Memorable Manitobans: Francis Ferguson Kerr (c1861-1938)
Born in New Brunswick around 1861, he came to Winnipeg around 1886 as Principal of Carlton School, remaining there until he left the city in 1893 to study medicine at McGill University in Montreal. Married to teacher Margaret Inglis (c1862-?) on 17 August 1886 at Winnipeg, they had two children while living in Manitoba: Roy Russell Kerr (b 1888) and Gertrude Emily Kerr (b 1892), and had three more children later. The family moved to England where he practiced medicine in the Manchester area until his death, which occurred at Brentford, Middlesex in June 1938.
“Wedding bells,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 August 1886, page 5.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1891 Canada census, Ancestry.
“Principal Kerr resigns,” Manitoba Free Press, 14 June 1893, page 16.
Kerr House (351 Assiniboine Avenue, formerly 453 Qu’Appelle Avenue), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, November 1987.
We thank David Kerr for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 10 July 2016
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