Lord Falconer of Halkerton

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The title Lord Falconer of Halkerton was created in the peerage of Scotland[1] [2] on 20 December 1646, for Sir Alexander Falconer, Lord of Session, with remainder to his heirs-male whatsoever. King Charles I granted Sir Alexander a yearly pension of £200 with the title, for his ability, integrity, and affection for administration of Justice.

David Hume's[3] mother was the sister of David Falconer, 4th Lord Falconer of Halkerton. In 1778, the 7th lord inherited the Earldom of Kintore, and the two titles remained linked until 1966. The lordship then became vacant with the death of Arthur George Keith-Falconer, 12th Lord Falconer of Halkerton and 10th Earl of Kintore, although the earldom of Kintore continued in the female line.

Peter Serrel Falconer (died 2003), an architect, was the presumed heir to the feudal barony (1206) and Lordship (1646) of Halkerton, and had three sons, but did not pursue the claim. Other possible claimants included a West Indian civil servant and a Texan truck driver.

Lords Falconer of Halkerton (1646-1966)[4][edit]

Descendants survey pedigree graph of the "Lords Falconer of Halkerton".
The yellow boxes below his Lordship's name, shows the period during which the title: "Lord Falconer of Halkerton" was owned. (click picture to enlarge)
  1. Sir Alexander Falconer, Lord Falconer of Halkerton (1595–1671)
  2. Alexander Falconer, Lord Falconer of Halkerton (1620–1684)
  3. David Falconer, Lord Falconer of Halkerton (1668–1724)
  4. David Falconer, Lord Falconer of Halkerton (1681–1751), grandson of brother of the first lord, married Katharine Margaret Keith, dau of William Keith, Earl of Kintore (1670-1718)
  5. Alexander Falconer, Lord Falconer of Halkerton (1707–1762)
  6. William Falconer, Lord Falconer of Halkerton (1712–1776), succeeded his brother Alexander Falconer, who died childless
  7. Anthony Adrian Keith-Falconer, Lord Falconer of Halkerton (1742–1804), Earl of Kintore, became 5th Earl of Kintore in 1778
  8. William Keith-Falconer, 8th Lord of Halkerton (1766–1812), 6th Earl of Kintore
  9. Anthony Adrian Keith-Falconer, 9th Lord of Halkerton (1794–1844), 7th Earl of Kintore
  10. Francis Alexander Keith-Falconer, 10th Lord of Halkerton (1828-1880), 8th Earl of Kintore
  11. Algernon Hawkins Thomand Keith-Falconer, 11th Lord of Halkerton (1852-1930), 9th Earl of Kintore
  12. Arthur George Keith-Falconer, 12th Lord of Halkerton (1879-1966), 10th Earl of Kintore.

With the death of Arthur George Keith-Falconer, 12th Lord of Halkerton, the title "Lord Falconer of Halkerton" became dormant.
This means that an heir is believed to be alive, but it is uncertain who the heir is. It has to be the senior "heir-male", meaning that all the senior male lines need to be proven extinct.
In theory, the claimant would petition the Lord Lyon, King of Arms, for a grant of arms, claiming that he is the senior heir. Foreigners can receive grants of arms from the Lord Lyon, King of Arms, if they are the senior male-line descendant of a Scottish emigrant.


  1. ^ Charles Kidd & David Williamson. Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage/1990. St Martin's Press, New York. ISBN 9780312046408[page needed]
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ My Own Life, by David Hume
  4. ^ Paul McKee Gifford. Falconer of Halkerton: A Genealogy of a Scottish Family and its branches in England, the United States, and Jamaica, including those spelled "Falconar" and "Faulkner". Heritage Books, Inc., Maryland USA. ISBN 9780788406157