The surname of WALKER was an occupational name 'the walker' a fuller or thickener of woollen cloth. The name was frequently noted in mediavel documents, and was rendered in Old English as WEALCERE. Early records of the name mention Richard le Walkere, 1248 Wales. Robert le Walker was documented in 1260 in the County of Yorkshire. Johanna Walkere of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. The name was taken early to Scotland by settlers, and Thomas dictus Walkar of Berwick, 1324, appears to be the first on record. William Walker held land in Inverrys Scotland in the year of 1381. Johannes Walker was a juror on an inquest held in the episcopal lands of Aldrochty in 1393. Donald Walcare, held lands in St. Leonard's, Edinburgh in 1457. Johannes Walcar (hatmaker) was the burgess of Perth, 1546. A notable member of the name was George Walker (1618-90) the Irish clergyman and governor of Derry, born of English parents in Tyrone. He studied at Glasgow University, and became rector of Lissan, County Derry. In 1688 he raised a regiment at Dungannon to help garrison Londonderry for its successful resistance to the 105 day seige in 1689 by James II's forces, and became joint governor. He led sallies against the enemy and exhorted the citizens by rousing sermons. For this he received the thanks of William III and the House of Commons, degrees from Oxford and Cambridge, and was nominated Bishop of Derry. He fell at the battle of Boyne and is commemorated by the Walker Monument (1828) in Londonderry. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered in Nottingham.
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