The Wishart Society is run by Wisharts for Wisharts and exists to support members of the Wishart Family throughout the world. Based in the United Kingdom, we can help you search for your family tree, provide historical information about famous Wisharts, supply the Wishart Tartans and Crest, and so on. Originally from Normandy, Wisharts have been in the British Isles for almost a thousand years, with the surname in its current form first appearing in Scotland, from where most Wisharts can claim their ancestral roots.
The original Society website was the brainchild of Dr. David Wishart (WIS0004) who ran it for over twenty years. The new incarnation is the amalgamation of wishart.org, wishartconnections.org and the Wishart Great War Project websites (wishart1418.org.)
Wishart newsletters are published several times a year so please use the sign up form if you would like to join our mailing list.
Perhaps our most famous ancestor is George Wishart (WIS0014), the Protestant Martyr (pictured left). He was born at Pitarrow House in 1513, and burnt at the stake in St Andrews on March 1st, 1546. To find out more, click here.
Bishop Robert Wishart (WIS0025) joined the patriotic party in 1297 and became one of the leading statesmen on the side of William Wallace and Robert Bruce in the war of independence. At King Robert’s coronation at Scone on 27 March 1306, Bishop Wishart is said to have supplied the robes from his own wardrobe in which King Robert was crowned.