Mark Kerr, 1st Earl of Lothian
|Also Known As:||"1st Earl of Lothian"|
|Birthplace:||Prestongrange, Prestonpans, East Lothian, Scotland|
|Death:||Died in Moray, Scotland|
Son of Abbot Mark Kerr of Cessford and Lady Helen Leslie
|Occupation:||1st Earl of Lothian|
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Mark Kerr (or Ker), 1st Earl of Lothian (1553 – April 8, 1609) was a Scottish nobleman and politician.
He was the son of Mark Kerr, abbot of Newbattle, Midlothian, and the sister of the Earl of Rothes. Mark was Vicar of Linton in 1567. He was appointed Master of Requests in 1577 made a baron and Privy Counsellor in 1587, and created a Lord of Parliament as Lord Newbattle in 1591. An English list of the Scottish nobility states his residences were 'Morphele' and Prestongrange. His wife was a sister of Lord Herries.
He acted as interim Lord Chancellor of Scotland in 1604. He was created Earl of Lothian in 1606. He resigned the office of Master of Requests in 1606.
The son of Mark Kerr, abbot of Newbattle, Midlothian, he was Vicar of Linton in 1567. He was appointed Master of Requests in 1577 made a baron and Privy Counsellor in 1587, and created a Lord of Parliament in 1591. He acted as interim Lord Chancellor of Scotland in 1604. He resigned the office of Master of Requests in 1606.
Mark Kerr was created Lord Newbattle in 1591 and Earl of Lothian in 1606, both with remainder to his heirs male. In 1621 both titles were surrendered by the 2nd Earl and regranted with a special remainder to his daughters, the eldest of whom, Lady Anne Kerr, succeeded to both titles on his death in 1624. Her husband, Sir William Kerr (eldest son of Sir Robert Kerr, later 1st Earl of Ancram) was created Lord Kerr of Newbattle and Earl of Lothian in 1631. On her death in 1667 their eldest son became 4th Earl of Lothian (though he was not recognised as such) and on her husband's death in 1675 also 2nd Earl of Lothian.
By this point Sir Robert Kerr, father of the 1st Earl of the 2nd creation, had been created Lord Kerr of Nisbet, Langnewtoun and Dolphinstoun and Earl of Ancram, and the titles had been inherited by the 4th and 2nd Earl of Lothian's uncle, Charles Kerr, on whose death in 1690 he became 3rd Earl of Ancram.
He was then created Lord Ker of Newbattle, Oxnam, Jedburgh, Dolphinstoun and Nisbet, Viscount of Briene, Earl of Ancram and Marquess of Lothian in 1701.
The 2nd Marquess succeeded his cousin as Lord Jedburgh before succeeding to the Marquessate, and the 6th Marquess was created Baron Ker, of Kersheugh in the County of Roxburgh, in 1821, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.
Mark Kerr, 1st Earl of Lothian was the son of Mark Kerr and Helen Leslie. He married Margaret Maxwell, daughter of Sir John Maxwell and Agnes Herries, Baroness Herries of Terregles. He died on 8 April 1609.
Mark Kerr, 1st Earl of Lothian was created 1st Earl of Lothian in 1606.1
Children of Mark Kerr, 1st Earl of Lothian and Margaret Maxwell
1.Lady Margaret Kerr+ d. 15 Mar 1645
2.Robert Kerr, 2nd Earl of Lothian+ d. 6 Mar 1624
4.Sir Mark Kerr d. Nov 1652
5.Lady Janet Kerr+2
6.Isabel Kerr+3 d. 1628
7.Lilias Kerr+4 d. 10 Jul 1659
8.Lady Jean Kerr+5 d. b 1633
1.[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 438. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
2.[S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
3.[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 VI, page 336. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
4.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 223.
5.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 262.
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Mark Kerr, 1st Earl of Lothian's Timeline
February 20, 1558
Prestongrange, Prestonpans, East Lothian, Scotland
July 10, 1569
Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom
Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland