NAME AND TARTAN There are several Kerr badges. The one most commonly seen shows the crest of the Chief of the Name Kerr (the Marquis of Lothian) inside a strap engraved with the Chief's Motto "SERO SED SERIO" which translates as 'Late but in Earnest' and refers to the Scottish victory over the English at the Battle of Ancrum Moor (1545) at which the Kerrs played a decisive part.     Chief of Name Clan is a Gaelic word meaning 'children' and has been widely interpreted as 'family' referring to the peculiar form of tribal community around a Chief and his tacksmen in the Scottish Highlands. A clan was bound together by a combination of blood ties, feudal service commitments and fighting unit cohesion. The clan system did not exist outside the Highlands. In the Scottish Borders, the equivalent to the clan was the 'Family' or 'Name'. Chiefs of Names are today recognised as equivalent to Chiefs of Clans by modern Scottish heraldry authorities, such as the Lyon King at Arms. Chief's Crest The chief's crest - the sun in splendour - is thought to refer to a possible Scandinavian origin of the Kerrs since early Vikings were sun-worshippers (?). Plant Badge Before formal badges, the clans and families wore plant leaves or other natural materiel as a means of recognition, fixed on staff, spear, bonnet, shield or helmet. The Kerrs adopted sprigs of moss myrtle as their plant badge, albeit a poor means of identification. The plant may have been chosen from the Norse word "kjarr" - brushwood or as a natural badge for the 'moss-troopers' of the Scottish Borders. Tartan The Kerr tartan, probably of relatively modern origin since nearly all current tartans were created or revived in Victorian times when Scots ancestry became once more acceptable in British society and Queen Victoria and her Consort Albert were attracted to Scotland. The plaid consists of blocks of red and green with three black lines crossing the red squares. The Kerrs as borderers and horsemen were unlikely to have worn the kilt, but would certainly have carried the plaid