In ancient Scotland
, Wishert was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in Stirling.
Early Origins of the Wishert family
The surname Wishert 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 Wishert family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wishert research.Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1592, 1596, 1597, 1593, 1596, 1649, 1513, 1546, 1538 and 1546 are included under the topic Early Wishert History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wishert 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. Wishert has been spelled Wishart, Wishard, Wychart, Wisehart, Wisheart, Wiseheart and many more.
Early Notables of the Wishert 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 Wishert Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wishert family to Ireland
Some of the Wishert family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Wishert family to the New World and Oceana
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.