Wisharts in the 1851 UK Census (Excluding Ireland)

In total there were 1836 people bearing the Wishart surname enumerated in the 1851 United Kingdom census (excluding Ireland.)  Most of the following data was compiled by Scott Wishart, who spent many hours between 2002 and 2005 trawling through microfilm of census returns looking for Wisharts.  Where available, he was able to use published indexes by family history societies, and more recently, as a result of the digitisation of the records, has cross-referenced many of his findings with those published online.  In terms of an overview of the surname, the 1851 census provides a far more complete picture than the 1841 census, when many folios from Fife (a Wishart ‘stronghold’) were lost in the journey across the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh.  Of course there will undoubtedly be individuals who were not enumerated at all for one reason or another, some of whom are likely to ‘appear’ ten years later in 1861.  From the database, the following statistics have been created, and please click on a county name to see a list of all Wisharts enumerated in those locations.

 

Scotland

England & Wales

County (Scotland)

Number of Wisharts

County (England)

Number of Wisharts

Aberdeenshire
124
Cumberland
10
Ayrshire
20
Devon
16
Banffshire
2
Durham
32
Bute
22
Essex
1
Caithness
4
Herefordshire
1
Clackmannanshire
10
Kent
13
Dumfriesshire
29
Lancashire
17
Dunbartonshire
3
Lincolnshire
1
Edinburghshire (Midlothian)
154
Middlesex (London)
51
Fife
478
Northumberland
15
Forfarshire (Angus)
166
Nottinghamshire
1
Haddingtonshire (East Lothian)
8
Surrey
11
Inverness
47
Yorkshire (East Riding)
2
Kincardineshire
46
Yorkshire (West Riding)
5
Kinross-shire
26
Kirkcudbright
2
Lanarkshire
145
Linlithgowshire (West Lothian)
16
Morayshire
1
Nairn
1
Orkney
114
Perthshire
86
Renfrewshire
56
Ross & Cromarty
11
Roxburghshire
2
Shetland
79
Stirlingshire
6
Wigtownshire
2

30 Most Common Wishart Occupations in 1851

Occupation

Number of Wisharts

Occupation

Number of Wisharts

Weavers (Not Flax)
122
Blacksmiths
12
Domestic & General Servants
62
Annuitants
11
Agricultural & Farm Labourers
49
Millers
10
Labourers (Not Farm)
32
Fishermen
9
Farmers
29
House Keepers
9
Flax Workers
29
Engineers
8
Coal Miners
25
Cabinet Makers
7
Shoemakers
24
Seamen & Mariners
7
Paupers
24
Wrights
7
Masons
21
Sawyers
6
Joiners
18
Slaters
6
Dressmakers
16
Tailors
6
Carpenters
13
Gardeners
5
Grocers
13
Coopers
5
Bakers
13
Cooks
3