I am also from the Walker end of the world. I can trace my Grandfathers side back to about 1850 or so. We also have the surname Orr back then. It is very hard to trace because so many records do get destroyed. My Grandmother had an Irish surname and when her parents moved to Scotland they changed the spelling some so no one knew they were Irish. Sad that that had to happen. Grandda said we are MacGregors but I found out we could also be Stewart of Apin. So how do you find out for sure. Most records I have found say MacGregor and one I found said something about your last names meaning says where you are as to clans. Walker means something about working with cloth, linen which makes sense to me because as far back as I have found so far my Grandfathers ancestors have always work in some way with fabric be it making it or actually having a Clothier like my Great Grandfather did in Hamilton Scotland and they lived in Blantyre.
What puzzels me is how do you really know what clan you come from or belong to when, when you look back at your family you also have names like Duncan, Clark, Murdock etc.
One of these days I will narrow it down...................
And yes, I to live in the US and feel it important to know "who" I am, where I come from etc and I dont mean Buffalo NY where I was born either.
When the day shall come, that we do part; if my last words are not 'I love you'--ye'll ken it was because I didna have time. (Fiery Cross Quotes)
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