Clan Kerr

Clan Kerr , Clan Kerr is a Scottish clan that played an important role in the history of the Border country of Scotland.

The origins of the name Kerr are disputed as being either:

Kerr Tartan      Coat of Arms      Clan Map in Borders
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The Kerrs have typically been associated with left-handedness; some of their buildings, such as Ferniehirst Castle, have been explicitly designed with this in mind. There is an anecdotal link between the Kerrs and left-handedness, although it is unclear whether or not present-day individuals with the surname of Kerr have a higher incidence of left-handedness than the general population.

An article appearing in the British Medical Journal 1972 confirmed that about 30% of those with the surname Kerr were left-handed as opposed to a background 10% of the population. However, a later 1993 study reported no statistically significant increase in left-handedness among people with the family name Kerr or Carr.

Floors Castle which featured in the 1984 movie Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, is the seat of the Duke of Roxburgh. The Dukes of Roxburghe, formerly Earls of Roxburghe, are members of the Innes-Ker, formerly Ker family, a branch of the Kerr family.

James Innes, on succeeding as 5th Duke in 1812, and inheriting the estates and peerages through the female line, was obliged to change his name to Innes-Ker, and thus ceased to be the chief of Clan Innes, since he now bore a double-barrelled name.

Floors Castle, is a reminder of the Auld Alliance between France and Scotland that existed for many years, and which culminated in the marriage of Mary, Queen of Scots, to the French Dauphin François. The name is thought to come either from "flowers" (or the French fleurs), or from the "floors", or terraces, on which the castle is built.

Ferniehirst Castle      Floors Castle Today      Floors Castle in 1880
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