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Date Posted: 19:28:50 01/24/09 Sat

Ashley - We have also yet to determine which Kerr branch we are descended from, I am hoping that we will eventually find the answer to that question. A bit of genealogical research along your family tree may provide a few pointers for you, if you can go back far enough.

There is also the added complication that not all those who bear the Kerr surname are blood kin, as members of a Lords household tended to adopt the Lords surname. This was also true, to a degree, of Highland clans.

During the time of the Border Reivers, a surname was ones most precious possession and protection. To be stripped of ones surname and declared an 'outlaw' was almost a death sentence in itself. It meant that anybody would be free to kill you with no fear of arrest or reprisal, as one was literally 'outside the law'.

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