Walker Clan Crest: A cornucopia.
Walker Clan Motto: Cura Et Industria (Care and industry).
History of Clan Walker:
The surname originates from Waulker, 'Son of the Fuller or Cloth Maker,' and is widespread throughout Scotland. The Highland version of the name is MacNucator
Patrick Nowcatter was Procurator Fiscal for Argyll in 1655, and Martine McNaucater held the same office in 1667. In the same century, members of the Clan were fined for harbouring fugitives of the outlawed Clan Gregor.
Prior to the majority of the Clan changing their name to Walker in the 18th century, the MacNucators appear to have been widely entrenched in and around Knapdale, where historians have tended to associate them with Clan Macmillan. Certainly clansmen of the name followed the Stewarts of Appin in support of Prince Charles Edward Stuart in 1745.
In the 18th century, Helen Walker (d.1791) walked from Scotland to London to petition for the life of her sister who had been condemned to death for infanticide. Her story provided the inspiration for Sir Walter Scott's epic tale of Jeanie Deans in The Heart of Midlothian.
Robert Walker (1755-1808) was born in Monkton, Ayrshire and became Minister of Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh. James Walker (c.1770-1841) was born in Fraserburgh and became Minister of St Peter's Episcopalian Chapel, Edinburgh. He became Bishop of Edinburgh in 1830. Sir James Walker (1863-1935) became Professor of Chemistry at Dundee University and worked on hydrolysis, ionization and amphoteric electrolysis.
Surname distribution in Scotland: The Walker surname is widespread throughout the country with particularly high concentrations in Moray (including most of historic Banffshire), Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire (includes all of the historic counties of Aberdeenshire, Kincardineshire and part of Banffshire), Dundee City and Angus (Forfarshire).
Places of interest:
Kirkpatrick-Irongray, Kirkcudbrightshire. A statue was erected here by Sir Walter Scott in memory of Helen Walker upon whom he based his character Jeannie Deans in his epic novel The Heart of Midlothian.
Knapdale, Argyll and Bute. Ancient lands of the MacNucators.