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Halkerstone are a Scottish kin-group or family who do not have a chief and are therefore considered an armigerous clan.


A name which is derived from the sport of falconry. <ref>George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire, Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia, 401</ref> The lands of Hawkerton in the Mearns were held in feu of the king's falconer. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 401</ref> The Halkerston arms include falcon heads- which is canting, or punning on the link with falconry. There are still lands known as Halkerstone near the village of Inveresk in Midlothian.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 401</ref>

Middle Ages

Johan de Haukerstone of Edinburgh appears on the Ragman Roll giving fealty to Edward I.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 401</ref>

Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

The name was common around Edinburgh in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 401</ref> A street in Edinburgh is called Halkerstone Wynd and may be named after John or David Halkerstone. David Halkerstone was killed in 1544 during an attack by English forces.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 401</ref>

The main Halkerstone family were the lairds of Rathillet in Fife. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 401</ref>

Seventeenth Century

David Hackston or Halkerstone (died 30 July 1680), was a militant Scottish Covenanter, remembered mainly for his part in the murder of Archbishop James Sharp of St. Andrews in 1679 and his involvement in the events of 1680 which led to his capture and public execution.

Hackston belonged to the Hackstons or Halkerstones of Rathillet, in the parish of Kilmany, Fifeshire. <ref> Hamilton 1890, p. 423 cites New Statistical Account of Scotland, ix. 539</ref>