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Encyclopedia Britannica Pg.18

Margaret Maxwell was the daughter of Sir John Maxwell and Agnes Herries, Baroness Herries of Terregles.1 She married Mark Kerr, 1st Earl of Lothian, son of Mark Kerr and Helen Leslie. She died on 8 January 1617.

    Her married name became Kerr.

Children of Margaret Maxwell and Mark Kerr, 1st Earl of Lothian

1.Lady Margaret Kerr+ d. 15 Mar 1645

2.Robert Kerr, 2nd Earl of Lothian+ d. 6 Mar 1624

3.William Kerr

4.Sir Mark Kerr d. Nov 1652

5.Lady Janet Kerr+

6.Isabel Kerr+ d. 1628

7.Lilias Kerr+1 d. 10 Jul 1659

8.Lady Jean Kerr+2 d. b 1633


Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and ..., Volume 5. edited by George Edward Cokayne. Page 145. GoogleBooks

Mark Kerr ... was cr., 10 July 1606, EARL OF LOTHIAN (S.), with rem. to his heirs male. He m. Margaret, da. of John (MAXWELL), LORD HERRIES (S.), by Agnes, suo jure BARONESS HERRIES OF TERREGLES (S.) He d. 8 April 1609. His widow, by whom he is said to have had 31 children, (d) d. at Preston Grange, 8 Jan. 1617.(e)

(c) See p. 144, note "e."

(d) of these children but five sons reached maturity, all of whom d. s.p.m. Jaines (the 4th) is named in the charter of novodamus, 1621, and John (the 5th and yst.), was alive in 1627. The eldest son was Earl Robert as mentioned in the text; the 28 son, Sir William Ker, assumed the Earldom in 1624. (See p. 144, note "e"), but d. before 1650 ; while the 3d son (the survivor), Sir Mark Kerr, of Mauldsie, became in 1650 (on the death of the Earl of Roxburghie (S.)) the head of the family of Kerr, of Cessford, being also heir male to the Earldoms of Roxburgh and Lothian, a position, which on his death s.p.m. before 1663, devolved on Sir Walter Kerr, of Fawdonside. At that date (1663) the hcirs male of the body of the 1st Earl of Lothian (who, presumably, were the heirs indicated in the patent of 1606) became extinct. .

(d) She is accused, by Scotstarvet, of witchcraft and even of having caused the death of her husband. (“Notes on the Family of Ker”)


1.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 223. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.

2.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 262.


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Margaret Maxwell, Countess of Lothian's Timeline

January 8, 1548
Terregles, Dumfriess-shire
St Boswelles, Midlothian, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom
Drumlanrig, Dumfries-shire, , Scotland
Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Letham, Angus, Scotland (United Kingdom)
January 8, 1617
Age 69