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John Nisbet (abt. 1776 - 1849)

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John Nisbet aka Nesbit
Born about in Englandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
Brother of
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Torry, Nigg, Kincardineshire, Scotlandmap
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John Nisbet was born about 1776 apparently England and was buried the 29 Aug 1849 John Nisbet from Torry was interred age 73 (ca 1776) of paralyses. OPR

He was married to Helender (aka Helen aka Eleanor). Helen died 7 Jan 1855, age 82 daughter of Thomas Smeakin, a miller of Berwick and Helen Dickson. She was born in Berwick but lived 49 years in Nigg, widow of John Nisbet, Overseer Salmon Fishing. They had 4 daughters, Isabella aged 54, Margaret aged 50, Helen died 1807 aged 11 and Helen aged 48. [1]

John, he is found in 1841 census 1841 census Village of Torry Nigg (Kincardine) John Nisbet 65 born then ca 1776 place given as England occupation farmer. He is living with Eleanor 65 born then ca 1776 place given as England.

I strongly suspect he is the John born to John Nesbit I strongly suspect he is the brother of Richard Nisbet born about 1769 England[2] Richard married Jane Percy on November 20, 1795 in Tweedmouth, Northumberland, England, parish of Cornhill, Both are born England and living in Nigg.


4 daughters, ages are from mothers death record 1855 OPR

  • Helen aged 11 b ca 1795 died 1807
  • Isabella aged 54 , b ca 1801 Isobel Nisbet Married 31 May 1823 Alexander Forbes Nigg,Kincardine,Scotland OPR
  • Margaret aged 50, b ca 1805 Margaret Nisbet married 28 Apr 1827 Nigg, Kincardine, Scotland to William Wyness Nigg Kincardineshire Scotland OPR
  • Helen aged 48. B ca 1807 sometimes called called Eleanor or Elender Nisbet this parish married 11 Jul 1829 Nigg, Kincardine, Scotland to John Dawson in Parish of St Clements salmon fisher. OPR Elender Nisbet died 19 Apr 1889 age 82 widow of John Dawson salmon fisher[3]


unique Nisbet branch uses different surname variations

Branch Y-DNA

Probably YDNA unique branch no matches to other Nesbitt/Nisbet branches


  • Salmon fisher
  • Salmon fisher overseer
  • farmer
  • sold butter at market


Torry, parish of Nigg, Dec. 29, 1828. To the EDITOR. of the Aberdeen JOURNAL. A Malicious Report, that I, or one of my family, had been detected selling. Butter, deficient of Weight, in the Aberdeen Market, having been spread' in the country., I request you will insert in your Paper the following Certificate, from.the Dean of Guild's Officer. I also offer a REWARD of FIVE POUNDS to any individual who will give such information as may lead to the detection of the person from whom the Report has originated. I am, Sir, Your most obedient servant, JOHN NISBET.
CERTIFICATE. I hereby Certify, that neither John Nisbet, in Torry, nor any one of Ins Family, were found. having Butter deficient in Weight in the Aberdeen Market. GEORGE TURREFF, Dec. 29, 1828. Dean of Guild's Office [4]


Rolls of Male Heads of Families

  • 1834 John Nisbet salmon fisher Torry [5]
  • 1834 Richard Nisbet salmon fisher Torry [6]
  • 1835 John Nisbet tenant Torry [7]
  • 1836 John Nisbet tenant Torry [8]
  • 1837 John Nisbet Tenant Torry [9]
  • 1838 Richard Nisbet innkeeper Torry [10]
  • 1838 John Nisbet tenant Torry [11]
  • 1839 John Nisbet tenant Torry [12]
  • 1841 John Nisbet tenant Torry [13]

1841 census Village of Torry Nigg (Kincardine)

John Nisbet 65 born then ca 1776 place given as England occupation farmer. He is living with Eleanor 65 born then ca 1776 place given as England


Aberdeen Press and Journal November 7, 1849

Desirable Estate and advantageous Investment in the immediate vicinity of Aberdeen
There will be Sold, by Public Roup, within the Offices of Messrs JOHN and ANTHONY BLAIKIE, Aberdeen, on FRIDAY the 21st December next, at 2 o'clock afternoon, THOSE Well-known and Valuable LANDS, comprising TORRY FARM, the Portion of the FARM of FAUGHINCHES situated on the North-East of the Wellington Turnpike, and the line of the Aberdeen Railway, and the CROFT of GROUND possessed by the Heirs of John Nisbet.
Their extent is 229 A. 1 R. 29 P., of which 202 A. 2 R 18 P. are Arable, 4 A. 0. R 1 P. Wood, and the remainder Pasture, Roads, &c. They form a compact and very eligible Property.
Torry Farm is within 20 minutes' walk of the centre of the Town of Aberdeen. The convenience and beauty of its situation, the superior quality of the Lands, and their admirable adaptation for Feuing, make this one of the most desirable investments which has for many years been offered to the public.
The Dwelling-House and Offices on Tony Farm are commodious, and in good repair.
There is a suitable Dwelling-House and Offices on Faughtinches also in good repair.
A Brick and Tile 'Work has recently been established at Torry, which is now in operation. It has been ascertained, by actual boring, that there are on this part of the Property valuable beds of Clay, which can readily be turned to profitable account. [14]

Death & Legacy

see Property possessed by the Heirs of John Nisbet

Research Notes

estimated dates may be a rough estimate based on other events

Parish of Nigg, Scotland was in Kincardineshire but now Aberdeenshire.

Clarifications/Corrections/Confusion/ Claimed/Disputed Origins

I wonder if Smeakin should be Smeaton

Extracts and Documents

To Do


  • OPR=transcribed Old Parish Records for Scotland
  • CH2/555 Rolls of Male Heads of Families In 1834, the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland passed the Veto Act, removing the absolute right of landowners to appoint ministers to their parish. The Act gave male heads of families who were communicants with the parish the right to veto the appointment of a new minister if a majority of them objected. To this end, the Assembly instructed kirk sessions to draw up rolls of the male heads of families in each parish. We have transcribed the surviving rolls, and are publishing them here. They are significant as they pre-date the earliest nominal census, which took place in 1841.
  1. Civil Records Scotland
  2. 1841 census
  3. Civil Records Scotland
  4. Aberdeen Press and Journal December 31, 1828
  5. (NRS Reference: CH2/555/39 pp. 1-8)
  6. (NRS Reference: CH2/555/39 pp. 1-8)
  7. (NRS Reference: CH2/555/3 pp. 303-305)
  8. (NRS Reference: CH2/555/3 pp. 318-320)
  9. (NRS Reference: CH2/555/3 pp. 341-344)
  10. (NRS Reference: CH2/555/3 pp. 350-352)
  11. (NRS Reference: CH2/555/3 pp. 350-352)
  12. (NRS Reference: CH2/555/4 pp. 12-14)
  13. (NRS Reference: CH2/555/4 pp. 52-55)
  14. Aberdeen Press and Journal November 7, 1849

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