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Janet Ker

Birthdate: (28)
Birthplace: Dunfermline, Fife, UK
Death: Died in Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, UK
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Patrick Keir and Gelis Keir
Wife of Sir Robert Logan, 7th Baron of Restalrig
Mother of George Logan; John Logan; Alexander Logan and Janet Logan

Managed by: Patrick M Stock
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About Janet Ker

We know the father married first in 1576 to Elizabeth McGill, they divorced in 1577/78. Then we have a blank period of 8 or 9 years until Logan marries (Jonet Ker) in 1586. Logan Home places the births of George and John as 1587 and 1588, respectively. This wife, Jonet, is apparently mother also to Alexander (1590) and Jonet (bef 1596). Jonet Ker dies in 1596, and it is her tombstone that still exists in the St. Triduana Chapel in Edinburgh (a picture of her stone is on my web page:'rscmf/Triduana.htm>)

Logan is said to have then married Marion Ker (relation to wife Jonet, unknown) who lived to be his widow and was mother to Anna (her birth would be between 1597-1606). I think Logan Home is missing a wife in there. If George and John were not minors in 1600, this would place their births before 1587 and 1588; probably more like 1580 and 1581.

As John married before 1606, I think my hypothesis is the correct one. If Logan Home is correct, John would have been 16 or 17 at the time of his marriage. This is unheard of back then. The average age for a man of wealth to first marry was about 26, the girls first married around 20 or 21 years of age. If John were born about 1581, he would have been 25 at the birth of his first child; this is more likely the case.

Since John's first child was born in May 1606, this is prior to the death of his father and the forfeiture, therefore eliminating the need for John to marry as a teenager.

I discuss this in depth because this is the critical information needed if you are to trace your tree back to the last Laird. I hope you are all still with me at this point . The crux of it is that these kids need sorted out if any of us are going to be able to connect to the Last Laird.

That said, I'll repeat my family history for you: my line supposedly ...descends from the eldest son of the last laird...- this should be Robert (B. 1577) unless there was an illegitimate son and my family historian conveniently forgot to mention that part. I have proof of my Logan line back to a marriage that took place in Aberdeen, SCT in 1635 between John Logan and Margaret Wat.

So obviously I have a gap and have been unable to prove John's parentage. Since I am stuck in trying to move backwards, I have spent years trying to move the last Laird's children forward, hoping my gamble would pay off. Since the eldest two wandered off from Edinburgh it has been very difficult. But I think this is a very important part of the puzzle. One son quite possibly could have wandered off to Ireland......... Regards, Stephanie Plano, TX USA 
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Janet Ker's Timeline

Dunfermline, Fife, UK
Age 12
Age 22
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 22
Age 22
May 1596
Age 28
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, UK