Rowan Rait Kerr

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Rowan Rait Kerr

Colonel Rowan Scrope Rait Kerr MC (13 April 1891 – 7 April 1961) was an Irish-born cricketer and administrator.

Rait Kerr was born in Bray, Ireland and led a distinguished army career. He graduated from Sandhurst in 1910 and joined the Royal Engineers. By 1916 he had been promoted to temporary captain, by 1917 he was acting major and had been awarded the Military Cross.

As a cricketer, he played in six first-class matches. Five of these were for the Europeans in India between 1913–14 and 1920–21, while the other came after a decade's absence from first-class cricket when he appeared for the Army against Oxford University in 1931.

He succeeded William Findlay as Secretary of the Marylebone Cricket Club in 1936 and he retired in 1952. His daughter Diana Rait Kerr became the first Curator of the MCC and she later became one of the first elected lady members of the club in 1999.

Colonel Rait Kerr died at Constantine Bay in Cornwall, aged 69.

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