Details of JOHN KERR

Born: 1782

Died: 1811

Source: Chaplains in the HEIC 1805 to 1835 (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)

Biography: JOHN KERR Son of Hugh Kerr, merchant, of the county of Longford in Ireland. Born 1782. Matriculated at Trinity College, Dublin, in 1796, but did not graduate. Accompanied his cousin, the Rev. R. H. Kerr, to India in 1803, and assisted him as schoolmaster and superintendent of the Male Asylum Press until 1806. He then returned to Ireland and was ordained Deacon and Priest in October of that year. Being approved by the Archbishop of Canterbury he was appointed Chaplain by the Directors and arrived at Madras in August 1807. He was appointed at once to the charge of the Black Town Church, and superintendent of the Male Asylum Press. In the following October his health broke down and he had to go on sick leave to the Cape of Good Hope. There he remained for nearly two years. At the end of 1809 he was back in Madras. He struggled on with his work during 1810, but at the beginning of the following year he had to take sick leave to Bangalore. There he died on April 2, 1811. There is a monument over his grave in the old cemetery. He was unmarried. In his will he mentioned his sister, Jane Ellis Kerr of Madras, and Mrs. Lewis Kerr of Dublin, presumably the mother of the Rev. R. H. Kerr and his aunt.