Mark Kerr, 1st Earl of Lothian

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Mark Kerr (or Ker), 1st Earl of Lothian (1553 – 8 April 1609) was a Scottish nobleman and politician.

He was the son of Mark Kerr, abbot of Newbattle, Midlothian, and Helen Leslie, sister of the Earl of Rothes. Mark was Vicar of Linton in 1567. He was appointed Master of Requests in 1577 made a baron and Privy Counsellor in 1587, and created a Lord of Parliament as Lord Newbattle in 1591. An English list of the Scottish nobility states his residences were 'Morphele' and Prestongrange. His wife was a sister of Lord Herries.[1]

He acted as interim Lord Chancellor of Scotland in 1604. He was created Earl of Lothian in 1606. He resigned the office of Master of Requests in 1606.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rogers, Charles, Estimate of the Scottish Nobility, Grampian Club (1873), 71, (1 July 1592) also printed by PF Tytler, CSP Scotland etc.
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
New creation
Earl of Lothian
1606–1609
Succeeded by
Robert Kerr