A B C D E F G H I Ja J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Misc
These pages contain lists of Walkers
in Scotland sorted by christian name of husband and wife.
Each list is in alphabetical order by husband or father (or wife/mother if a Walker) and also contain a reference number. There are approximately 83,000 records over the 27 lists. The Misc list contains names of Walkers where the parents are not noted, details were supplied by a spouse or relative, or information has been obtained from a will, documents, etc, and further information is required. Some 3000 deaths are currently recorded in these lists and I will add more as time goes by.
For those who are interested in such things, The Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation offers a free gene testing participation kit so that you can record your genealogy and perhaps match people who have a common ancestor and extend your family tree backwards in time.
Their website is at www.smgf.org and information can be obtained from there.
A list of the christian names used in Walker families and the total number of uses of that name is available at Christian Names. Note that names such as Mark, Luke, Patrick, Alice, and Maria, etc. were very common in England or Ireland, but almost unknown in Scotland, as far as Walker's are concerned, before 1850. Note also that there are many duplications. People often married in the fathers parish and then, two days later, married in the mothers parish as well. I am trying to codify the lists but it will take some time for this to happen.
Information has been gathered from a variety of sources including Monumental Inscriptions, the Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae (lists of Ministers and their families), Services of Heirs, Burkes Armorial Peerage and similar, and it is planned to expand the sources where possible to include Trade Directories, Guild Memberships, Military records and the like. There is still much information to be input and these pages are far from complete
There are too many James and Johns to contain in one list so these have been split into a Ja file and a J file. Note - these are still big files !
The Session Clerks who recorded many of these details were not perfect. Spelling errors, abbreviations, and assumptions were common. You should note that they never recorded these details for posterity, but for their own information, a record of what had occurred, and because they were required to by law.
A record might, therefore, look something like this - "1675 June - Anw Walker, y#, c. 20th. w. JWilkieo" which would translate as "Andrew Walker, from this place or parish, christened 20th June 1675 witness J. Wilkie" Other records are more complete, giving details of the father and occupation, wife, including maiden name, witnesses to the christening and sometimes grandparents names as well.
Abbreviation were common and prior to 1700 capital letters used indiscriminately
and not all capital letters were available. "fflorenceo" meant
"Florence" and this was occasionally a mans name as well as a women's.
The double "ff" was also used for "ss" and occasionally a
single "f" for "s"
While every effort has been made to maintain accuracy, dates are sometimes meaningless. For example, a birth in Fife may not have been recorded at the Parish level because the Session Clerk was away. Sometime later the Sheriffs office (at Cupar) would record the birth in the Cupar church register. This results in a christening in St Andrews Parish in 1800 and the birth record as Cupar Parish in 1801, 12 months later. Other records obtain dates from Wills, Services of Heirs, etc. If the birth had not been recorded or it was difficult to establish the person concerned, only an approximate date of birth or marriage can be assumed
Occupations were named slightly differently to those now in use. Cordiner = shoemaker, flesher = butcher, baxter = baker, beadle = a combination of church warden/town crier/constable. A baille was basically a person in charge, ie groundsman, fishing supervisor, constable - depending what he was baille of. A "writer" was the equivalent of a lawyer and a "WS" was a "Writer to the Signet". the equivalent of a modern days Queens Counsel. (the signet being the ring worn by the King and used to seal wax imprints on documents.) There are a number of internet sites that give more complete details of occupations.
The Alphabetical Lists
The details in the lists contain something similar to the following -
a Govt site that has free access to indexes, but charges for details
- also has links for handwriting, abbreviations, trade names, etc
Coat of Arms
The Coat of Arms in Scotland are, generally speaking, registered to a particular individual and, occasionally, their descendants. The Coat of Arms of a Borough or City are a different category. It is illegal to use a Coat of Arms that has not been issued to you.
The Coat of Arms registered to several Walker families are shown below. Note that Walker is not a Clan and the three red stripes (three pallets gules) and the St Andrews Cross (saltire) are not a requirement of Walker families unless related. Sometimes they were simply chosen to be similar. The emblems and colours on the chief (the top third) have distinctive meaning and imply Head of, son of, relative of, etc. The stars are actually rowels (spurs used in horse riding)
Errors and Omissions are (sadly
to say) all mine.
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