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Walter Kerr, Cessford

Also Known As: "Wat Carre", "Walter Ker"
Birthdate: (41)
Birthplace: Cessford, Co. Roxburghe, Scotland
Death: November 25, 1501 (41)
Cessford Castle, Roxburgh, Scotland (UNK)
Immediate Family:

Son of Andrew Kerr, of Auldbounburn and Cessford and daughter of William Douglas of Cavers
Husband of Isabel de Hay, Lady Kerr Of Cessford and Agnes Crichton
Father of Robert Kerr, of Calverton; Ralph Kerr; Mark Kerr of Dolphingston, Maxton and Littledean; Margaret Kerr and Elizabeth Rutherford
Brother of Andrew Ker of Cessford
Half brother of Baron Thomas Kerr of Smailholm later of Ferniehurst; Robert Kerr, Abbot at Kelso, Scotland; Margaret Kerr, Countess of Erroll; William Kerr of Yair and Ralph Kerr, Abbot at Kelso, Scotland

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About Walter Kerr, Laird of Cessford

Walter Ker was the son of Andrew Ker and his first wife, dau. of William Douglas of Cavers. Walter was twice married, by his first wife he had: Robert, Mark, Ralph, Elizabeth, Margaret. He married 2ndly, Agnes, dau. of William, Lord Crichton, Chancellor of Scotland.


from The Scottish Nation: Or, The Surnames, Families, Literature ..., Volume 3 By William Anderson. Page 382 "His son, Walter Ker of Cessford, a powerful border baron, was, under the name of Wat Carre, one of the commissioners for settling border disputes with the English, 18th October, 1484. In 1499 he received from James IV. a grant of the site of the ruined town and castle of Roxburgh, and died 25th November 1501. With one daughter, he had two sons, Sir Robert Ker, his successor, and Mark Ker of Dolphingston and Littledean ...


From Walter Ker, laird of Cessford


  • KINSHIP: 2nd but eldest surviving son.
  • KINSHIP: 2nd husband of 2nd wife.
  • OFFICE: In recompense for his gift to the Abbey of fuel from the moor of Caverton the offices of Justiciar and Bailie of the whole lands of the barony of Kelso and of the lands and lordships of Sprouston and Redden, of the barony of Bowden and other lands of the Abbey in Roxburghshire, Berwichshire, Edinburgh and in the Constabulary of Haddington and a fee yearly from the lands of Bowden to be held to the said Walter Ker 1478.
  • OFFICE: One of the Commissioners for settling Border disputes with the English of the East and Middle Marches 1484.
  • OFFICE: Sat in Parliament 1491/1492.
  • OFFICE: Warden of the Marches 1501/1502.
  • ASSIGNMENTS: Witnessed a charter of John, Lord Haliburton 1449.
  • ASSIGNMENTS: He was appointed to accompany his brother the Abbot of Kelso, Lyon King of Arms and others, as escort to the almoner of King Edward IV. from the Tweed to the presence of King James III. 1478.
  • ASSIGNMENTS: One of the Scots Commissioners who signed a three-year truce with England at Coldstream 1488.
  • Appointed one of the Scots Commissioners to treat for a prorogation of Truce 1492.
  • ASSIGNMENTS: Was one of King James IV's ambassadors to England, who had safe-conduct and protection for three months 1491. Was again an envoy to England 1493.
  • GIFTS: Founded and endowed from his lands a perpetual chaplainey at the alter of St. Katherine the Virgin within the monastery church of Kelso for the soul of the late King James II, and his own soul 1475. This chaplainey he further endowned from his lands of Auld Roxburgh when he had become Laid of Cessford 1488. His charter was confirmed by King James IV. 1488.
  • TITLES: Laid of Cessford 1488.
  • PROPERTY: Succeeded father to Cessford some time after 8 May 1481.
  • PROPERTY: Had a charter from William Douglas, Lord of Cavers, granting to his nephew or grandson Walter Ker, son of Andrew Ker, his whole lands of Blackpule 1450. The name of Walter Ker comes first in the remainder of the Crown charter of Cessford granted to his father Andrew Ker 1467.
  • PROPERTY: Had a precept of sasine for the lands of Borthwickshiels and Hardenwode 1471.
  • PROPERTY: Had a charter on the resignation of his father, of the lands of Hindhope 1471.
  • PROPERTY: Had a Crown charter of the third part of the lands of Caverton 1473.
  • PROPERTY: Had a charter of the barony and castle of Cessford, including the lands of the barony of Auld Roxburgh, the lands of Altonburn and Prymside and territory of Sinailholm 1474.
  • PROPERTY: Had a second charter of the barony and castle of Cessford 1481.
  • PROPERTY: Walter Ker, now of Cessford had a charter from King James III. of the 20-merk lands of Caverton 1484.
  • PROPERTY: Had a Crown charter of the third part of the lands of Caverton 1491/1492.
  • PROPERTY: Had a Crown Charter of the lands of the barony of Cessford 1493/1494.
  • MARRIAGE: Investigate> He is said to have married, first, Isabel, daughter of John, Lord Hay of Yester, but the dates will not admit of this.
  • ERROR: Charter date> Mistakenly listed as, 'He had a charter, 15 May 1571', in 'The Scots Peerage', vol. 7, p.327 lines 9 from foot, for '1571' read '1471' - addenda and corrigenda, vol. 7 p. 153.


  • Walter Ker1,2
  • M, #66740, d. 25 November 1501
  • Father Andrew Ker1 b. c 1405, d. a 8 May 1481
  • Mother Margery Douglas1 b. c 1425, d. 1484
  • Walter Ker was born at of Cessford, Scotland.1 He married Agnes Crichton, daughter of William Crichton, 1st Lord Crichton, Chancellor of Scotland and Agnes, after 20 October 1487; 2nd marriage for both.3,4 Walter Ker died on 25 November 1501.1,4
  • Family 1
  • Children
    • Sir Robert Ker+1 d. 1500
    • Elizabeth Ker+5,6 b. c 1460
  • Family 2 Agnes Crichton d. a 20 Oct 1487
  • Citations
  • [S147] Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage, 1938 ed., by Sir Bernard Burke, p., 2134.
  • [S11586] The Scots Peerage, Vol. VII, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 326-332.
  • [S11587] The Scots Peerage, Vol. VIII, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 273-274.
  • [S11586] The Scots Peerage, Vol. VII, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 329.
  • [S11564] The Scots Peerage, Vol. II, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 228.
  • [S11586] The Scots Peerage, Vol. VII, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 331.
  • From:


  • Walter Kerr of Cessford1
  • M, #14893, d. 25 November 1501
  • Last Edited=8 Sep 2014
  • Walter Kerr of Cessford was the son of Andrew Kerr of Auldtounburn and Cessford and unknown daughter Douglas.2 He married, firstly, Isabel Hay, daughter of John Hay, 1st Lord Hay of Yester.3 He married Agnes Crichton, daughter of William Crichton of that Ilk, 1st Lord Crichton, on 20 October 1487.1 He died on 25 November 1501.
  • He lived at Caverton, Scotland.3 Between 13 March 1493 and 1499 he had a Crown charter of Cessford.3 He lived at Cessford, Scotland.3
  • Children of Walter Kerr of Cessford and Agnes Crichton
    • Sir Robert Kerr, younger of Cessford+3 d. a 6 Nov 1500
    • Margaret Kerr3
    • Mark Kerr+3 d. 1433
    • Elizabeth Kerr+3 d. 19 Oct 1548
    • Ralph Kerr3 d. a 1494
  • Citations
  • [S37] BP2003 volume 2, page 2566. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • [S6286] Clan MacFarlane and associated clans genealogy, online Hereinafter cited as Clan MacFarlane.
  • [S37] BP2003. [S37]
  • From:


  • The Universal magazine, Volume 60 Pg. 264
  • Pg.264
  • .... According to the learned antiquary, Sir George McKenzie, the firft of this family, who fettled in the fouthern parts of Scotland, was Robert de Ker, who flourifhed in the beginning of the 14th century, and in the reigns of King Robert and David Bruce. His fon John became proprietor of the whole barony of Auldtownburn, in the fhire of Roxburgh; and had a fon, who feems to have been a man of confiderable note; for he obtained letters of fafe conduct from King Edward III, for himfelf and twelve Knights in his retinue, to pafs through England in 1363.
  • His grandfon, Andrew Ker, was armour-bearer to Archibald Duke of Turenne, Earl of Douglas, from whom he obtained a charter of the lands and barony of Prymfide, wherein he is ftyled 'Nobilis vir, Andreas Ker dominus the Auldtownburn.' He died about the year 1450, in the reign of James II; and was fucceeded by his eldeft fon, Andrew Ker, who was a man of parts, highly efteemed by the King juft mentioned, and concerned in moft of the public trafactions of the time. In 1459, he was appointed one of the Ambaffadores extraordinary to the count England. He died about the year 1486, leaving iffue four fons, of whom Walter, the eldeft, was named one of the Scotch Commiffioners to treat with the Englifh, in 1484; and in 1491, and 1494, one of the Ambaffadors extraordinary to the court of England. he died in 1502, having had
  • Pg.265
  • iffue a daughter, Elifabeth, and a fon, Sir Robert Ker, who married Chriftain Rutherford, daughter of Philip Rutherford, and died in the beginning of the year 1500, leaving a fon, Sir Andrew Ker, who fucceeded his grandfather, and, being a man of great parts, was often employed in negociations of importance, which he managed with dexterity and fuccefs. By his wife, daughter of William, third Lord Creichton, of Sanquhar, he had five fons and two daughters. .... etc.



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Cessford, Co. Roxburghe, Scotland
Age 5
St Boswells, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Age 6
Cessford, Roxburghshire, Scotland
November 25, 1501
Age 41
Cessford Castle, Roxburgh, Scotland
Cessford, Scotland
Cessford, Scotland
Cessford, Scotland