WALKERS  IN  SCOTLAND

Last updated - 4th July 2006
Major update will be done in Nov 2006

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  


Please read the complete page if you have not already done so !

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 !

General Notes
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 -


121 Andrew WALKER, Helen GARDNER, (M), marr, abt 1876, Scoonie or Kemback, Fife
-- shoemaker in Leven
122   (M), born 22 May 1797, Neil WALKER, Scoonie, Fife
123   (F), born 12 Aug 1798, Christian WALKER, Scoonie, Fife
124   (M), born 12 Mar 1808, Andrew WALKER, Scoonie, Fife
125   (F), born 24 May 1813, Mary WALKER, Scoonie, Fife

10584 Mcneil WALKER, Christian MAXWELL, (M), marr, abt 1776, Corstorphine, MidLothian
-- Mcneil - shoemaker in Leven
10585 (M), bapt abt 1777, Andrew WALKER, Corstorphine, MidLothian


106449 Neil WALKER, Barbara MURRAY, (M), marr, 13 Jan 1821, Scoonie, Fife
-- Neil - sailor in Leven - emigrated Andover, Mass, USA in 1844
        (F), born abt 1824, Euphemia WALKER, Scoonie, Fife

Alterations to Christian names
I have taken the liberty of altering or expanding some of the christian names - in particular -
Alexr (male) has been expanded to Alexander, Andw has been expanded to Andrew, Margt was expanded to Margaret and Wm and Wllm have been expand to William, amongst others.

Names with various spellings have been codified - ie. Catharine, Cathrine, Caterine, etc have all been entered as Catherine. Similarly, the variations of Katherine have been altered - however Catherine and Katherine have been left as separate entries. While purists will no doubt throw up their hands in horror (quite rightly), the intent here is to try and align marriages and births and give a starting point for examination of original documents as well as link family members.

Certain alterations were not carried out - in particular Grizell's (Grace) were left as their specific spelling dictated (Note - prior to 1820 or so Grizzel was the common name - after 1820 or so Grace was the variation most used).  Names such as Neil have not. Mcneil, McNiel, Neil and Niel are difficult to trace as the variations were often used interchangeably. As there are not that many Walkers named Neil, records will be progressively altered to "Neil (Mcneil)" as will Nellies will be progressively altered to "Helen (Nellie)", etc. These alterations, if you think about it for a moment, are quite logical.

If you find what appears to be relationships between records, please check the original documentation

Original Documentation
While checking the original hand written document is obviously the best way to confirm the accuracy of records, this is often difficult for people who do not live in Scotland. An alternative is to view a microfilm of the document concerned. Most (not all) of the Church registers of Births, Deaths, and Marriages are available on microfilm at your local Family History Library of the Church of the Latter Day Saints (LDS), and many Census Records microfilms are held by  the LDS or your local Genealogical Society - libraries in capital cities almost always contain Memorial Inscriptions from various Shires (usually Mitchell) as well as other reference books.

Links between family members
It is intended in the future to link as many children to their own marriages as possible and link the parent's) to their own birth where known. Any assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Additional Information
At a later stage more deaths, burials, and occupations will be added as well as marriage witnesses where available. This will be limited to a total of one additional line per record (to conserve space.) The Fife Family History Society has produced a CD of all recorded deaths in Fife and it is available for purchase from them.

Timeframe
You gotta be joking ! ! ! - It's taken ages just to get this far !  It is intended to update the files on at least a six-monthly basis with new information. There is still much information to be input to computer and work will proceed slowly. Any additional information you can supply will be most appreciated.

Information required
You know more about your family history than I do. Any information will be input to the lists and, hopefully, in the long run this will allow greater information to be obtained by you and your relatives.

Verification
Information on these lists is checked for accuracy as far as possible - however - there is no excuse for not verifying your family tree from original documents. The information on these lists is made available to assist you in finding out who or what, or where to look. It is your responsibility to check the facts. The information posted here will, hopefully, be accurate, point you in the right direction, and if you can supply information to me it may assist others in the same pursuit.

Corrections
Corrections to the information on the lists is most welcome  If you can further the accuracy of these lists we will all be extremely grateful. Email additions or corrections to Norman Walker.  I am unable to answer questions of a general nature because What You See is What You Get !

Links to other internet sites
There are thousands of sites dealing with genealogy and I have no intention of compiling lists of sites to view - others do it far better than I. Nevertheless, the following are probably the most important internet sites for the beginner to commence from :-

Family search
the Church of Latter Day Saints

Genuki
the English, Irish, and Scots genealogical web organization

Scotlands People
 a Govt site that has free access to indexes, but charges for details
- also has links for handwriting, abbreviations, trade names, etc



RootsWeb
an American genealogy site with a World-Connect page

Cyndi's List
a large site with many links to other sites

Cyndi's List
Surname W

Drews Scottsh Page
a site with many references to Census returns etc.

Top 100 Scottish web sites
a site listing the top 100 Scottish web sites and more...

From Fife to Australia 
my own Family Tree

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.

Norman Walker
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