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Alexander Kerr, Sr.

Birthplace: Selkirk, Linton Parish, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Williamsburg, James City County, Province of Virginia
Place of Burial: Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Laird Archibald A. Kerr and helen sinclair
Husband of Martha Elizabeth Kerr
Father of Alexander Kerr, Jr.; John Kerr and William Kerr
Brother of Henry Kerr and Jean Kerr

Occupation: Silversmith
Managed by: Denise Celeste Frederick
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About Alexander Kerr, Sr.


Scottish jeweler; merchant in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.

Source: Colonial Williamsburg Official Guidebook 1779

Alexander was the son of Archibald Kerr of Graden. Alexander was trained as a silversmith before his capture and became a nabob of Williamsburg owning a house across the street from the Capital building. Alexander bought the house from the estate of a fellow prisoner transported on the same voyage of the Elizabeth and Anne, Dr. John Brown, a surgeon from Coldstream.

Alexander and his brother Henry were sons of Archibald Ker(r) of Graden and Helenor St. Clair, daughter of Sir James St. Clair of Roslin. The boys' father died when they were still young children. Their mother raised them as Roman Catholics.


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Alexander Kerr, Sr.'s Timeline

Selkirk, Linton Parish, Roxburghshire, Scotland
November 14, 1715
Age 21
Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom

The Battle of Preston is the first Jacobite Rebellion or "The Fifteen." The Jacobites attempt to restore the Stuart kings to the thrones of Scotland and England. Alexander who has been raised Roman Catholic is Jacobite and captured.

December 1715
Age 21
United Kingdom

When given a choice between death or transport for high treason, he chooses transport and sails for America. (See "Immigrant Ships-Liverpool, England to Yorktown, VA.)

January 14, 1716
Age 22

After arrival in Virginia, Alexander begins to ply his trade as a silversmith. He is very successful and owns a home across the street from the Capital building in Williamsburg, Virginia.

June 15, 1725
Age 31
Williamsburg, James City County, Province of Virginia
June 15, 1726
Age 32
Williamsburg, James City County, Province of Virginia
Age 34
Williamsburg, York County, Province of Virginia
Age 38
October 15, 1738
Age 44
Williamsburg, James City County, Province of Virginia
Williamsburg, Virginia, United States