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James Kerr and family fonds [textual record, graphic material]. 



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

20 cm of textual records.
4 photographs b&w.
1 painting oil on canvas.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of correspondence relating to family, legal, political and business concerns of the Kerr and other allied families. This material also consists of estate records and genealogical notes, which includes deeds of sale for land belonging to James Hastings Kerr, a draft will of James Kerr, and a transcript of a diary kept in the summer of 1822 by Angelique Stewart; scrapbook of newspaper clippings, 1857-1888; entrybook of legal opinions and judgements compiled by William Hastings Kerr, 1868-1885; and, the diary of William Hastings Kerr, 1880-1886. Fonds also consists of photographic material by Wm. Notman & Son and Notman & Sandham consists of portraits of W.H. Kerr, lawyer and educator, and family. Also included in this fonds is one half-length portrait of Hon. James Kerr by an unknown artist.

Graphic (art)
90: Open
Textual records
90: Open
90: Open
Textual records
90: Open
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
90: Open
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Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Photographs: No restrictions on use or reproduction. Copyright expired.
Oil painting: No restrictions on use or reproduction. Copyright expired. Credit: National Archives of Canada.

Textual records The finding aid is a descriptive list. MSS1246 90 (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

James Kerr, (1765-1846), judge, a native of Leith, Scotland, was called to the English Bar in 1785.

In 1793, James Kerr immigrated to Canada where he practised law at Quebec until 1797 when he was appointed a judge of the Vice-Admiralty Court of Quebec. He was a member of the Executive Council of Lower Canada 1812-1831; and President of the Legislative Council 1827-1831. In 1834 he was removed from the bench by Lord Aylmer as a result of charges made against him in the House of Assembly.

James Kerr's son, James Hastings Kerr (1793-1845) was a land agent at Quebec. His son, William Hastings Kerr (1826-1888) was a lawyer and professor of international law, 1871-1888 and Dean of the faculty of law, 1881-1888, at McGill University, Montreal.

Additional information

Received in 1980 and 1981 from James Kerr of Ottawa, Ont.

Subject heading

1. Kerr family, 1800-1914 Angelique Stewart, 1822.
2. Quebec (Province) - Genealogy, 1800-1914 William Hastings Kerr, 1868-1886.
3. Business records, Quebec (Province), 1800-1914.
4. Judges - Quebec (Province), 1800-1914.
5. Legal instruments - Quebec (Province), 1800-1914.
6. Inheritance and succession - Quebec (Province), 1800-1914.
7. Judges - Notebooks, 1868-1885.
8. William Hastings Kerr - Diaries, 1880-1886.
9. Angelique Stuart - Diaries, 1882.


Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 1980-229 NPC
2. 1981-007 PIC