Third Generation (Continued)
Family of Sarah Newton JARRETT (4) & David KERR I
22. Ann Mary KERR (Sarah Newton JARRETT2, Herbert Newton1). Born on 23 May 1783. Ann Mary died in 4 Regent Terrace, Edinburgh, on 27 Apr 1854; she was 70. Buried in Warriston Cemetery, Edinburgh.
On 30 Oct 1806 when Ann Mary was 23, she first married Joseph Bowen BERNARD. Joseph Bowen died on 3 Sep 1814. Residence/Property: Eden Estate, St James’s, Jamaica.
They had no children.
On 31 Jan 1816 when Ann Mary was 32, she second married Colonel Dugald CAMPBELL. Dugald died on 14 Jul 1849 in 4 Regent Terrace, Edinburgh. Buried in Warriston Cemetery, Edinburgh. Occupation: Royal Artillery.
They had no children.

“A good and kind and cheerful heart ...” I’m very fond of Ann Mary Kerr, and I’ve been lucky enough to own portraits of her and her second husband for the past few years.

Her first husband and her mother both died on the same day, 3 September 1814. When her father moved back to Scotland shortly afterwards, she followed him and met her second husband, Dugald Campbell, an artillery officer from the Balcardine branch of the Campbell clan, who had served during the Napoleonic Wars in Spain, Egypt and Italy. He had been severely wounded at the Battle of Alexandria in Egypt in 1801, where according to WJK “the conduct of the artillery ... attracted great attention, [and] the precision of their fire was strongly commended ...” He received a medal for his services in Egypt.

Dugald Campbell stayed in the army after the wars were over, and Ann Mary Kerr accompanied him “to the different stations where he was quartered”. These included Gibraltar in the late 1820s, where they became friendly with the American author, Washington Irving, who was then writing his Tales of the Alhambra and other books. In 1829, Ann Mary Kerr, who was just about to turn 46, suffered a miscarriage - she also received news of her father’s death in Scotland in January that year. Irving in Seville wrote the following note to her husband:

“Present my kindest remembrance to Mrs Campbell. It is with much concern I have heard of her domestic loss and the other circumstances which have tended to depress her spirits on her return to Gibraltar. She has, however, a happy spirit that cannot long remain cast down, for she appears to me to be one of those favoured mortals to whom God has given that greatest of blessings, a good and kind and cheerful heart.”

After Dugald Campbell retired, they settled in Edinburgh at 4 Regent Terrace, next door to what is now the US Consulate. Here, they “were well known for their hospitality and the good dinners they gave.” WJK adds: “I remember the old Colonel well. He was a fine hearty old gentleman and very kind to my sister and self. My father and mother, sister and self were staying at 4 Regent Terrace during his illness, and at the time of his death, we children were sent into the garden to play.”
23. Herbert Newton Jarrett KERR (Sarah Newton JARRETT2, Herbert Newton1). Born on 23 Sep 1785. Herbert Newton Jarrett died in 40 Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, on 26 Dec 1874; he was 89. Buried in Warriston Cemetery, Edinburgh.
On 27 May 1816 when Herbert Newton Jarrett was 30, he married Marcella RICHARDSON, daughter of Thomas Marlee RICHARDSON & Sarah SHIELDS, in Church of St Mary-le-bone, London. Born ca 1800. Marcella died in 40 Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, on 11 Jan 1868; she was 68. Buried in Warriston Cemetery, Edinburgh.
They had the following children:
David II (1817-1880)
Sarah (1817-1818)
Hon. William (1819-1898)
Thomas Richardson (1822-1908)
Frances Richardson (1824-1896)
John Lawrenson (1827-1855)
Dugald Campbell (1830-1858)

WJK: Herbert Newton Jarrett Kerr “was at an early age sent ... [to England from Jamaica], and was educated at Hyde Abbey School, Winchester, then under the management of Dr Richards, a celebrated schoolmaster of that time. He spent his holidays with his uncle, John Jarrett, either at Freemantle, near Southampton, or in Portland Place, London. He was never tired of reverting to those days and speaking of the great kindness he ever received from his mother’s family.

“He was a very handsome man and endowed with great abilities. It has been understood he studied medicine and also law, but he practised neither. He went to Jamaica for a few years, but not liking the manners and customs of the island, he returned home. He also travelled in Spain, and it was whispered that he became enamoured of a young Spanish lady, but nothing came of it.”

In the event, he married Marcella Richardson, who seems to have been partly French and was, according to WJK (Herbert Newton Jarrett Kerr’s nephew), “one of the dearest and prettiest little ladies that can be imagined”. Her family lived in Nottingham Street, Marylebone, London, and at the time Herbert Newton Jarrett Kerr was “paying her attention”, she was apparently “so young ... that when he called, she used to have her pinafore taken off before coming down to the drawing room.”

Marcella Richardson “was in her religion a Roman Catholic and it was agreed [that], should there be any issue of the marriage, the sons should be brought up in the Protestant religion and the daughters in that of the Roman Catholic, which agreement was honourably carried out.”

“After the marriage, Mr and Mrs Herbert Newton Jarrett Kerr resided at Balguy, near Dundee, Scotland, ... after that at St Ann’s Cottage near Brechin, a small property given to Herbert Newton Jarrett Kerr by his father ... They were much liked and respected in Forfarshire, and [Herbert Newton Jarrett Kerr] was instrumental in the establishment of an infants’ school at Brechin. On their youngest son Dugald Campbell [Kerr] finding employment in Edinburgh, Mr Kerr sold St Ann’s Cottage and they resided at 40 Inverleith Row, Edinburgh.”

Marcella Richardson’s death was “a great blow” to her husband. “He survived her six years and died at the good old age of 89, much respected and beloved by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance ...”

According to another source22, HNJ Kerr “had a great antipathy to slavery”. He sold the Jamaican properties of which he was sole owner and freed many of the slaves. He “bought an annuity with the proceeds of the sales”, gave his sons a good education in Scotland “ ... and then shook them warmly by the hand and wished them the best of luck!”

In the event, the five sons went very different ways. While still in their teens, David and William set out for Jamaica and did well there, particularly William. Herbert seems to have disappeared from view somewhere in India. Thomas became an indigo planter in India, then came home and married his younger brother’s French widow and went to live in Nantes. John had a promising career as a civil engineer, but sadly died young at 28. Dugald trained as an accountant, then went to France and also died young, but not before he’d become the founding father of the French Kerrs.
24. Elizabeth Jarrett KERR (Sarah Newton JARRETT2, Herbert Newton1). Born on 16 Sep 1787. Elizabeth Jarrett died in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, on 15 May 1827; she was 39.
On 9 Feb 1810 when Elizabeth Jarrett was 22, she married John BAILLIE, son of John BAILLIE of Stenton, East Lothian, Scotland and Roehampton and Minard Estates, Jamaica, in Spring Garden Estate, Jamaica. John died on 24 Jun 1832.
They had the following children:
John (1810-1880)
Grant (1812-1854)
Jessie (1813-1834)
Sarah Kerr (1814-1816)
Rosa (1815-1903)
Elizabeth (1817-1888)
Dr Herbert FRCS (Twin) (1819-1890)
William (Twin) (1819-1845)
Louisa (1821-1859)
Gordon (1823-1825)
Gordon (1827-1875)

It’s not clear from WJK what John Baillie did or where he and his wife lived during their married life. He had been married before - to Elizabeth Jarrett Kerr’s first cousin, Jessey Noble Steel, who died in 1807 after just three years of marriage.

According to WJK, Elizabeth Jarrett Kerr “was always spoken of with the greatest affection by her brothers [WJK’s father and uncle]. She was educated in France and England. She died at Yverdon [a spa in the Swiss part of the Jura mountains] ... at the birth of her youngest child, and is buried at Yverdon.” Again, it’s not clear what she - and her husband, presumably - were doing in Yverdon. Perhaps she had been in bad health and gone to the spa in the hope of recovery. (In a tragic coincidence, her first cousin Eliza Cruchley had also died there, two years earlier, at the age of 21.)

Later, at least, John Baillie lived in London, where “among his many friends [he] could mention that of the Great Duke of Wellington. He had a house in Montagu Square, where the Duke was a constant visitor. On the passing of the Reform Bill [in 1832, which Wellington opposed], the houses in London were illuminated. Mr Baillie did not illuminate his house out of respect to the Duke and in consequence had all his windows broken.

“Judge Grant, Chief Justice of Jamaica, was another of his friends, who owned the estate of Kilgraston in Perthshire, Scotland, and on his death was succeeded in the estate by his brother Francis Grant, who died in 1819. This gentleman [Francis Grant] left Mr Baillie guardian to his children, one of whom became Sir Francis Grant, President of the Royal Academy, and another son, the celebrated soldier, General Sir Hope Grant KCB.”
25. William Mitchell KERR (Sarah Newton JARRETT2, Herbert Newton1). Born on 24 Dec 1789. William Mitchell died in London on 13 May 1862; he was 72. Buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, London. Residence/Property: Spring Garden Estate, Jamaica; Terlings Park, Hertfordshire, England.
On 13 Dec 1837 when William Mitchell was 47, he married Eleanor AYNSWORTH, daughter of Richard AYNSWORTH of Clanmaghery, Strangford, Co. Down & ??? LEATHAM. Eleanor died in 1899.
They had the following children:
William James (1838-1919)
Sarah Ann (1840-1900)

William Mitchell Kerr had the family nickname of Moses. According to WJK, his son, when David and Sarah Newton Kerr visited England in the early 1790s, “it would appear ... [that the children] were sent to school in France, for the Compiler has often heard his father say that when very young he went to school with his sisters and that he could speak French better than English.”

William Mitchell Kerr’s uncle, John Jarrett, paid for his later education in England and used to have him to stay at his country house, Freemantle, or in London during the holidays. Subsequently, he benefited from the kindness of his other uncle, Herbert Newton Jarrett III. In 1806, when he was 17, Herbert Newton Jarrett “placed him at Orange Valley to learn the then very lucrative business of a West India planter ... Mr Kerr eventually had the management of all the Jarrett estates, and often spoke of one particularly good year in which the estate of Orange Valley cleared the handsome sum of £20,000.” He seems to have been devoted to his uncle. WJK tells us that he was at Orange Valley and with Herbert Newton Jarrett, when the latter died after several days of agony at 10pm on 8 December 1829 - the same year in which William Mitchell Kerr’s own father had died in Scotland in January.

He evidently prospered as “planting attorney” - someone who owned land himself and was attorney (manager) for other properties belonging to absentees. As well managing the Jarrett properties, he acted for the Langlands family of Bogardo, near Forfar, who owned Roseberry coffee estate in the parish of St Elizabeth - rather outside his patch, but presumably the Langlands were family friends from Scotland. Later, he became joint proprietor with his brother of Spring Garden Estate, which their parents had owned.

By 1836, when he was 46, William Mitchell Kerr was able to retire to Britain, living first in Scotland, where the next year he married Eleanor Aynsworth - of Irish extraction on her father’s side and distantly related to the Earls of Kildare. They would have met through her brother, who had married William Mitchell Kerr’s cousin on the Kerr side, Jane Simson Lawrenson. In 1845, they were living in the appropriately named Kerfield House in Peebles. The family later moved south to England, where they lived at Terlings Park in Hertfordshire.
26. John Jarrett KERR (Sarah Newton JARRETT2, Herbert Newton1). Born on 21 Jun 1799 in Spring House, Freemantle, Southampton. John Jarrett died in Jamaica on 14 Nov 1800; he was 1. Buried in Spring Garden Estate, Jamaica.
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