I would like to find out the relationship between the Falconer and McKerras families, Edinkillie, Forres, Scotland?

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Please refer to my WikiTree profile. Thanks
WikiTree profile: William Falconer
in Genealogy Help by David Proctor G2G Rookie (190 points)
edited by David Proctor

2 Answers

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Margaret Falconer

mentioned in the record of John Mckerras and Margaret Falconer

Name John Mckerras
Spouse's Name Margaret Falconer
Event Date 13 Jul 1799
Event Place Forres,Moray,Scotland

Citing this Record

"Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XYSF-MQ7 : 8 December 2014), John Mckerras and Margaret Falconer, 13 Jul 1799; citing Forres,Moray,Scotland, reference ; FHL microfilm 990,804.

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)

John Mckerras

mentioned in the record of William Mckerras

Name John Mckerras
Gender Male
Wife Margaret Falconer
Son William Mckerras

Other information in the record of

from Scotland Births and Baptisms

Name William Mckerras
Gender Male
Christening Date 18 Sep 1802
Birth Date 14 Sep 1802
Father's Name John Mckerras
Mother's Name Margaret Falconer

Citing this Record

"Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X165-C3P : 2 January 2015), John Mckerras in entry for William Mckerras, 14 Sep 1802; citing , reference ; FHL microfilm 990,803, 990,804.

Hello Frank

Thank you very much for your reply. I was aware of this connection however I think there may have been an earlier Falconer/McKerras marriage? Are you related to any of the families?

Many thanks again.

There was only one connection that I found at familysearch.org  based on the information you provided.

As far as I know, I'm not related to either of the families in your question. I do have some connections to Scotland with Sutherland and Stewart or Stuart.
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Falconer seems to be concentrated more in eastern Scotland after the clearances by 1900. There was a broader coverage of Falconer in 1840 throughout much of the country.

There was a concetration of the Falconer surname in northern England and also in London, England. 

In the USA there are concetrations in California, Illinois and New York per the map at ancestry. 


Falconer Family Origin

from the New York Passengers List

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
edited by Frank Gill

Did not find anything on the Mckerras surname at ancestry or at surnamedb.com . Surnamedb.com had something on Falconer surname:


This interesting surname has two distinct possible sources, the first and most likely being from an Old French occupational name for a keeper or trainer of hawks. The derivation is from the Old French "fau(l)connier", "one who hunts with falcons or follows hawking as a sport", also, "keeper and trainer of hawks". The hawk trainer was held in high esteem in medieval times as it was his responsibility to supply hunting hawks to his overlord or the lord of the manor. Early examples of the surname include: Henry le fauconer (Yorkshire, 1219), and John Fauconner (Somerset, 1327). The name may also be occupational for one who worked a "faucon", that is, a type of medieval crane or windlass. In 1282 the "faukonarii" or "falconarii" at Caernarvon Castle were paid 6d. per day in summer and 5d. in winter for operating this device. One of the earliest namebearer to enter America was Thomas Faulkner, aged 28 yrs., who appears on a "List of The Living in Virginia" on February 16th 1623, having come over on the "Mary Providence" in 1622. A Coat of Arms granted to the Falconer family of Sloane Street, Chelsea, is a paly of six black and silver, Overall a bend vert, thereon three trefoils in gold. A dragon's head and neck, wings addorsed, couped at the shoulders proper is on the Crest. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry Falkenar, which was dated 1194, in the "Curia Regis Rolls of Wiltshire", during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "Richard the Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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