Sunday, March 26, 2006

Shipmaster from Ballantrae

Another trawl through the 1851 Scotland census has been successful, as I identified the Kerr family living in Stoneykirk on the west coast of Scotland. David is a shipmaster from Ballantrae a little to the north, with two young daughters born here in their mother's hometown. They have a 14yr old servant, Susan H----, living with them.

Son Alexander (my ancestor) will be born in Williamstown Victoria three years' hence.

Noting that only one David Kerr seems to have been born in Ballantrae in the expected time-period, it seems that his mother's surname Wither(s) is the same as his wife's. Noting further that they got married in Liverpool before returning to the area, I'm wondering if he eloped with a cousin!

Robert Louis Stevenson's The Master of Ballantrae, filmed with Errol Flynn, was written in 1889, but set over a century earlier.

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