Early Origins of the Wemyss family
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.
Early History of the Wemyss family
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Wemyss Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Wemyss family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was John Weemes (Weemse, Wemyss) (c.1579-1636), a minister at Church of Scotland
scholar and exegete, educated at the University of St Andrews, appointed minister of Hutton, Berwickshire
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Migration of the Wemyss family to Ireland
Some of the Wemyss family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Wemyss family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Wemyss Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Fredrick John Wemyss, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- John Wemyss, aged 41, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
- Catherine Wemyss, aged 47, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
- David Wemyss, aged 9, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
- Catherine Wemyss, aged 7, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
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Contemporary Notables of the name Wemyss (post 1700)
- 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
The Wemyss Motto
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.