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Kear Coat of Arms / Kear Family Crest

Kear Coat of Arms / Kear Family Crest

This name was local from KEAR in Stirlingshire, and Patrick Ker was one of the jurors on the marshes of Westere Fedale in 1242. Alexander had a gift of money from the king, and Andrew del Ker of Stirlingshire were both recorded in 1296. William Ker was a burgess of Stirling in 1366. John Kere was the burgess of Strivelyne and Mariota, his wife had a charter of land in Aberdeen in 1366. Robert Kar was a monk of Inchaffray. The first people in Scotland to acquire fixed surnames were the nobles and great landowners, who called themselves, or were called by others, after the lands they possessed. Surnames originating in this way are known as territorial. Formerly lords of baronies and regalities and farmers were inclined to magnify their importance and to sign letters and documents with the names of their baronies and farms instead of their Christian names and surnames. The abuse of this style of speech and writing was carried so far that an Act was passed in the Scots parliament in 1672 forbidding the practice and declaring that it was allowed only to noblemen and bishops to subscribe by their titles. Later instances of the name mention Thomas Kar who was the deacon of craft in Stirling in 1555, and Thomas Kere rendered to the Exchequer the accounts of the burgh of Forfar in 1558. Donald McDonche, Alexander Keire and McNeill Keire were all witnesses to a sale of lands in Ayrshire in 1553 During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write, signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coats of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at the Carse, County Stirling.

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