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CodeNA9907
Dates1357-1781
Person NameKer family; family
Epithetfamily
ActivityThe village of Ledgerwood lies in Berwickshire, 4 miles from Earlston. There was a peel tower at Moriston (or Morriston) which was demolished at the end of the 18th century. The population in 1801 was 495 and in 1891, 475.The Ker family, holders of the estate of Morriston, can be traced back to John Ker of Auldtounburn (1357). It is thought that they came to Britain as part of the retinue of de Bruys, who came over with William the Conqueror, in 1066, and that some of the family then moved to the Borders in about 1190, and settled in Teviotdale. Andrew, 1st of Morriston, fl 1666. The estate was than passed to Mark (d 1675); John (d 1692); Andrew (d 1733); and James Ker of Morriston and Kersfield (d 1794), whose son George (d 1809) died without issue and the estate was passed down through his daughter Grace Ker, who married, in 1781, a Henry Seymer of Hanford, DCL (1745-1800), and their son, Henry Seymer Ker JP DL DCL MP (b 1782), took the additional name and arms of Ker in 1830. His son, Henry Ker Seymer of Handford, JP DL DCL MP (1807-1864), passed the estate to his daughter, Gertrude Clay-Ker-Seymer of Morriston (b 1842) married, in 1864, Harry Ernest Clay-Ker-Seymer (1832-1899), son of James Clay (b 1832), who assumed the additional names and arms in 1864.
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