a proper name, is generally supposed to be
$$$, a fuller, but the derivation of ancient names from
trades is to be received with great caution. It is far more probable
that Walker is derived from the old High German
walah, Anglo-Saxon wealh, a foreigner
or borderer; whence Wallack, Walk, Walkey, Walliker, and many others.
The prototype of Jeanie
Deans. Sir Walter Scott caused a tombstone to be erected over her
grave in the churchyard of Irongray, stewartry of Kirkcudbright. In
1869 Messrs. A. and C. Black caused a headstone of red freestone to be
erected in Carlaverock churchyard to the memory of Robert Paterson,
the Old Mortality of the same novelist, buried there in 1801.
John Walker was an outdoor
clerk at Longman, Clementi, and Co.'s, Cheapside, and was noted for
his eagle nose, which gained him the nickname of Old
Walker's office was to keep the workmen to their
work, or report them to the principals. Of course it was the interest
of the employés to throw discredit on Walker's reports, and the
poor old man was so badgered and ridiculed that the firm found it
politic to abolish the office, but Hookey Walker
still means a tale not to be trusted. (John
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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