• The upgrade has been completed members please login on the left sidebar below.
  • New membership is now by request due to the high number of spam member applications.

About the author

Bruce Laird

A retired Aviation professional

Related Articles


  1. 1

    Belinda Green

    I have had a wonderful morning, coming across this information unexpectedly, about Kerr's and Doak's.  

    Margaret Kerr and Anthony Doak had a daughter – Mary Jane – who married James Beattie and they were my great grandparents.  Mary Jane and James only had one son – Ernest Herbert Beattie and he was my grandfather; their son – Herschel – was my father.

    Will now make a cup of tea and sit down and read it all again.


    Thank you – Belinda Green


  2. 2

    Denis Laird

    My grandfather,William Laird came from Belfast and married Kathleen who was on the same boat as him.    They lived in Mitchelton, Brisbane and had many sons and one daughter, Alice.   The boys were Thomas, Edward,Andrew(my father) William, Carson, Robert.   I can remember another relative named Billy Kerr.      Can anyone shed some light on this side of the Lairds please.

  3. 3

    james kerr

    bill kerr was my father his mother annie laird/kerr lived in the next st house is still there i live on family home with my brother kevin

  4. 4

    Stuart Laird

    Greetings from Calgary Canada,

    I am wondering if you have any information about the Laird history prior to the arrival in Northern Ireland. My family originally came from Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, Scotland



  5. 5

    Trisha Kelly

    I am greatly interested in your comment that Andrew Kerr  (shoemaker) and Margaret Campbell originated from Ayr, Scotland.  My 3rd great grandparents Francis Crow/e and Isobel Kerr had 2 sons (George in 1811 and Christopher in 1814) while living in Ayr, Scotland, however family lore suggests Francis came from Ireland.  A recent Y-67 DNA test resulted in 3 close matches all stating that their furthest male ancestor William Crow/e originated from Ireland, so this lore appears to have some credability. Francis was a tanner (according to the CofS baptismal records), and in fact was a shoemaker in later life.  Isobel died about 1820.  Francis remarried and they, with his son Christopher, immigrated to Cape Breton in Canada. I have been trying unsuccessfully to find the Kerr roots and have not been able to locate a record of marriage for Francis and Isobel in the Scotch records.  Francis was born in 1778 and I presume Isobel was his contemporary.  Judy, do you have any further information on your Ayr, Scotland Kerrs that may suggest a connection?  Thank you.

  6. 6

    Mark McGinness

    I am writing an article on Nola Dekyvere, the only daughter of the champion cyclist, Walter Laird Kerr. Judy Green’s most intersting piece says that he was the first person to cycle over the Blue Mountains. I am trying to find confirmation of this record.

  7. 7


    Thank you for this fascinating article. Eliza Mary Laird and Andrew Kerr, were my three x great grandparents on my father’s side of the family. I was wondering if you may have any further information about their families before them? That is, Andrew and Eliza’s parents, grandparents and so on? I have hit a bit of a wall in researching them, particularly Andrew, and am at a point where I could go off in a few different directions, perhaps falsely. I would appreciate any information.
    Kind regards,



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Copyright © 2008-2024 Web Development by Laguna Media – All Rights Reserved