Greetings From Australia.
My great great Grandfather,s sister was burid in one of the graves in Ervie/Kirkcolm hurchyard, as are her son John Kennedy and daughter Agnes. In an adjacent grave is her daughter Jeanie, and in yet another is John Wither one of her grandsons. They were all from Knocktimm farm. Charles Kennedy and his wife Mary McMillan ( were at Glegyre- name of a property here also) and son and daughter are memorialised in another grave with a stone. I got this information from a book of memorial inscripions from Dumfries and Galloway Family History Society. i am at a stage in my life where I have a bit of space to spend reflecting on my family. I began with memories of a visit with my parents to South Australia when I was very young and we visited Kerr's farm there. At the start of my investigations I had no idea of where Kirkcolm was or the signioficance of it to my family and background. I married a farmer with a Scotish background and have lived in rural Victoria now for 44 years. I had no idea about how much genetic background I had in Scotish agriculture. We have had a Red Angus stud for the last 12 years.
I have a letter which was written in 1845 by William Kennedy who was the husband of Jean Kennedy (nee Kerr) to my great great grandfather Stair Kerr. There is a lot of gossip in this letter relating to Kirkcolm village people. I wonder if you would like a copy of it for people to read, and maybe respond to. I have started writing the Kerr family's story and would appreciate any feedback.
I was a Sunday school teacher at the Cheltenham (a Melbourn suburb ) St Columba's Pioneers memorial church for a few years before I was married. The Kerr's were involved with Presbyterian churches in America where six of the family of fourteen went and two came to Austrlia and were involved in the nonconformist churches here.
I have been curious all my life about the name Stair in relation to our family. My brother and nephew have Stair as a middle name and it has followed through all branches of the family, although the name Kerr has died out as a surname. I have been able to find no real clues as to why this name became so important to the family.
93 Morgans Outlet Rd Narracan Victoria Australia
I have joined the church site and noticed your e-mail address which includes the name Kirminnoch. My great great great grandfather, Stair Kerr and his wife Jannet Wither were listed as the farmer and wife there in 1841 census, which was held not long before he and his wife and last two children who were at home left foe America. His granddaughters - two sisters of my great grand mother lived in a house in Adelaide, Australia, which was named "Kermenach" - although it would have been only a name to them which they had odviously heard with affection. Stair kerr seniior's son Stair Kerr also and his wife, Margaret McCredie came to Australia in 1840. I hope you don't mind me writing to you, but I have been thinking a lot about Kirkcolm and my family as I am writing up the kerr family story, and that is how I came aceoss the church web site. I am sure Kirminnoch and Kirkcolm would be quite different in 2008
Sincerely Joan McColl
I have sent Joan a couple of photos of kirminnoch farm and cottages,I am looking forward to seeing the letter she has of Kirkolm folk.
Here is the letter & other information from Joan that she spoke off. "Any Comments"