Dr. David Wishart (1943 – )

Wishart Tree No. 004

Born: 5 July 1943 – London, England

The son of a serving officer of the Royal Air Force, David was educated at Kilburn Grammar School and the University of St Andrews, graduating with BSc in Mathematics and Physics and PhD in Computer Science.

After university he joined the Civil Service, first as a Statistician, rising to Director of Statistics at the Scottish Office, then as Assistant Secretary in Further Education, Social Work and Criminal Legal Aid.

On leaving the Civil Service he returned to St Andrews in 1998 as an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Management. There he studies the Scotch Whisky Industry, and has published Whisky Classified: Choosing Single Malts by Flavour. Now in its third edition, Whisky Classified has been translated into ten languages.

David now spends much of his time giving talks and tutored tastings of single malt whiskies. In 2006 he was appointed a Keeper of the Quaich.

When his sons required a kilt for a special event at school, David decided it was time to design one for the Wishart family. Two designs, Wishart Hunting and Wishart Dress (below), were registered in 1990 and woven. Other members of the family soon asked to wear the tartans, and the Wishart Society was created by David to market them. It now has a website www.wishart.org where there is much information about the Wishart family, including news of events such as George Wishart’s Quincentenary, and the family’s history.