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The 1st Marquess of Lothian.

Robert Kerr (8 March 1636 - 15 February 1703), 4th Earl and 1st Marquess of Lothian, was a Scottish nobleman.

The eldest son of William Kerr, 3rd Earl of Lothian, he was born at New Battle, Midlothian. He left Scotland and was educated in Paris. Eventually, he would succeed his uncle Charles as Earl of Ancram. Kerr was a volunteer in the Dutch War of 1673. He succeeded his father to the earldom in 1675.

A supporter of the Glorious Revolution, he was appointed a Privy Counsellor to William III and was appointed Lord Justice General of Scotland in 1689, holding the office until his death. He was Lord High Commissioner to the Parliament of Scotland in 1692.

He united the Earldom of Ancram to his other titles in 1690, and was created Marquess in 1701. He married Jean Campbell (d. 1700) and they had 6 children.[1]

He is buried in the family vault of Newbattle Church, Scotland.


Legal offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Linlithgow
Lord Justice General
1689 – 1703
Succeeded by
The Viscount Tarbat
Peerage of Scotland
New title
New creation
Marquess of Lothian
1701 – 1703
Succeeded by
William Kerr
Preceded by
Anne Kerr
Earl of Lothian (1606 creation)
1667 – 1703
Preceded by
William Kerr
Earl of Lothian (1631 creation)
1675 – 1703
Preceded by
Charles Kerr
Earl of Ancram
1690 – 1703


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