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In the Study the more recent generations of the family are introduced. Opposite the fireplace are portraits of Lord Walter Kerr, as Admiral of the Fleet, and Lady Amabel Kerr. Lady Amabel is seen holding a manuscript of the Fioretti of St. Francis of Assisi which she wrote out and illuminated herself. She was a follower of Cardinal Newman, and the Roman Catholic church in Melbourne was built in her memory by Lord Walter in 1907. On Lady Amabel’s death, Melbourne Hall and its Estate passed to the Kerr family through her husband and thence in 1927 to their son Captain Andrew Kerr whose wife, the late Mrs. Andrew Kerr, lived at the Hall for over fifty years after his death. Their son, Peter Kerr, who became the 12th Marquis of Lothian, was brought up at Melbourne and he and his wife Antonella spent the early part of their married life there before moving to the Lothian family home in Scotland. The present owner is their younger son Lord Ralph Kerr who lives at Melbourne with his wife Marie-Claire and their children. A portrait of Lord Ralph painted by his wife, who is a renowned artist (link to: http://marieclairekerr.com ), hangs in the Study. Opposite the window there is a portrait off the Marchioness of Lothian by Simon Elwes.


A William and Mary walnut secretaire, a George III mahogany concertina action card table, an early 19th century plaster gilt over mantel mirror with triple plates, a mid-18th century south German console tale with a simulated marble top and a George II carved and gilt mirror are among the furniture items to be found in the Study.



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