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Lothian, Earl of (S, 1631)


Creation: let. pat. 31 Oct 1631


Family name: Kerr




See Marquess of Lothian



William [Kerr], 1st Earl of Lothian

1st son and heir of Robert [Kerr], 1st Earl of Ancram, by his first wife Elizabeth Murray, dau. of Sir John Murray of Blackbarony




9 Dec 1630 his fifth cousin once removed Lady Anne Ker (d. 26 Mar 1677), 1st dau. and heir of line of Robert [Ker], 2nd Earl of Lothian, by his wife Lady Annabella Campbell, 2nd dau. by his first wife of Archibald [Campbell], 7th Earl of Argyll


1. Hon Robert Kerr, later 2nd Earl of Lothian and 3rd Earl of Ancram later 1st Marquess of Lothian

2. Hon Sir William Kerr of Halden, Director of Chancery for life 1651 (b. 22 Dec 1638 ; d. 16...), mar. after 30 Jun 1664 Agnes Cockburn, dau. of John Cockburn of Ormiston, and had issue

3. Hon Charles Kerr of Abbotrule (b. 17 Jul 1642; d. 16...), mar. c. 1666 Cecily Scott, dau. of Patrick Scott of Langshaw, and had issue

4. Hon Harry Kerr (b. 7 Mar 1645; dvp. 12 Oct 1648)

5. Capt Hon John Kerr (b. 3 Aug 1647; d. after 1722), mar., and had issue

1. Lady Anne Kerr (b. 26 Nov 1631; d. 30 Aug 1658), mar. c. 11 Jan 1651/2 as his first wife Hon Alexander Fraser, Master of Saltoun, only son and heir ap. of Alexander [Fraser], 11th Lord Saltoun of Abernethy, by his second wife Elizabeth Urquhart, widow of John Urquhart of Craigfintrie and dau. of Alexander Seton of Meldrum, and had issue

2. Lady Elizabeth Kerr (b. 6 Sep 1633), mar. 23 Aug 1649 her first cousin once removed John [Borthwick], 9th Lord Borthwick

3. Lady Jean Kerr (b. 13 Jan 1635; dvp. Oct 1636)

4. Lady Margaret Kerr (b. 6 Oct 1637; dvp. Mar 1643)

5. Lady Mary Kerr (b. 28 Mar 1640; d. Mar 1708), mar. 28 Jul 1659 James Brodie of Brodie, 1st son and heir of Alexander Brodie of Brodie

6. Lady Margaret Kerr (b. 26 Jun 1645), mar. 1666 Sir James Richardson of Smetoun, 4th Bt., and had issue

7. Lady Vere Kerr (b. 24 Apr 1649; d. 17 Apr 1674), mar. 28 Jan 1668 her half-cousin once removed Lord Neil Campbell, 2nd son of Archibald [Campbell], 1st Marquess of Argyll, by his wife and first cousin once removed Lady Margaret Douglas, 2nd dau. of William [Douglas], 7th Earl of Morton, and had issue

8. Lady Henrietta Kerr (b. 2 Feb 1653; d. 30 Jun 1741), mar. after 27 Nov 1673 Sir Francis Scott of Thirlestane, 1st Bt. , and had issue


Oct 1675


31 Oct 1631 Lord Kerr of Newbottle and Earl of Lothian

suc. by



Secretary of State for Scotland 1649-52


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


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


suc. his uncle Sep 1690 as 3rd Earl of Ancram


The Earldoms of Lothian and Ancram have been held by the Marquesses of Lothian since 23 Jun 1701.


 Last updated 27 Mar 2004



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