|Countess of Ancram|
|Noble family||Stanley (by birth)|
Kerr (by marriage)
Sir Henry Portman
(m. 1615; died 1621)
|Father||William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby|
|Mother||Elizabeth de Vere|
Anne Stanley, Countess of Ancram (died 1657) was an English aristocrat.
Anne Stanley was a daughter of William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby, and Elizabeth de Vere, Countess of Derby and Lord of Mann. (Anne's mother was the first woman to hold the post.) On 20 July 1615, she married Sir Henry Portman (1596–1621) of Orchard Portman, Somerset, a Member of Parliament and Keeper of Roche Forest.  The couple had no children. In November 1621, Prince Charles wrote to Anne's mother, proposing Sir Robert Kerr as a second husband for Anne, arguing that his position in court made up for his lack of wealth. Anne married Kerr; he became the Earl of Ancram in 1633.
Kerr lived in exile in Amsterdam during the Civil War. His royal pension was stopped by the Commonwealth. Lady Ancram petitioned Parliament for funds in both September 1653 and again in 1654, seeking support for her six surviving children. She received £5 weekly. According to the Bank of England's inflation calculator, £5 in 1633 would be the equivalent of £1,158.33 in 2020 ($1,600.41 USD) for a total annual grant of £55,599.84 ($76,819.68 USD). Robert Kerr died in Amsterdam in 1654.
- Vere Kerr (c. 1622-1708) - Married Henry Wilkinson. The Folger Shakespeare Library has a manuscript recipe book (V.a.612) connected with the family and according to the title, compiled in part by Anne's eldest daughter.
- Charles Kerr (1624-1690), became the 2nd Earl of Ancram.
- Elizabeth Kerr married Colonel Nathaniel Rich.
- Henrietta Maria Kerr (d. 1647), buried at Westminster Abbey.
- Stanley Kerr
Anne (nee Stanley) Kerr, Countess of Ancram, can easily be confused with her contemporary, Anne Kerr, Countess of Lothian.
The Earl of Derby at Knowsley Hall had a version of her portrait wearing a black dress with red sleeves, ornamented with silver sprigs, dated 1638 and attributed (in the nineteenth century) to Gerrit van Honthorst.
- Alan Davidson, 'PORTMAN, Sir Henry, 2nd Bt. (1596-1621)', in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629, ed. Andrew Thrush and John P. Ferris, 2010
- Correspondence of Sir Robert Kerr, first Earl of Ancram, vol. 1 (Roxburghe Club: Edinburgh, 1875), pp. 27-8.
- "Inflation calculator". www.bankofengland.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
- Correspondence of Sir Robert Kerr, first Earl of Ancram, vol. 1 (Roxburghe Club: Edinburgh, 1875), pp. xl-xliv, see her signature, p. xliv.
- Westminster Abbey, Commemorations, Anne Stanley Countess of Ancrum
- Catalogue of the first special exhibition of national portraits ending with the reign of king James the Second on loan to the South Kensington museum, vol. 2 (London, 1866), p. 90 no. 529: George Scharf, A Descriptive and Historical Catalogue of the Collection of Pictures at Knowsley Hall (London, 1875), pp. 82-3 no. 145: Sketch of the portrait dated 1839, National Portrait Gallery.