The Border Reivers

This name also has a number of variations including Carr, which in Gaelic means ‘fortress’ or ‘dweller at a fort’. 

The Kerr’s were a notorious reiving family and one of the few  to retain their land and status despite the serious quarrelling amongst themselves.  Remarkably, they were also renowned for being left-handed.

There was a bitter feud between two branches of the family, The Kers of Cessford and the Kerrs of Ferniehirs though both families achieved high ranking status and were Wardens of the Scottish Middle March.

The Kerrs of Ferniehirst fought for Mary Queen of Scots and the Kers of Cessford were on the side of James VI at the Battle of Langside.

The feud finally ended after the marriage of Anne Ker to William Kerr.