Elizabeth Kerr

Elizabeth Kerr

Have you ever wondered who the memorial is for in Armadale town centre? Funds were raised by the people of Armadale for this very popular and brave woman, and a grant was applied for from the Carnegie Trust. She was killed 26th November 1919.

Elizabeth Kerr was a midwife who lived in Dunolly Cottage, (which we believe still survives under a different name, in North Street beside Morton Timber).
In 2014, Nan Brady interviewed her grand-daughter, Marion…
“Hi Mary, spoke to Marion to-day and I jotted down a few notes for you.
Elizabeth Kerr was known as Liza (her maiden name was Gillon). She died in 1919 and her husband a year later. Dunollie was sold for £700 and each of her 7 children got £100 each which I think would be a lot of money at that time. Her family were Maggie, Alexander and Jessie who lived in Armadale all of their lives and David, James, John and Elizabeth (Bessie) who all emigrated to America.

Elizabeth Kerr Memorial

Elizabeth Kerr Memorial

On the day of the accident, Mrs Kerr was chatting to her sister in a shop on the Main Street near to where the memorial is now, when she noticed a little girl on the road and a car approaching. She ran from the shop and pushed the girl away from the car but unfortunately was killed herself. She died in Hospital shortly after she was admitted. The girl was May EASTON (now Forbes) who emigrated to South Africa. On a visit back to Armadale many years ago, May was at the shops with her sister on the Main Street, where my friend Marion was also shopping. May’s sister introduced her to Marion.

She held Marion’s hand and said she was so pleased to meet the Granddaughter of the woman who saved her life. Marion McAdam (maiden name Kerr) is the daughter of Alexander Kerr (son of Liza) and is the only living grandchild of Elizabeth Kerr. She showed me a photo of Liza and some of her family but it is a large group and probably not clear enough for what you might like but she has another photo but can’t find it right now. She will eventually! Probably in a safe place ! I also am looking for photo’s which are in safe places!! Sign of getting old . I’ve rambled on a bit Mary but it was an interesting afternoon and I took Lucas down from school to see the memorial and told him the story of a very brave lady.
See u soon. Nan”map 1916 with Dunolly Cottage