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The family of Halket has been associated with the estates of Pitfirrane Castle near Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland from the late 13th century, who were representative of a relatively large class of lairds or barons, whose interests were with their estates and local government. 

About The Family

It is believed that the name Halket derived from the lands of Halkhead in Renfrewshire. Sometimes -et is used as a suffix meaning -wood, this means that the name could, in fact, originate from a place called Hawkwood near Strathaven in Lanarkshire.  There are a number of variations of the name Halket.  These include Halkett, Halkit, Halkhet, Halkette, Haket, Hacet, Hackett, Hakkett, Holkat, Halkhead, Halkhaide, Halkheid and Halkheide.

 

The family of Halket has been associated with the estates of Pitfirrane Castle near Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland from the late 13th century.

 

The family of Halket played its part in the history of Scotland, it was representative of a relatively large class of lairds or barons, whose interests were with their estates and local government, and to preserve what they had acquired in those times.  The Halket's were of sufficient good standing to intermarry with similar nobility, and the daughters married into the ranks of lairds and merchants around Dunfermline.  As was the custom at the time, the first-born son would inherit the title and estate, while the later sons entered the military (both for Scotland and Holland), the clergy, education or became merchants in the local towns of Dunfermline, Dysart and Kirkcaldy.  Nevertheless, they did play their part on the stage of history – either as companions to their Kings or as the cavalry leaders against them.  Many gave their lives in the defence of their country against her enemies.

The Duke of Fife Tartan

The tartan used by the Halket's is the Duke of Fife tartan. It was designed for the celebration of the wedding of Louise, the Princess Royal, daughter of Edward VII, and granddaughter of Queen Victoria, to Alexander Duff, the first Duke of Fife. The ancient tartan is the same but with a brighter green.

The Halket Crest

Falcon's head erased Proper

The Halket family crest is a Falcon's head erased Proper, with the motto Fidus Sufficit meaning Faith is sufficient.

The Halket
Coat of Arms

The Halket Coat of Arms is found at Pitfirrane Castle - two are found on the exterior, one above the main door and one impaled with those of Hepburn, for the marriage between George Halkett and Isabel Hepburn, which took place in 1576. Another is found on the interior on an oak panel on the staircase.