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"AIKENHEAD, AITKENHEAD. From the old
barony of Aikenhead in Lanarkshire. Gilbert
de Lakenheued (= Aikenhead with the French
definite article L' prefixed) of the county of
Lanark rendered homage for his lands in 1296
(Bain, n, 808). In 1872 the lands of
Akynheuide in the sheriffdom of Lanark were confirmed
to John de Maxwell by King Robert n (RMS.,
i, 450). In the same year Convallus de
Akinhead witnessed a grant of the lands of
Auchmarr to Walter de Buchanan (Lavcnax, p. 59).
(This Convallus evidently has been named
after St. Convall, disciple of St. Kentigern, who
afterwards became patron saint of the parish
of Inchinnan.) William de Akynheued was
bailie of the burgh of Rutherglen in 1376
(ER., n, p. 537), and a later William de
Akinhede was a notary public in Irvine in 1444
(Irvine, i, p. 7). In 1489 remission was granted
to three individuals named Akynhed who, with
a number of others, held the Castle of
Dumbarton against the king (APS., xn, p. 34).
So late as 1509 we have mention of a
payment to John of Akynheyd (LCD., p. 208).
The surname, as might be expected, is common
in Lanarkshire, particularly around Glasgow.
The saintly Leighton is said to have made the
following pun on a Lord Provost of Edinburgh
of this name, who had "many pimples on his
"If what is said were justly said,
That's Head of Aiken timber's made,
His fyrie face had long agoe
Sett all his head in blazing glow."
(Coltness Collections, p. 22)
A quite different version is given in Butler's
Life and letters of Robert Leighton, p. 55.
Aickinhed 1488, Aickinheid 1585, Aikynhead
1513, Akinhed 1501, Akinheid 1508, Akynheid
1521, Akynhede 1450, Akheid 1528,
Auchinhead 1513, Aukinhead 1632, Eakinheid 1615.
Other forms are: Aikenheid, Aikinheid,
Akenhede, and Aitkynheid.
(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)
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