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The WALKER family lived and farmed in Kirkliston parish, West Lothian. The first records place them at “Puncheonlaw“, N.E. of the village, towards Carlowrie, from 1728. In 1745 they moved S.W. to Hiddlefaulds (or Hiddlefolds). They also had connections at this time to Overtoun farm (or Overton), in Kirknewton, Mid Lothian. During the 1800s they combined the farm at Hiddlefaulds with its neighbour, Kilpunt (or Kilpont), which the family moved to in the 1840s. From here the family moved down to Hertfordshire in 1898. You can read the WALKER family history HERE.

Other surnames of interest in the WALKER branch include;

  • BARRON (or BARON) family; lived at “Clay-Walls” (or Kershall) near Gogar in Corstorphine parish, Mid Lothian. They may be related to the BARONs of Preston (near Linlithgow), who’s details you can find HERE.
  • JOHNSTON family; lived at Bathgate, West Lothian. The earliest generations (traced back to 1692) were farmers at East Mains of Ballencrieff, Dykeside, and Nethermuir, near Bathgate. Subsequent generations of the JOHNSTON family were involved in banking in Bathgate, and in printing & publishing in Falkirk.  I have a printed family tree “of the JOHNSTON family, Bathgate” – compiled by Alexander A. CUTHBERT. I believe this tree dates to around 1906 (the last date on the tree). Details of this JOHNSTON family tree are HERE.

Locations of interest include;

Here is the WALKER tree (in a “pedigree view”, working back from my great-grandfather);

[-v-][ William WALKER, b. cir 1694, d. 01/01/1768, Kirkliston, m. 14/06/1728, Kirkliston/Corstorphine.

[-iv-][ James WALKER, b. 05/08/1731, Kirkliston, d. 04/04/1817, Kirkliston, m. 23/05/1766,

[-v-][ Elizabeth BARRON (or BARON), b. ???, d. ???

[-iii-][ John WALKER, b. 13/01/1772, Kirkliston, d. ??/08/1840, m. ??/05/1816, ?.

-v-[ John FLINT, b. ?, d. ?, m. ?.

[-iv-][ Janet FLINT, b. 1739, d. 12/12/1817, Kirkliston.

-v-[ Marian MURKEL, b. ?, d. ?.

[-ii-][ James WALKER, b. 24/01/1818, Kirkliston, W.Lothian, d. 06/05/1881, Broxburn, W.Lothian, m. 23/02/1847, Bathgate, W.Lothian.

-iv-[ George NEIL (or NEILL), b. ???, d. ???, m. ???

-iii-[ Isobel NEIL, b. 05/02/1788, Uphall, W.Lothian, d. 1860

-iv-[ Barbara DOWNS (or DOUNS), b. ???, d. ???

[-i-][ Thomas George WALKER, b. 04/03/1858, Kilpunt, Broxburn, W.Lothian, d. 19/10/1951, Radwell, Hertfordshire, m. 19/06/1894, Bangour, W.Lothian, to Helen Black (“Nellie”) CADZOW. [See the CADZOW ancestry HERE]

[-v-][ John JOHNSTON, b. 19/04/1723, d. ???, m. ??? [See the JOHNSTON family tree HERE]

[-iv-][ Thomas JOHNSTON, b. 22/07/1755, d. 18/05/1831, m. 05/12/1785,

-v-[ Margaret WEIR, b. ???, d. ???

[-iii-][ John JOHNSTON, b. 25/09/1786, d. 09/05/1872, ?, m. ???

[-v-][ Patrick MAIR, b. 1738, Shotts, d. 20/02/1805, Falkirk, m. 11/08/1763,

[-iv-][ Margaret MAIR, b. 22/03/1767, d. 25/10/1838,

[-v-][ Jean AITKEN, b. abt 1726, d. 1819

[-ii-][ Margaret JOHNSTON, b. circa 1818, d. 15/09/1890, ?

-iv-[ Thomas YOUNG, b. abt 1747, Ecclesmachan, W.Lothian, d. 17/03/1824, m. 29/12/1772, Muiravonside, Stirling.

[-iii-][ Margaret YOUNG, b. abt 1794, d. 29/06/1878, ?

[-v-][ Alexander SMITH, b. ???, d. ???, m. 03/12/1750, Muiravonside, Stirling.

[-iv-][ Mary SMITH, b. 01/02/1753, Muiravonside, Stirling, d. 27/04/1820

[-v-][ Mary FISHER, b. ???, d. ???

Click here to download as a PDF file;
WALKER ancestors – Feb2017version.

Contents last updated; February 2017.


The Roman Numeral in front of a name (above) indicates the generation (counting backwards) and the number of “great”s that you need to add to describe their relationship to me. i.e.

  • “-i-” = my “great-grandparent”,
  • “-iv-” = my “4x-great-grandparent”.

Click the numeral to link to any posts on the blog that I’ve tagged with that individual’s name, or to all the posts tagged with that surname (if the individual person doesn’t have a tag).

If someone’s name is highlighted as a hyperlink, you can click that link to an external webpage with information about that person. I generally favour entries on Wikipedia, though other sources may come up if there is nothing on Wikipedia, or if the alternative offers better information.

* My sources;

A history of the WALKER family – written by T.G.A. WALKER in about 1957, based on older family papers and his own research. [See details here]

Old WALKER family papers – which I have been posting images and transcriptions of, onto aFamilyHistoryBlog. These papers include Wills, a marriage contract, tenancy agreements, etc.

Old Parish Registers (OPR) on microfilm. Particularly no.667 – Kirkliston, and no.678 – Corstorphine. I’ve viewed these (for the most part) at Edinburgh Central Library. I have also used the Scottish Genealogy Society Library in Edinburgh.

WALKER family tombstones in Kirkliston parish churchyard. I have seen these myself. But there are also now several websites where you can obtain transcriptions and photos of these tombstones. Take care with the transcriptions on these websites though! I have a difference of opinion with at least one of them about the reading of an age of death on a very weathered tombstone!

1851 Census – My own search of the 1851 census, in Kirkliston parish. Viewed on microfilm at Edinburgh Central Library.

Letters from Janet WALKER – to me, in 2008, including transcriptions of some very old family papers. I hope to see the original papers for myself very shortly! These old papers are almost certainly a source of some of the information in T.G.A.WALKER’s “A history of the WALKER family”.

Monumental Inscriptions [M.I.] records, at the Scottish Genealogy Society library, Edinburgh.

JOHNSTON family of Bathgate – A printed family tree compiled by Alexander A. CUTHBERT, circa 1906 – a copy of which is among WALKER family papers. [See details here]

“Sampler” by Mary YOUNG – Elder sister of Margaret YOUNG (m. JOHNSTON). Sampler dated 1789. This sampler, and a later one by Margaret JOHNSTON (b. abt 1794) are framed and in the possession of the WALKER family. Initials contained on these samplers, of siblings, parents, grandparents, etc, helped me to identify records of those generations in the IGI.

International Genealogical Index (IGI) – My own searches of the index, used mainly to double-check other sources. Not to be fully relied on by itself. Given the chance I like to look at the OPR microfilms (from which the IGI is transcribed), which tend to contain many more details than the IGI.

Falkirk Archives hold a collection of legal papers about Patrick MAIR, his brother Thomas MAIR, and some of Patrick’s descendants – mainly the RANKINEs, through one of Patrick’s daughters; Isabel(la). The Falkirk Archives’ description of the “Mair and Rankine family papers” says quite a lot about Patrick MAIR and his family, and the archives’ “finding aid (no.33)” (PDF file) also give a brief description of each document that the archive holds about the family. Both of these pieces are interesting to read through. (I found this in Dec. 2016).

Old newspaper articles from the “Falkirk Herald”, available through the British Newspaper Archive. The Falkirk Herald was the first newspaper to be owned by the Johnston Press; the printing business established by Patrick MAIR and Thomas JOHNSTON, and continued by some of Thomas’ descendants. In Dec. 2016, I found articles of interest, about Patrick MAIR, and Thomas JOHNSTON, printed on 3 different occasions in the Falkirk Herald. See Blog Posts; Part 1, and Part 2.

My apologies if I’ve missed any particular sources or credits that I should have given. I believe that these are my major sources.

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3 thoughts on “WALKER tree

  1. Hi I am a Walker living in new Zealand, My family left Bathgate in around 1886 for Collingwood in NZ
    I have traced the family back to 1744 in Bathgate (James Walker And Janet Fleming)
    I thick James parents were John Walker and Mary Calder
    The first thing i am trying to find is which Walker family we are from, the second which clan we are a sept of.

    Many thanks Brent Mcaky Walker
    New Zealand


    1. Hello Brent,
      There do appear to be many different, unrelated Walker families from the Lothians. The earliest record that I have for mine is a marriage in 1728, in Kirkliston and Corstorphine. To my best knowledge, from that marriage only a single male line survived to carry the surname through into the 20th century. I have seen some things posted eleswhere online which claim connections to my Walker ancestry, but which don’t fit with the evidence that I have from family papers, parish records, etc. (I mention some of these claims in my blog. See; https://afamilyhistoryblog.wordpress.com/category/walker-2/ )

      You will have seen that I have a connection to Bathgate through the Johnston family; James Walker married Margaret Johnston, at Bathgate, in 1847. But my Walker line has no earlier connection (that I know of) to Bathgate!

      I have a copy of a tree of Walker families from Corstorphine, going back to the early 1600’s, compiled around 2002 by a Norman Walker from Victoria, Australia, using parish registers and census records. I suspect that my Walker family connects back into part of this tree. But I can’t prove it!

      Many websites describe “Walker” as an occupational surname, associated with fulling; see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulling

      If your family is from the Lothians, then you probably don’t have any praticular Clan/Sept affiliation. My understanding is that Clans and Septs were very much a feature of the Highlands and Islands, but not of the Lowlands! I’m not aware of my Walker family having any kind of clan association! See; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_clan



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