Hopkirk

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Hopkirk are a Scottish family or kin-group who do not have a chief and are therefore considered an armigerous clan. Never an extensive family, it is claimed that there are now only around 500 Hopkirks worldwide. <ref>http://www.hopkirk.org/</ref>

Overview

This name derives from the lands of Hopkirk near Hawick in Roxburghshire. <ref>George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire, Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia, 405</ref>

The name might indicate lands given to the church by a man named Hob (diminutive of Robert) or a member of the ancient family of Hopringle who held lands near stow in Roxburghshire in the eleventh century. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 405</ref>

The name is featured in various early charters of land in Roxburghshire and James Hopkirk is recorded as resident in Carrington in 1574.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 405</ref>

The principle family were lairds of Dalbeath. James Hopkirk, Covenanter, was drowned off Orkney in 1679. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 405</ref>

Related families

Hobkirk, Habkirk and Hopekirk are related families with versions of this name. <ref>http://www.hopkirk.org/</ref>

Thomas Hopkirk

Thomas Hopkirk (1785-1841)

Thomas Hopkirk (1785-1841) was a botanist and member of a Glasgow merchant family. He was the pioneer botanist of the West Coast of Scotland. <ref>Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/13760 (accessed 20th May 2014)</ref> As well as publishing key works he was among the founders of Glasgow Botanical Gardens and is commemorated in Glasgow University's Hopkirk Laboratory.<ref>Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/13760 (accessed 20th May 2014)</ref>

Today

There is a Hopkirk family website and genealogy project.<ref>http://www.hopkirk.org/</ref>

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