For all my followers, in case you are wondering, I’ll be traveling to the Western Highlands of Scotland during the first two weeks in September, seeing some spectacular sights as I research Scotland's past for some historical romances that I’ve a mind to write.
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I'll be taking some trains, including this one at the Glenfinnan Viaduct:
While my blog posts will continue...and September is Bodice Ripper month, so you won't want to miss that!...I thought it was fitting I should do a post on my own name as regards the Scots.
So here is The Walker “clan” for you to enjoy!
From what I can tell, there is more than one belief on how the surname Walker came about. Some say it refers to the men who walked about the castle to watch for intruders or thieves. Others say Walker originates from Waulker, “son of the fuller or cloth maker,” and refers to those who walked on the wool that was cleaned and thicken by being soaked in water and trampled under foot. In any event, the name is widespread throughout Scotland. (It is the 21st most common name in Scotland.)
The Highland or Gaelic version of the name Walker is MacNucator and derives from "Mac an fhucadair" (son of the fuller of the cloth), of which the old Scots equivalent is Waulker. In modern times, the name is associated with both the Stewarts and the McGregors.
My mother once told me that we were “papists in Scotland and Protestants in Ireland.” I decided that meant we were rebels all around. (In the 17th century, the Walkers were fined for harboring fugitives of the outlawed Clan Gregor!)
Clansmen of the name followed the Stewarts of Appin in support of Prince Charles Edward Stuart in 1745. The Appin Stewarts, known as “The Loyal Clan,” are a part of the West Highland branch of the royal surname Stewart. They are associated with Castle Stalker in Argyll. Their motto is Quihidder Wil Zie (Whither will ye? That is, what/which will you..choose…war or peace?) I'm reading a Scottish historical romance now, Lady of the Glen, that shows the Stewarts of Appin fighting alongside the MacDonalds at Killiecrankie.
|Castle Stalker, Argyll|
|Loch Caille Bharr in Knapdale|
Walker is also an English name near the Scottish border. And Walkers throughout Ireland have been identified as non-linked families to the ones in Scotland and England. A Walker family from Ireland is probably from Sligo or Derry where they came from, two of the hardest hit areas during the famine.