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Tartan Illustrated: Kerr Modern
Motto: 'Late But In Earnest'
The origins of the name Kerr are disputed as being either:
The great Clan Kerr/Carr is well remembered in Scotland as one of the most loyal but warlike clans of the turbulent Border territories. They arrived in Britain after William I's conquest of England in 1066. The clan descends from two brothers, Ralph and John Ker, who settled in Jedburgh around 1330.
The clan soon grew and prospered, building themselves a position of influence through their sheer strength and tenacity. They controlled two castles on the border with England, and were quick to fend off any intrusion by the Southerners, but were not indisposed to a quick venture across the divide whenever they fancied some prime English beef for their tables.
Rival Scottish border clans included Clan Heron and Clan Scott.