I myself live in Glasgow, look forward to seeing Scottish members in here, sharing their experiences, living with CMT.
Wow! I felt a kindred spirit in you! Just now saw this post.
I'm of Scots-Irish decent. My maiden name is Nisbett. My father's family were of Edinburg Scotland and were distant cousins of Mary Queen of Scots, I'm told. I've never been to Scotland, but on my "bucket list" and my husband has said he wants to bring me to Europe one day. He was 17 and traveled and did his first college in Bricketwood, England and has wanted to share that part of his life by bringing me there.
Who knows maybe one day we shall meet in person!
It really is a small world CM, and who knows, maybe we will meet one day. I love visiting our capital, Edinburgh is indeed a beautiful city, as is Glasgow of course.
Our family castle still stands Nisbett Castle; I have cousins who have visited there and brought me a picture framed of it back to hang in our family study!
I will have to visit your family castle one day CM, I’ve never been there.
James Nisbett, Dean of the Guild of Wrights 1726-38, was the ancestor of the Nisbetts of Cairnhill died in 1849.
Another account of the name
The lowland family of Nesbitt or Nisbet has its roots in the county of Berwickshire, in the Scottish Borders. Like the families of Home and Swinton, its descent can be traced from Gospatric, Earl of Northumbria (d. 1073). In 1139 King David I confirmed a charter (now in the archives of Durham Cathedral) granting the lands of Nisbet to Aldan de Nisbet, the founder of the line of Nisbet of Nisbet (i.e. Nisbet of that Ilk). Interestingly, until the 16th century, the lands are most often spelt Nesbit, which has a claim to be the original spelling. No fewer that 42 variant spellings of Nisbet have been identified, including Nisbett, Nesbitt, Nesbitt, Naisbitt and Nisbeth.
In the 12th century, castles were built by the Nisbet family at West Nisbet, two miles south of the town of Duns, and at East Nisbet, now known as Allanbank, southeast of Duns on the Blackadder Water. The castle at East Nisbet has long gone, but at West Nisbet the original pele tower was incorporated into the east end of a magnificent new fortified mansion house, built by Sir Alexander Nisbet of that Ilk (c. 1580-1660) in the 1630s. Nisbet House still stands, with an eighteenth century tower (with fine interior plasterwork) added to its west end. The house is in private ownership
Very interesting CM, my husband is a very keen historian, I may suggest to him that we have a drive through to Edinburgh, sometime in the New Year.