When the good Lord James, on his way to the Holy Land with the
heart of King Robert Bruce, was slain in Spain fighting against the
Moors, Sir Simon Locard, of Lee, was commissioned to carry back to
Scotland the heart, which was interred in Melrose Abbey. In consequence
thereof he changed his name to Lock-heart, and adopted the device of a heart within a fetterlock, with this motto: “Corda serata
pando” (Locked hearts I open). Of course, this is romance. Lockhart is
Teutonic, “Strong Beguiler.”
“For this reason men changed Sir Simon's name from Lockhard to
Lockheart, and all who are descended from Sir Simon are called Lockhart
to this day.” —Sir Walter Scott: Tales of a Grandfather, xi.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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