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Date Posted: 13:29:03 09/11/09 Fri
My hat's off to James of Glenncarr for his most accurate info on the border people and the Kerrs in general. Most wont admit their heritage and try very hard to align with the Hielanders. My family, according to the DNA testing, descended from Walter Ker of Roxburgh. He married a young Miss Douglas from Drumlanrig around 1450. His descendant, another Walter, was exiled to the colonies in 1685 but not after having his left eye put out and his left ear cut off for refusing to convert to the Queen's religion. After being convinced he was a lost cause, they allowed him to take 200 of his fellow borderers with him. 70 died at sea due to a virus of some sort.
I am the USA Representative of The Borderers, a living history group in Dumfries, Scotland. There is a link to the web site here on this page under links. My goal is to tell my fellow "Scotch Irish" countrymen that all Scots didn't wear tartan or kilts, did not refer to themselves as clans, and were not as "glamorous" as the Hielanders have been made out to be. I've met with much resistance but I'll stay the course. I'm getting many more requests for info and many are wanting to join my cause. The reivers are making a comeback in a big way!!