John Kerr, 7th Marquess of Lothian

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The Marquess of Lothian

Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
In office
8 September 1841 – 14 November 1841
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, Bt
Preceded by The Earl of Surrey
Succeeded by The Earl of Beverley
Personal details
Born 1 February 1794
Died 14 November 1841 (1841-11-15) (aged 47)
Nationality British
Political party Tory
Spouse(s) Lady Cecil Chetwynd-Talbot (1808–1877)

John William Robert Kerr, 7th Marquess of Lothian PC (1 February 1794 – 14 November 1841), styled Lord Newbottle until 1815 and Earl of Ancram from 1815 to 1824, was a Scottish Tory politician. He served briefly as Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard under Sir Robert Peel between September and November 1841.


Kerr was the eldest son of William Kerr, 6th Marquess of Lothian, and his first wife Lady Harriet, daughter of John Hobart, 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire. Styled Lord Newbottle from birth, he became known by the courtesy title Earl of Ancram when his father succeeded to the marquessate in 1815.[1]

Political career

Lord Ancram entered the House of Commons in 1820 as one of two representatives for Huntingdon, a seat he held until he succeeded his father in the marquessate in 1824.[2] In September 1841 he was sworn of the Privy Council[3] and appointed Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard in the Tory administration of Sir Robert Peel, a post he held until his early death in November of the same year. He also served as Lord-Lieutenant of Roxburghshire between 1824[4] and 1841.[5]


Lord Lothian married Lady Cecil Chetwynd-Talbot, daughter of Charles Chetwynd-Talbot, 2nd Earl Talbot, in 1831. They had five sons and two daughters. Their two elder sons, William and Schomberg, both succeeded in the title. Their third son Lord Ralph Kerr became a major-general in the army and was the father of Philip Kerr, 11th Marquess of Lothian, while their fourth son Lord Walter Kerr became an admiral in the Royal Navy and was the grandfather of Peter Kerr, 12th Marquess of Lothian, and great-grandfather of Michael Kerr, 13th Marquess of Lothian. Lord Lothian died in November 1841, aged 47. After his death, the Marchioness converted to Roman Catholicism with her two younger sons, Lord Ralph Kerr and Lord Walter Kerr, and her daughters.[6] The Marchioness of Lothian died in May 1877, aged 69.[1]


  1. ^ a b John William Robert Kerr, 7th Marquess of Lothian
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 4)
  3. ^ "No. 20019". The London Gazette. 17 September 1841. p. 2315.
  4. ^ "No. 18033". The London Gazette. 5 June 1824. p. 908.
  5. ^ "No. 20048". The London Gazette. 3 December 1841. p. 3135.
  6. ^ As a result, the 8th and 9th Marquesses were raised in their father's church, but their younger siblings raised as Catholics. Lord Ralph Kerr married a Fitzalan-Howard.

External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Kerr, 7th Marquess of Lothian
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Calvert
William Augustus Montagu
Member of Parliament for Huntingdon
With: John Calvert
Succeeded by
John Calvert
James Stuart
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Surrey
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
September–November 1841
Succeeded by
The Earl of Beverley
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Marquess of Lothian
Lord-Lieutenant of Roxburghshire
Succeeded by
The Duke of Buccleuch
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
William Kerr
Marquess of Lothian
Succeeded by
William Kerr

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