Lockhart was accepted by CDSNA as an allied family in July 2012. The history of the surname is very closely related to the Douglas sept and allied family names of Brownlee, Dick/Dickie/Dickson, and Symington. Lockhart is a separate clan recognized by the The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs and Angus Hew Lockhart of the Lee is Chief of the Name and Arms of Lockhart. Individuals with this surname should be welcome at Douglas tents and encouraged to become Clan Douglas members.
One Lockhart history states,
The history of the Lockharts dates back to 1066, the family being among those disposed by William the Conqueror and seeking refuge in Scotland. The family, originally spelling their name "Locard," settled mainly in Ayrshire and Lanarkshire. They can be traced back to Stephanus or Stephen Lockard and his son Symon by the towns they founded: Stevenston and Symington. The exact date when the lands of Lee came into the family is not known, but 1272 is traditionally accepted. Symon (Second of Lee) won fame for himself and his family in the wars against the English when he fought alongside King Robert the Bruce and was knighted for his loyal service. Sir Symon accompanied Lord James Douglas and Sir William St. Clair when they took the heart of Bruce on crusade in Spain in 1329. Sir Symon was entrusted with the key to its casket and returned it home safely when Douglas was killed. For this honor, Sir Symon's name was changed to Lockheart and then to Lockhart. A heart within a fetterlock was from then on included in the family arms with the motto "Corda Serrata Pando" (I open locked hearts).
Simon Locard, second of Lee, alternately described as either the son or grandson of Sir Symon Locard for whom Symington was named, won fame for himself and his family fighting alongside Robert the Bruce in the struggle for Scottish Independence and was knighted for his loyal service. In 1329 he set out for the Holy Land, with Lord James Douglas and a company of Scots. While Douglas carried the heart of King Robert Bruce for burial in Palestine in a locked silver casket, Locard carried the key. In Spain, Douglas died and command of the small Scottish company fell upon Locard, who, finding it impossible to go to Jerusalem returned to Scotland returning the heart of the king to the Abbey of Melrose and the bones of Sir James Douglas to St. Bride’s Kirk. Sir Simon then changed his name to Lockhart, and added to his arms a man's (the king’s) heart within a fetterlock sable.
Simon Locard was also known as Sir Simon Loc Ard.
The name was derived from a beautiful lake in Scotland called Loc Ard. In this time, few Scottish people possessed a family name. Only individual names were common previous to this time. A charter was written where Sir Symon Lockhart bound himself and his heirs to pay out of the lands of Lee and Cartland "... to Sir William de Lyndessey, Rector... of Air (Ayr) ten pounds sterling of annual rent... in consideration of a certain sum of money paid to me with which I hold myself well satisfied... ". The bond was confirmed by King Robert of the Bruce in 1323.
While fighting in Spain, Sir Simon acquired the Lee Penny, the amulet spoken of in the novel "The Talisman" by Sir Walter Scott. The talisman is still in the possession of the Lockhart family to this day. Electric Scotland’s article on the Lee Penny states Sir Simon…
“ made prisoner in battle an Emir of wealth and note. The aged mother of his captive came to the Christian camp to redeem her son from his captivity. Lockhart fixed the price at which his prisoner should ransom himself; and the lady, pulling out a large embroidered purse, proceeded to tell down the amount. In this operation, a pebble inserted in a coin, some say of the lower empire, fell out of the purse, and the Saracen matron testified so much haste to recover it as to give the Scottish knight a high idea of its value. "I will not consent," he said, "to grant your son’s liberty unless the amulet be added to the ransom." The lady not only consented to this, but explained to Sir Simon the mode in which the talisman was to be used. The water in which it was dipped operated either as a styptic, or as a febrifuge, and the amulet besides possessed several other properties as a medical talisman.
Sir Simon Lockhart, after much experience of the wonders which it wrought, brought it to his own country, and left it to his heirs, by whom, and by Clyde-side in general, it was, and is still, distinguished by the name of the Lee Penny, from the name of his native seat of Lee.”
Clan Lockhart: http://www.ayrshirescotland.com/clans/lockhart.html
Clan Lockhart: http://www.radford.edu/~festival/pages/lockhart.html
Lockhart Clan History: http://www.brownlee.com.au/Pages/Lockhart%20Clan.html
The Lee Penny: http://www.electricscotland.com/kids/stories/penny.htm
The Legend of he Lee Penny: www.clanlockhart-us.org/pdf/Lee%20Penny.pdf