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Where did the Scottish Wachat family come from? What is the Scottish Wachat family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wachat family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wachat family history?

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.

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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.

First found in Stirlingshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wachat research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1250, 1254, 1279, 1296, 1513, 1538, 1546, 1592, 1593, 1596, and 1597 are included under the topic Early Wachat History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wachat Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Wachat family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 224 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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The Wachat Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wachat Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 27 October 2010 at 14:05.

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