David Kerr

1739 - 27th Jan 1829


Son of William Kerr, provost of Forfar, and his wife Elizabeth Ballingall. From Forar, Scotland. Arrived in Jamaica in 1768. Kerr was 43 years old, a physician, when he married the 20 year old Sarah Newton Jarrett, daughter of Herbert Newton Jarrett II. Through this marriage he acquired Spring Garden estate in St James. He bought land at Dry Ridge from his brother-in-law John Jarrett II. In England 1792-3 and 1798-1800 (when they rented Spring House, near Freemantle Park in Hampshire). Major-General in the Jamaican militia. Returned to Scotland after the death of his wife in 1814. Bought land near Brechin and rented Dubton House near Montrose.

Died 27/01/1829 age 90. A deed of settlement dated 30/10/1828 stated that he had already settled his real estate property. Inventory valued his personal estate at £846 13s 6d.


http://www.orange-tree-valley.co.uk/hnj/rr01/rr01_003.htm [accessed 22/09/2015].

SC47/40/5 Forfar Sheriff Court.

Further Information

Sarah Newton Jarrett
Ann Mary (1783-1854), Herbert Newton Jarrett (1785-1874), Elizabeth Jarrett (1787-1827), William Mitchell (1789-1862), John Jarrett (1799-1800)
Wealth at death
£846 13S 6D

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1798 [EA] - 1828 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (5)

Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Father → Son
Father → Son

Addresses (2)

Dubton House, Montrose, Aberdeenshire, North-east Scotland, Scotland
Spring House, (near Freemantle House), Hampshire, Wessex, England