It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Wachat. It was a name for someone who lived in Stirling.
Early Origins of the Wachat family
The surname Wachat was first found in Stirlingshire, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. William Wishart had a grant of the mill from the Abbey of Cambus Kenneth in the year 1200, and was associated with lands at Conon and Tulloch in 1254. Another William Wishart was a monk at St. Andrews in 1250. The family also held the lands of Kenny Murchardyn in 1279. Sir John Wishart rendered homage in 1296 to King Edward I
on his brief conquest of Scotland
. "Andrew Wycchard (Wyschard or Wychard) of Scotland
, a prisoner of war in Hereford Castle, 1305-07 . George Wischart was burned for heresy at St. Andrews, 1545/6, and a later George Wischart was first bishop of Edinburgh after the Restoration and private chaplain and biographer of the marquess of Montrose." CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
"The family are of ancient date in Forfarshire
, and are descended from Robert, a natural son of David, Earl of Huntingdon
, who having gone on a crusade to the Holy Land, was called Guishart, on account of the slaughter he made of the Saracens. Adam Wishart of Logie, was living in 1272." CITATION[CLOSE]
Sims, Clifford Stanley The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames. 1862. Print.
Early History of the Wachat family
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Wachat Spelling Variations
Scribes in Medieval Scotland
spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations
exist in names of that era. Wachat has been spelled Wishart, Wishard, Wychart, Wisehart, Wisheart, Wiseheart and many more.
Early Notables of the Wachat family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was George Wishart (c.1513-1546) famous reformer and martyr. In 1538, while a schoolmaster at a grammar school in Montrose, he incurred a charge of heresy for teaching the Greek New Testament. After spending some time on... Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wachat Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wachat family to Ireland
Some of the Wachat family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Wachat family to the New World and Oceana
The number of Strathclyde Clan
families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence
allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them: Patrick Wishart settled in Virginia in 1656.