Variants, Walkingshaw. A name of territorial origin, from
the lands of Walkinshaw in Renfrewshire.This name is of Scottish descent and
is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such
are the family of Walkinshaws, who were hereditary foresters to the High
Stewards for the barony of Renfrew and Robert Walkinshaw was a charter
witness recorded in Glasgow in the year 1551. Names were recorded in these
ancient documents to make it easier for the overlords to collect taxes and
to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords
acquired lands by either force or as gifts from their rulers, they created
charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. Other examples of
this name were found in the person of Adam Walkinshaw who was recorded in
Fogo in 1679 and Maria Walkinshaw became mistress of the 'Young Pretender'
but was obliged to leave him because of his ill-treatment.