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In ancient Scotland, Wishert was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in Stirling.

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

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. Wishert 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 Wishert 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 Wishert 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 Wishert Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Wishert 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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Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them: Patrick Wishart settled in Virginia in 1656.

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  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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  6. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
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The Wishert Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wishert 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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