DAVID KER, of Middleton, Scotland, born in 1530, was father of,
DAVID KER, of Greenock and Middleton, who married, in 1645, Selina Montfoad, and had issue, a son,
DAVID KER, who, about the middle of the 17th century, settled at Ballymena, County Antrim.
His direct lineal descendant,
DAVID KER, of Portavo, County Down, purchased Montalto about 1800 from the Earl of Moira.
By Maddelena, his wife, daughter of Francesco Guardi, of Venice, he left a son and heir,
DAVID GUARDI KER JP DL (c1778-1844), of Portavo and Montalto, County Down, who represented Athlone, and afterwards Downpatrick, in Parliament, and purchased the De Clifford property in 1844.
He married, in 1814, the Lady Selina Sarah Stewart, daughter of Robert, 1st Marquess of Londonderry, and had issue,
DAVID STEWART, his heir;The eldest son,
Richard John Charles Rivers, JP, DL, MP for Downpatrick;
Catherine Anne Frances; Madelina Selina.
DAVID STEWART KER JP DL (1816-78), of Montalto, County Down, MP for that county, High Sheriff of County Down, 1852, and Antrim, 1857, wedded, in 1842, the Hon Anna Dorothea Blackwood, daughter of Hans, 3rd Baron Dufferin, and by her had, with other issue,
ALFRED DAVID, his heir;He espoused secondly, in 1869, Caroline Hellena, eldest daughter of Parsons Persse, of Castle Turven, County Galway.
RICHARD WILLIAM BLACKWOOD, succeeded his brother;
Hamilton Chichester (Rev);
Selina Frances Imogene; Helen; Violet.
Mr Ker was succeeded by his eldest son,
ALFRED DAVID KER JP (1843-77), of Montalto and Portavo. High Sheriff, 1877, who married, in 1871, the Hon Eva Frances Caroline, elder daughter of Thomas, 1st Baron Deramore, by his wife, the Hon Caroline Elizabeth Anne, second daughter and co-heir of George, 4th Baron Dynevor and had issue,
Sybil Anna;Mr Ker died without male issue, and was succeeded by his brother,
Eva Winifred Selina;
Kathleen Elianore Mary;
Eva Cecil Violet.
RICHARD WILLIAM BLACKWOOD KER JP DL (1850-1942), of Montalto and Portavo, who wedded, in 1876, Edith Louisa, daughter of William George Rose, of Wolston Heath, Warwickshire, and had issue,
MAJOR DAVID ALFRED WILLIAM KER OBE (1878-1954), of Portavo, who wedded Anna, eldest daughter of John Pollock, DL, of Mountainstown, County Meath, and had issue,
DAVID JOHN RICHARD;The son and heir,
CAPTAIN DAVID JOHN RICHARD KER, Coldstream Guards, wedded, in 1948, Virginia Mary Eloise, daughter of the Hon James Knyvett Estcourt Howard, and had issue,
DAVID PETER JAMES, b 1951;
Caroline Moira; Camilla Rosanna Glan.
The Ker Papers contain a detailed account of the family:-
David Ker, a merchant of Ballymena, Co. Antrim, who had taken a lease of the first fall on Sir Robert Adair's mill-race at Ballymena, c.1710.He married Jean Boyd of Clontfinnan near Clough, Co. Antrim, and had a family of eleven children, of whom three were prominent merchants: William in Ballymena, Hugh in Dublin, and David in London. David Ker settled in London and traded at Cateaton Street, first as Ker & Elmes, then after 1755 as Ker, Elmes & Priest, and later after 1758 as David Ker & Co.
In 1765 he purchased the Portavo estate near Groomsport, in the Ards. He died in 1770 and was succeeded by his son, David, during whose lifetime the firm traded as Ker, Pope & Dyson and later as Ker, Brookland & Priest. In 1785 he purchased the Clough and Magheraknock estates in Co. Down from Arthur Annesley and in 1800 that of Montalto at Ballynahinch, Co. Down, from the 2nd Earl of Moira.
His brother, Richard Gervais Ker, High Sheriff of Co. Antrim in 1791, bought the Red Hall estate at Ballycarry, Co. Antrim, in 1780 from Sir Archibald Edmonstone Bt. David Ker died in 1811, and was succeeded by his son David, who married, in 1814, the daughter 1st Marquess of Londonderry and in 1834 bought the Southwell estate at Downpatrick, Co. Down, from the representatives of Lord de Clifford.First published in March, 2012.