See biography by J. W. Wooster (1949).
The name comes from hidden origins and is first recorded along the Cumbrian border (1350),by the 1400's they were firmly established in Nithsdale area of Dumfriesshire. James Harkness of Locherben led the rescue in 1684 of a group of Covenanters who were being taken for trial in Edinburgh. For this act his brother was hanged the following year.
Fictional characters with the name: