The age-old Scottish surname Washer was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people. The Washer family lived in Stirling.
Early Origins of the Washer family
The surname Washer 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 Washer family
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Washer Spelling Variations
In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. Washer has been spelled Wishart, Wishard, Wychart, Wisehart, Wisheart, Wiseheart and many more.
Early Notables of the Washer 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 Washer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Washer family to Ireland
Some of the Washer family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Washer family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Washer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Washer, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
Washer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Washer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
Contemporary Notables of the name Washer (post 1700)
- Philippe Washer (1924-2015), Belgian tennis player