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Margaret Buchanan was born c1856 in Adelaide, South Australia, the daughter of John Buchanan and Jessie Hamilton. They returned to Scotland and in 1882 Margaret married William Kerr in Stonehaven and went to live in Blackford, Perthshire, and subsequently to Brabster, Reay, Caithness.
In 1896 they moved to Marvig, South Lochs, Lewis, where William was headmaster at Planasker School.
They had at least seven children:
Jessie Hamilton Kerr, b 21 February 1884 in Blackford (pupil teacher)
Isobel "Zoe" Ritchie Kerr, b 17 December 1885 in Blackford
Barbara Buchanan Kerr, b 6 July 1888 in Blackford
John Kerr, b 15 April 1890 in Blackford
Albert "Bertie" William Kerr, b 29 September 1893 in Reay
Kate Alexa Kerr, b 12 October 1895 in Reay
James Alistair Kerr, b 29 September 1900 in Marvig