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Families covered: Nisbet of Carfin (Carphin), Nisbet of Dalzell, Nisbet of Greenholme, Nisbet of (West) Nisbet, Nesbit of York

(1) We suggest that anyone who is particularly interested in this family should visit valacar.net where some useful information on this family may be found, including part of the 'NisbetPlates' which is one of the Main Sources used for this page.
(2) The family name of Nisbet or Nesbit (spelt with various combinations not only of i & b & ai but also with single/double b & t) is thought to be a local name derived from lands in Berwickshire. The first thought to be a definite ancestor of this family, though it is possible that he has been confused with his father who may have been another Adam, was ...
Adam de Nisbet of Nisbet (a temp David II who r. 1329-1371) succeeded by ...
1. Philip Nisbet of that ilk
  A. Adam Nisbet of that ilk (a 1420)
  i. ?? Nisbet (dvp?)
  The above comes from Nisbet's 'A System of Heraldry'. 'NisbetPlates' appears not to support it fully by showing the following Philip as succeeding Adam (a 1480) successor to Philip (a 1442) son of Adam (a 1442, 1467). 'A System of Heraldry' then shows Philip (m. Helen Ruherford) succeeded by Alexander father of George father of Philip (m. dau of Haldane of Gleneagles). The next few generations come from 'Heraldic Plates'.
  a. Philip Nisbet of that ilk (a 1489, d after 10.1522)
  m. Elene Rutherford (a 1506, dau of Robert Rutherford of Chatto by Margaret Glendonwyn) .
  (1) Adam Nisbet of that ilk (d before 22.06.1530)
m. Lucie Rutherford (dau of George Rutherford of Hundalee)
  (A) Philip Nisbet of West Nisbet of that ilk
  m1. (11.1524) Marioa Hoppringill (dau of William Hoppringill of Torwoodie)
  m2. Elizabeth (probably not Isobel) Home (dau of David Home of Wedderburn by Alison, sister of Archibald Douglas, 5th Earl of Angus)
  Not clear which wife was mother of ...
  (i) Adam Nisbet of that ilk (a 1540, dsp?)
  (ii) George Nisbet of that ilk (d 14.01.1600)
m. (after 05.1551) Elizabeth Cranstoun (a 01.1600, dau of Cuthbert Cranstoun of Thirlestane Mains by Isobell Hume)
  (a) Sir Philip Nisbet of that ilk (d before 07.1630)
  m. (mcrt 11.03.1581-2) Elizabeth Haldane (dau of John Haldane of Gleneagles by Elizabeth Lundy)
((1)) Sir Alexander Nisbet of (West) Nisbet, Sheriff of Berwickshire (a 1625)
  m. (by 10.1609) Katherine Swinton (dau of (Robert) Swinton of that ilk by Katharine, dau of William Hay, Lord Yester)
  ((A)) Sir Philip Nisbet of Nisbet , Governor of Newark (d 28.10.1645/6, Colonel)
  ((B)) John Nisbet in England father of Catherine, possibly the John who married ...
  m. Eleanor Wybergh (b 1627, dau of Thomas Wybergh of Clifton Hall & St. Bees, m2. Lord Swinton) possibly mother of ...
  ((i)) Catherine Nisbet
  m. William Brown in Chirnside (son of George of Blackburn)
  ((C)) Adam Nisbet (d 06.02.1674, youngest son)
  m. (24.03.1653) Janet Aikenhead (a 1674, dau of Alexander Aikenhead (WS, son of David, Provost of Edinburgh) by Helen, dau of John Trotter, 1st of Mortonhall)
  ((i)) Alexander Nisbet of Nisbet (bpt 23.04.1657, d unm 1725, antiquarian, heraldist, author)
  ((ii))+ other issue - Adam (bpt 01.09.1661), Adam (bpt 14.06.1663), John (bpt 03.01.1669), Elizabeth (bpt 12.02.1654), Margaret( bpt 29.04.1656), Catherine (bpt 06.06.1658), Marione (bpt 02.10.1659), Janet (bpt 05.02.1665, a 1674), Helene (bpt 18.11.1666)
  ((D))+ other issue - Alexander (d 1644, Major), Robert (d 04.1650, Colonel), Jeane, Elizabeth, Kathren, Margaret, Helene
  ((2)) Philip Nisbet or Nesbet of Easington, co. Durham (d c1658)
  The following comes from Visitation (Dugdale, Yorkshire, 1665, 'Nesbit of Yorke') which shows that a brother of Sir Alexander was ...
  m. Elizabeth Hoyle of Slaughit near Halifax
  ((A)) Philip Nesbit (d 1663, rector of Kirklington)
  m. Susan Hemminway of York
  ((i))+ issue (a 09.1665) - Philip, Obadiah, Joseph, Susan, Elizabeth
  ((B)) Thomas Nesbit of York (b 1622-3, a 09.1665)
  m. Isabell Cholmeley (dau of John Cholmeley of Braham)
  ((i))+ issue (a 09.1665) - John (b 1656-7), Thomas, Elizabeth, Isabell, Mary
  ((C)) Alexander Nesbit of Hutton Bushell
  ((i)) Philip Nesbit
((D)) William Nesbit (d unm)
  ((3)) Thomas Nisbet
  m. Agnes Purves
  ((A)) Philip Nisbet of Ladykirk
  ((i)) James Nisbet in Edinburgh (d 1684)
  m. (mcrt 04.02.1680) Marie Hay
  ((a)) Margaret Nisbet
  m. John Veitch of Dawick
  ((B)) Catherine Nesbit
  m1. _ Dickson of Belchester
  m2. (sp) Henry Home of Heardridge (brother of James, 3rd Earl of Home)
  ((B))+ other issue - Thomas of Edinburgh (dsp 165-), David (a 1672)
  ((4)) David Nisbet of Dunbar (d before 16.06.1658)
  ((A)) Philip Nisbel (a 1658)
  ((5)) Margaret Nisbet
  m. _ Mow of Mowismaynes
  (b) Elizabeth Nisbet (d 08.1655)
  m. William Murray, younger of Rommanois
  (c)+ other issue - David, Alexander (a 1597), Robert (a 1592), Thomas (a 1606)
  (iii) David Nisbet of Lukeshiellis & Cockburnsheillis
  (B) George Nisbet
  (i) John Nisbet
  (2) George Nisbet of Dalzell, Lanarkshire
  George purchased Dalzell on 02.08.1513 from John Nesbit of Dalzell of a branch of the family that had held lands in/arouind Dalzell since the beginning of the 14th century.
  m1. Agnes Hamilton (d 1575, dau of _ Hamilton of Broomhill)
(A) David Nisbet of Dalzell (a 1574)
  m. (mcrt 15.09.1559) Isobel Leith (dau of _ Leith by Marioun Reidpeth)
  (i) Robert Nisbet of Dalzell
  m. Margaret Weir
  (a) Robert Nisbet (a 1606)
  m. Margaret Dalzell
  ((1)) Robert Nisbet, last of Dalzell (a 1632)
  m. Rachel Nisbet
  ((2)) Marioune Nisbet
  (b) Gavin Nisbet (a 1618)
  (c) George Nisbet (d 03.11.1605)
  m. Jane Tod
  ((1)) Marioune Nisbet
  (ii) Jane Nisbet
  m. Alexander Greinsheillis in Muirhouse
  (B) Thomas Nisbet in Flemington
  (i) Helen Nisbet
  (C) George Nisbet
  (i) Robert Nisbet
  (D) Philip Nisbet
  (i)+ issue - Margaret, Marioune
  (E) Elizabetrh Nisbet
  m. (mcrt 07.01.1550) John Sleycht
  m2. Jonet Dalzell (dau of Robert Dalzell of that ilk)



Paterson reports that the following family are "descended of Nisbet of that ilk". Thought to be descended from an early branch was ...
Alexander Nisbet, later of Greenholme in Loudon, Ayrshire
m. Margaret Nisbet (sister of John of Greenhome (dsp c1577) and James of Greenholme (dsp before 11.1578)) presumed parents of ...
1. Alexander Nisbet of Greenholme
  m. Margaret Lockhart (d 02.1612) presumed parents of ...
  A. Robert Nisbet of Greenholme
  m. Barbara
  i. Archibald Nisbet of Greenholme (b 06.10.1689, d 25.09.1754)
  m. (1727) Elizabeth Higg of Harcarse (b c1710, d 23.08.1756)
  a.+ 6 sons (including David, 4th son) + 4 daughters
ii.+ other issue - William (minister of Tarbolton), 4 sons, 4 daughters
  Alexander Nisbet, the heraldist, reports that Nisbet of Carphin was descended from this family. We speculate, arbitrarily, that the connection came as follows.
  B. Archibald Nisbet of Carfin (Carphin)
  m. Amelia Stewart (dau of Archibald Stewart of Dunearn) wife of (an) Archibald, possibly mother of ...
  i. Archibald Nisbet of Carfin (Carphin)
  m. Jean Baillie (dau of Thomas Baillie of Polkemmet) wife of (an) Archibald, presumed mother of ...
  a. Archibald Nisbet of Carfin probably of this generation, d 20.10.1807?
  m. Grizel Carmichael (dau of Daniel Carmichael of Mauldsley) wife or (an) Archibald (d 20.10.1807), possibly mother of ...
(1) Archibald Nisbet of Carfin, later of Mauldsley mentioned in TSP (vol 4, 'Carmichael, Earl of Hyndford', pp592&597)
  (2) Jane Nisbet
  m. (10.02.1812) Thomas Gordon, 2nd of Harperfield (d 1832, Lt. Colonel)
  b. Mary Nisbet (d 30.03.1812) probably of this generation
  m. James Hamilton, 2nd of Stevenston (b 1745, a 1783)
  c. Elizabeth Nisbet probably of this generation
  m. William Hamilton (b 1748, d 1802)
  ii. Katherine Nisbet (d 08.1738) possibly of this generation
  m. (1695) John Inglis of Langbyres & Auchindinny (b 1663, d 31.01.1731)

Main source(s):
(1) For upper section: 'A System of Heraldry' by Alexander Nisbet (vol 1, 1816, p313+), 'NisbetPlates' which is 'Alexander Nisbet's Heraldic Plates with introduction & notes' by Andrew Ross & Francis Grant (1892) with input/support as reported above
(2) For lower section: 'History of the Counties of Ayr and Wigton' (vol 3, part 2, 1866, p553+) by James Paterson with connections from cross-references from elsewhere in the database
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