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In ancient Scotland, the first people to use Wishard as a surname were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name someone who lived in Stirling.

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The surname Wishard was first found in Stirlingshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations in a single document. Wishard has been spelled Wishart, Wishard, Wychart, Wisehart, Wisheart, Wiseheart and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wishard 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 Wishard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Wishard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Wishard 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wishard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Wishard was registered as a soldier at St. John's, Newfoundland in 1778
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  • D. Roy Wishard, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940, 1948
  • Albert W. Wishard, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Indiana, 1897-1901
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    1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    4. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    7. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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    The Wishard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wishard 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.

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