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This blog is the result of my ongoing research into the people, places and events that have shaped the Western Isles of Scotland and, in particular, the 'Siamese-twins' of Harris and Lewis.
My interest stems from the fact that my Grandfather was a Stornowegian and, until about four years ago, that was the sum total of my knowledge, both of him and of the land of his birth.
I cannot guarantee the accuracy of everything that I have written (not least because parts are, perhaps, pioneering) but I have done my best to check for any errors.
My family mainly lived along the shore of the Sound of Harris, from An-t-Ob and Srannda to Roghadal, but one family 'moved' to Direcleit in the Baighs...

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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Fasti ecclesiae scoticanae

This publication lists all the Ministers of the
Established Church of Scotland
and the (re-formated) entry for John Kerr reads thus:

JOHN KERR born Harris, 25th Oct. 1855,
son of Roderick K. and Christina Kerr;
educated at Borve School and Univ. of Glasgow;
licen. by Presb. of Dunoon July 1892;
assistant at Greenock;
ord. to Shurrery 28th Feb. 1904;
trans, and adm. 14th Sept. 1910.
Marr. 30th April 1918, Adele, daugh. of Elie Le Couvey.

I am pleased by this for not only does it act as confirmation
of the results of my previous investigations, but it also helpfully
gives us his date of birth and the significant dates
in the progress of Ayatollah Kerr's career.

Source: National Library of Scotland:

(Note: A search for 'Ayatollah' on the blog will reveal a further dozen entries that refer to him)


  1. Feel free to delete this comment, Peter, but you need to attend to the formatting of this post. Some of it scrolls way off the screen to the right - the first line is one of the culprits.


  2. Many thanks for alerting me to that.
    Hopefully all is well now!

  3. The best online version of the Fasti is now in fact located on Ancestry.co.uk, where they were added a couple of months ago, and where they have been digitised in full colour. The versions on the Internet Archive are free, but sometimes difficult to make out, with Volume 5 (Fife, Angus and the Mearns) virtually illegible, for example. Volumes 1 and 2 also exist in transcript form at www.dwalker.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Ministers%20Index.htm (Synods of Lothian and Tweeddale, and Synods of Merse and Teviotdale, Dumfries & Galloway)

    A brilliant resource!


  4. Many thanks for highlighting that they are available on Ancestry, Chris.

    I've had a look and it appears to be the 1870 Edition on Ancestry so the 'Ayatollah' was still just a teenager on Harris when it was published but it certainly is great to be able to see a digital image of the original volume in colour.