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The surname Wemyss was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from very ancient times as Lords of the Castle of Wemyss, so named from the Gaelic word Uamch (a cave) derived from the lands and cliffs in which caves abound on the seashore.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wemyss, Weems, Wemys, Wemes and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wemyss research. Another 375 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1251, 1286, 1484, 1605, 1608, 1609, 1617, 1596, 1617, 1669, 1625, 1672, 1579, 1636, 1608, 1649, 1610, 1679, 1659, 1705, 1678, 1720, 1657 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Wemyss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the Clan at this time was John Weemes (Weemse, Wemyss) (c.1579-1636), a minister at Church of Scotland, Hebrew scholar and exegete, educated at the University of St Andrews, appointed minister of Hutton, Berwickshire in 1608; John Wemyss (died 1649), the 1st Earl of Wemyss and Lord High Commissioner to...

Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wemyss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Wemyss family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wemyss Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Wemyss, who landed in America in 1784

Wemyss Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Fredrick John Wemyss landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Wemyss, aged 41, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Catherine Wemyss, aged 47, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • David Wemyss, aged 9, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Catherine Wemyss, aged 7, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
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  • David Wemyss (1721-1787), 6th Earl of Wemyss
  • Jean Margaret Wemyss (1926-1987), original name of Margaret Laurence, the Canadian novelist
  • Kathy Wemyss, Australian musician
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Je pense
Motto Translation: I Think.

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    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    10. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
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