Welcome to the new Wishart Society Website!

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.

Wishart DNA Project

The DNA Project was set up in 2010 to facilitate knowledge and understanding of how Wishart lineages relate by combining Y-Chromosome DNA data and traditional documentary evidence.

Surname History

George F. Black records the Wishart surname as ….the same as the old French name Guischard which derives from the old French word Wischard, meaning ‘prudent’, ‘sagacious,’

Family Tree

Are you a Wishart, or descended from Wisharts? If so then you are one of the lucky ones and we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch via our contact form and we shall reply as soon as possible.

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Wishart Family Tree Database

The origins of the Wishart family tree database began with a chance encounter in 1974, when the late Jack Wishart (WIS0001) – an officer in the Royal Army Educational Corps, was posted to the Ministry of Defence in London and attended a diplomatic reception in Lancaster House. While chatting to a colleague, Major David Boobbyer, he inquired about his unusual name. Major Boobbyer replied that it was Cornish and there were few of them about. Jack said something similar about Wishart, and how the English can neither spell nor pronounce it properly – they say Wise Heart or WishART, whereas the Scots say WISHart. Major Boobbyer demurred, explaining that a neighbour of his was a Wishart and they both knew how to pronounce it correctly.

This chance remark by Major Boobbyer inspired Jack to write to the neighbour expressing an interest in where he came from and whether they were related. The neighbour turned out to be Scott Wishart (WIS0042), a retired pharmacist from Montrose in Scotland. He gave Jack his family tree, which had been compiled by a relative, and his brother’s address in Perth. So, on his next return to Scotland, Jack visited Scott’s brother David Wishart who readily volunteered more Wishart data.

Jack also quizzed his father about their forebears and began visiting New Register House, Edinburgh to search the statutory records of births, marriages and deaths for Scotland. Gradually he sketched out the details of his family. However, one name eluded him – his grandfather’s twin brother (and it took him until 2005 to find him)! Jack trawled wider and wider, collecting all the Wisharts he could find, and so the family database was started.

The Wishart Tartans

The Wishart Hunting Tartan is predominantly green and dark blue, with mid-blue, yellow, black and white threads.  Our tartan is woven in top quality worsted cloth, using pure new wool, by Lochcarron Scottish Craftsmen – our appointed weavers in the Scottish Borders.

® Wishart Hunting Tartan was registered with the Scottish Tartans Authority on 26 June 1990 and is listed in the International Tartans Index no. 1992 here.

® Wishart Hunting Tartan was registered with the UK Patent Office on 22 April 2003 and is recorded in the International Design Classification no. 3012258 here.

The Wishart Hunting Tartan is also available in 2-ply Thai silk.

The Wishart Dress Tartan is predominantly red and dark blue, with mid-blue, yellow, black and white threads. Our tartan is woven in top quality worsted cloth, using pure new wool, by Lochcarron Scottish Craftsmen – our appointed weavers in the Scottish Borders.

® Wishart Dress Tartan was registered with the Scottish Tartans Authority on 26 June 1990 and is listed in the International Tartans Index no. 1993 here.

® Wishart Dress Tartan was registered with the UK Patent Office on 22 April 2003 and is recorded in the International Design Classification no. 3012259 here.

The Wishart Dress Tartan is also available in 2-ply Thai silk.

This website is dedicated to the memory of Lt Col Jack Gillespie Wishart

1939 – 2015
Lt Col Jack Gillespie Wishart (1939 - 2015)