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Kerr
Arms: Argent on a chevron Azure three mullets Or, on a canton Ermine a man’s heart Proper pierced by three passion nails of the Third.

A slightly unusual grant to a widow lady by Lord Lyon James Balfour Paul in 1892 some years before he was made a Knight Batchelor in 1900.

Mrs. Margaret Kerr widow of William Kerr, lately of Melbourne, Victoria. He was the son of Robert Kerr from Forres and his wife Jane Watson.

The arms were granted to her with destination to her husband's descendants.

The text of the Letters Patent (LsP) indicated that the arms were granted to her on a lozenge and to the descendants of her late husband on a shield together with the crest. So strictly speaking the crest depicted in the LsP, but not here in this entry, was not granted to her

SOURCES, NOTES and CREDITS: An image of the Letters Patent to Mrs. Margaret Kerr, “Ordinary off Scottish Arms” Sir James Balfour Paul, Second Edition, pp. 63-64, 1903. And to Elizabeth Roads, Snawdoun Herald, for much information concerning this grant of arms for which we thank her.

The artwork is a rendition by John Hamilton Gaylor

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