, Longnewton and Dolphinstoun, and Earl of Ancram, with remainder to his heirs male by his second wife, Lady Anne Stanley, whom failing to his heirs male generally

suc. by

son by second wife


Captain of the King's Bodyguard to King James VI;  Member of Parliament for Aylesbury 1625, and for Preston 1628-29;  a Gentleman of the Bedchamber 1625


Charles [Kerr], 2nd Earl of Ancram




bef. 1 May 1662 ..... .....

only child

1. Hon ..... Kerr (dvp. sp. c. 5 Feb 1675/6


s.p.s. Sep 1690

suc. by



Member of Parliament for St Michael's 1647-48, for Thirsk 1660, and for Wigan 1661-81 and 1685-87


Robert [Kerr], 2nd Earl of Lothian and 3rd Earl of Ancram later 1st Marquess of Lothian, PC

1st son and heir of William [Kerr], 1st Earl of Lothian (by his wife Lady Anne Kerr, 1st dau. and hrss. of line of Robert [Kerr], 2nd Earl of Lothian), only son by his first wife of Robert [Kerr], 1st Earl of Ancram


23 Jun 1701 Lord Ker of Newbottle, Viscount of Briene and Marquess of Lothian


suc. his father Oct 1675 as 2nd Earl of Lothian and his uncle Sep 1690 as 3rd Earl of Ancram


The Earldom of Ancram has been held by the Marquesses of Lothian since 23 Jun 1701.


 Last updated 28 May 2003



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