|Arms & Tartans|
Arms Of Lord Lothian Titular Chief Of The Kerr Family
The Arms are granted by The Lord Lyon and are a personal posession for life, and are handed down to the eldest son. The arms may not be displayed by any but the holder, even family members are prohibited, but may display modified versions that are permitted by the Lord Lyon. So there is no such a thing as a Kerr Family Coat of Arms. We may however use the Chief's badge, encircled by a belt as a figurative sign of alegiance to the chief.
The Kerr Badge
The Kerr Crest or cap badge is worn to show loyalty to the Chief. It depicts the crest of the Chief inside a strap or belt engraved with the Chiefs moto, " Sero Sed Serio". This translates to "Late But In Ernest" and refers to the Scottish victory over the English at the Battle of Ancrum Moor in which the Kerr,s played a decisive part. The Sun in Splendor reflects the early religion of the northerly Britons who were worshipers of the sun. The Crest without the encircling strap, is like the Arms of the Chief, and may only be worn or or displayed by the Chief. Only the Chief may wear feathers with the badge, since feathers in a bonnet denote a chief.
The Kerr Tartan is of recent origin, being adopted during the great tartan revival of the 1820's and may be worn by any descendant of the family Kerr. Earlier the Clans and family's used Plant Leaves for Badges. The Kerr,s adopted sprigs of Moss Myrtle as theirs. A very poor means of identification. The sprigs were fastened on spear shafts, staffs, bonnet or helmet. It was also believed to be a charm or talisman.
The Kerr Ancient or Weathered Tartan is a tartan that is woven attempting to duplicate a tartan using faded ancient vegetable dyes.
|The Hunting Tartan|
The Kerr hunting Tartan is a later comercial venture and doesn't appear in all listings.