Russ - Below is a Family Tree for the Kers of Kersland. Generation XI refers to the Robert Ker you are interested in. Jennifer
Kers of Kersland
I. William de Ker is mentioned at Irvine in 1205. It is said that the name Ker appeared in Ayrshire 500 years prior to this date.
II. William Ker, Suceeded in 1292. He died in 1305.
III. Finlaio de Ker, succeeded in 1362
IV. Willielmi Ker, succeeded in 1421
V. Robert Ker, slain at Flodden in 1513. He had 2 sons: John and Robert. John Ker sucedded his father at Kersland. Robert Kerr, the second son, took over Auchengree and his decendants became known as the Kers of Auchengree.
VI. John Ker of Kersland succeeded his father. John Ker married Lady Agnes Montgomerie in 1530. Lady Agnes Montgomerie was the daughter of Hugh Montgomerie, the first Earl of Eglington, and Helen Campbell of Argyle. Both John and Agnes were born after 1478. Agnes died October 26, 1596.
VII. Robert Ker of Kersland, succeeded his father. Robert married Agnes Montgomerie, daughter of Hew of Hessilheid, in 1556. They had 3 daughters: Janet, Margaret and Jean. Janet married Captain Thomas Crawfurd, Margaret married Patrick Maxwell of Dargavel and Jean married Gavin Ralston of Ralston.
VIII. Janet Kerr married Captain Thomas Crawfurd of Jordanhill. He was celebrated at Dumbarton. They had a son: Daniel Crawfurd.
IX. Daniel Crawfurd Ker succeeded his parents, and assumed the name and arms of Kerland. Daniel Ker was born about 1539. He married Annabella Campbell, daughter of Sir Matthew Campbell of Loudon, Sheriff of Ayr, and Isobel Drummond, in about 1568 at Loudon, Ayrshire. Annabella was born about 1543 at Loudon Castle, Ayrshire. They had seven children: Hew, John, Isobel, Margaret, Janet, Anna, and Susanna. Isobel married Robert Ker of Triorne. Daniel appointed Robert Ker as Executor for his son Hew. Anna married George Campbell of Cessnock. Susanna married Colonel Campbell of Ellengreig. John Kerr became Laird of Brackenhill or Bankhill. Daniel Ker died in 1613.
X. Hew Crawford Ker was born about 1583, and succeeded his father in 1625. Hew married Jean Blair, daughter of Blair that of Ilk in 1640. They had three children: Robert, Margaret and Annabella. Margaret married William Scott of Cambeith. Annabella married William Dunlop of Bloak.
XI. Robert Kerr married Barbara Montgomerie, daughter of Robert Montgomerie of Hessilhead. They had six children: Robert, Daniel, Jean, Margaret, Anna and Elizabeth. Robert, the first son, had no issue. Daniel succeeded his father. Margaret married Rev. Thomas Linning of Lesmahagow. Jean married Major William Borthwick. Elizabeth married Alexander Porterfield, a surgeon in Glasgow. Anna married John Crawfurd of Fergushill. Robert died in Holland in 1680. He was a leader of the Convenanters.
XII. Daniel Ker was a Major in the Earl of Angus’ (Cameronian) regiment, and was killed at the Battle of Steinkirk in 1692. He was unmarried.
XIII. Jean Borthwick succeeded her brother. Jean Kerr married Major William Borthwick of Johnstonburn, and inherited Kersland. In 1697, they sold the estate to her sister Anna, wife of John Crawfurd of Fergushill.
XIV. John Crawfurd was born August 8, 1673 at Crawfurdland, Ayrshire. He married Anna Kerr of Kersland about 1703 at Kersland. He assumed the name and title John Ker of Kersland. He died July 8, 1726 in Debtor’s Prison, London. John Ker was survived by three daughters of whom, Anna and Jean died unmarried. His daughter Elizabeth married John Campbell of Ellengreig.
XV. Elizabeth and John Campbell had no children. Elizabeth was the last Lady Kersland. She died impoverished.
XVI. Anna and Jean, sisters to Elizabeth, sold the barony and property to William Scot of Bavelaw in 1736. They were forced to sell to pay off creditors.
William Scot succeeded the estate to his son Lawrence Scot. Charles Scot inherited it from his father Lawrence. Charles Scot borrowed so much money that he was forced to sell Kerland. John Smith of Swindrigemuir purchased Kersland in 1801.
The Main Line is Extinct