Clan Lockhart

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Clan Lockhart Team
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The focus of this team's work is to identify, improve and maintain profiles associated with the Lairds and Chiefs of Clan Lockhart together with members bearing the name Lockhart, the related families and those recognised as septs of Clan Lockhart

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  • promoting the entries of those bearing the name Lockhart on Wikitree.
  • ensuring entries appearing on Wikitree are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan Lockhart.


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Clan Lockhart

Clan Chief: Ranald Lockhart of the Lee, Chief of the Name and Arms of Clan Lockhart.

Crest: The Crest

Clansmen are identified through the Lockhart Crest, worn as badges and brooches and by which their loyalty is identified. The Crest bears the motto "Corda Serrata Pando" - I open locked hearts.

The Crest of the Chief may be worn by all members of the Clan and of approved Septs and followers of the Clan, within a strap and buckle surround , bearing the Chief's motto. This is for personal wear only and indicates that the wearer is a member of the Clan whose Chief's crest - badge is being worn. The badge or crest may not be depicted on personal or business stationery ,signet rings or plate , because such use would legally imply that the item was the Chief's property!

Motto: Corda Serrata Pando" - I open locked hearts.

Region: Scotland

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Although we are a Lowland family and therefore not strictly speaking a clan, a tartan was designed by the Chief in 1996.

It has been officially approved by the Lord Lyon and recorded in the Lyon Court books. Its design reflects the family connection with the Macdonalds of Clanranald. Tartan is made in the Borders town of Selkirk, Scotland.


The name Lockhart is derived from Locard, sometimes spelt Lokart which is probably Flemish or Norman in origin. The modern spelling seems to have been introduced in the fifteenth century, and refers to the crusade on which Sir Symon Locard was the custodian of the key of the casket in which Bruce’s heart was carried.

Like many Scottish families the Locards came from England where they were among those who were dispossessed by William the Conqueror and sought refuge in Scotland. There were Locards near Penrith in the twelfth century and also in Annandale in Dumfriesshire where the town of Lockerbie is said to be named after them. The family finally settled in Ayrshire and Lanarkshire where they have held land for over seven hundred years.

The earliest paper in the family archives is a charter dated 1323 by which Sir Symon Locard bound himself and his heirs to pay out of the lands of Lee and Carnwath an annual rent of £10.

Stephen Locard, grandfather of Sir Symon, founded the village of Stevenson in Ayrshire. His son Symon acquired the lands in Lanarkshire, and like his father, called a village which he founded, Symons Town (today called Symington) after himself.

Symon, Second of Lee, won fame for himself and his family fighting alongside Robert the Bruce in the struggle to free Scotland from English domination and was knighted for his loyal service. He was among the knights led by Sir James Douglas, who took Bruce’s heart to the Crusades in 1329 to atone for his murder of John Comyn in the church of Greyfriars. Douglas carried the King’s heart in a casket of which Sir Symon carried the key. The Crusade ended prematurely when Douglas was killed fighting the Moors in Spain, but to commemorate the adventure and the honour done to the family, the name was changed from Locard to Lockheart and later abbreviated to Lockhart. A heart within a fetterlock was from then on included in the arms of the family with the motto “Corda Serrata Pando” - I open locked hearts. SOURCE: Clan Lockhart website.

Lee Penny, Famous Talisman

The family took more than a new name home from the Crusades. It gained a precious heirloom which has been treasured ever since; the mysterious charm known as the Lee Penny. (Sir Walter Scott used the story of its acquisition by the family as a basis for his novel, “The Talisman”.)

At the battle of Teba in Spain, Sir Symon captured a Moorish Emir and received from the man’s mother, as part of his ransom, an amulet or stone with healing powers. The Prince’s mother told Sir Symon that the stone was a sovereign remedy against bleeding and fever, the bite of a mad dog, and sickness in horses and cattle. The stone is dark red in colour and triangular in shape and was later set in a silver coin which has been identified as a fourpenny piece of the reign of Edward IV. The Penny is kept in a gold snuffbox which was a gift from Maria Theresa, Empress of Austria to her general, Count James Lockhart in 1789.

Such is the belief in the stone’s powers that a descendant of Sir Symon, Sir James Lockhart of Lee, was charged with sorcery, an offence which could carry the death penalty. After examining the accused, the Synod of the Church of Scotland, dismissed the case, because the custom is only to cast a stone in some water and give deseasit cattle thereof to drink and the same is done without using any words such as charmers use in their unlawful practices and considering that in nature there are many things seen to work strange effects whereof no human wit can give reason in having pleast God to give the stones and herbs a special vertue for healing of many infirmities in man and beast.

The fame of the Lee Penny spread through Scotland and Northern England and there are many recorded occasions when it was employed with apparent success.

It remains in the Lockhart family to this day. Source: Clan Lockhart website

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