Alan Ker Scotland Jamaica Antigua and Barbuda Dominica Saint Kitts and Nevis

Biography of Alan Ker

Alan Ker matriculated at the University in 1833 to study Arts. He was born on 7 December 1819, the eldest son of Robert Dow Ker, a merchant of Greenock, Renfrew.

Ker was made Barrister-at-Law of the Middle Temple in 1842. He went on to serve in various legal appointments around the then British West Indies. He was appointed Attorney General of Antigua from 1851 to 1854; Chief Justice of Nevis from 1854 to 1856; Chief Justice of Dominica from 1856 to 1861; and finally, Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of Jamaica from 1861 to 1885. He died at Kingston, Jamaica, on 20 March 1885.


Printed Materials

  • John Hutchinson, A Catalogue of Notable Middle Templars: With Brief Biographical Notices

Archival Materials

  • W Innes Addison, The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow from 1728 to 1858 (Glasgow, 1913), p.398


Alan Ker
Born 17 December 1819.
Died 29 March 1885.
GU Degree: Arts, 1833-34;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: lawyers
English snippet: Arts student at the University of Glasgow in 1833, Chief Justice in the British West Indies
Record last updated: 11th Mar 2014

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, Greenock
Place of Birth

Jamaica Jamaica, Kingston
Place of Death

Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda, Antigua

Dominica Dominica, No Region

Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis, Nevis

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student