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Lockhart Clan Tattoos - In early times this name was spelt 'Locard' or 'Lokart'. The name may be a Germanic compound meaning 'bolt-hard'. Like so many Scottish families, the Locards came from England where they were among the dispossessed of their lands by William the Conqueror.

There were Lockards in Penrith in the 12th century and later in Annandale, where the town of Lockerbie is said to be named after them. The family finally settled in Ayrshire and Lanarkshire, where they held land for over 700 years.

The earliest paper in the family archives is a charter of 1323. By this, Sir Symon Locard bound himself and his heirs to pay out of the lands of Lee and Cartland an annual rent of 10. Stephen Locard, grandfather of Sir Symon, founded the village of Stevenston in Ayrshire, which would have been a hamlet or fermtoun, housing farmers and workers on his estate. His son, Symon, acquired lands in Lanarkshire and, like his father called a village which he founded, Symons Toun ( today Symington), after himself.

Symon, the second son 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. Sir Symon was among the knights who took Bruce's heart on Crusade in 1329 to atone for the murder of John Comyn in the Church of Greyfriars in 1306, and his consequent excommunication.

Douglas carried the heart in a casket, of which Sir Symon carried the key. The crusade was ended prematurely when Douglas was killed fighting the Moors in Spain, but to commemorate the adventure and the honour done to the family, their name was changed from Locard to Lockheart, which afterwards became Lockhart. A heart within a fetterlock was from then on included in the arms of the family, and the deed is also commemorated in the motto.

Clan Lockhart Motto: Corda Serata Pando
From Latin: I lay open locked hearts

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