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

(1) When this page was first preparead we suggested 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. Unfortunately, when we checked that link on 09.12.21 we found that kit no longer worked. We hope to find where that information was moved to in due course.
(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 Philip was a brother of Sir Alexander.
  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/around 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) Elizabeth Nisbet
  m. (mcrt 07.01.1550) John Sleycht
  m2. Jonet Dalzell (dau of Robert Dalzell of that ilk)

Main source(s): '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
[What used to be the lower section of this page has been expanded and absorbed by Nisbet3.]
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