Nisbet of Mersington and Lambden

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NISBET of Mersington and Lambden Mersington was sold during the childhood of Mr. Thomas Mordaunt Nisbet of Pitlochry. A distinguished member of this family is his son, Colonel Thomas Nisbet, C.M.G., D.S.O., who has served in Europe, India, Somaliland and elsewhere. He achieved distinction in the European War 1914-18 and was Director-in-Chief of the Repatriation and Relief of Refugees, Syria and Palestine, in 1919. He retired in 1927. Ref: NN of that Ilk


PROPERTY and Early People Mersington

  • Claimed to have belonged to the Kerrs
  • 1667 to Sir Alexander Swinton, Lord Mersington (1621x30?–1700), judge, was probably born between 1621 and 1630, the second son of Sir Alexander Swinton (c.1600–1652) of Swinton in Merse, Berwickshire, and his wife, Margaret, daughter of James Home of Framepath and St Bothans

Alexander Swinton (abt.1625-1700)

  • 1703 Robert Clark (Clerk). 27 Sep 1703
  • 1733 Bells of Woolsington -Matthew Bell who bought Woolsington Hall b1677-d 1748 Matthew Bell was of Mersington Berwickshire Scotland and a merchant draper in Newcastle. Ann daughter of Thomas Salkeld of the Side in Newcastle was his second wife, the first being Frances Johnson Jamison or Jennison widow.
  • 1796 Mr Thomas Nisbet 1796 5 Jul 1796 Thomas Nisbet Mersington [1]

Mersington House near Greenlaw, located in the foothills of the Lammermuir Hills on Blackadder Water at the junction of the A697 and the A6105 in the Scottish Borders of Scotland. Mersington House was built in 1865. Although the identity of the architect is unknown, the design of the house bears similarities to the work of a local architect, WJ Gray. The two storey and attic house is built in Tudor style, and features extensive use of timber on the exterior and interior. There is also some decorative plasterwork inside the house, a further characteristic of this style.


  • 1661 George Home (Hoome, Hume). 1 Jul 1661
  • 1676 Sir William Purves (Purvis). 18 Nov 1676
  • 1757 Alexander Purves (Purvis). 6 Aug 1757
  • The Lambden estate was owned by the Nisbet family during the 19th century
  • 1865 Lambden, a mansion in Greenlaw parish, Berwickshire, 3 ½ miles SE of the town. Its owner, James Nisbet, Esq. (b. 1841; suc. 1861), holds 555 acres in the shire, valued at £1000 per annum.—Ord. Sur., sh. 25, 1865
  • 1917 purchased by David Paton Thomson in 1917 as a country retreat


Known Errors Claimed in error believed the Mersington family that they are direct descendants of Sir John Nisbet, Lord Dirleton. As all the sons of Sir John Nisbet, Lord Dirleton died young and he was only survivied by a daughter, there is no male line connection.


  • NRS-SIG1/145/63 Signature of the lands of Mersington granted to Alexander Swinton (Swintoun). 8 Mar 1667
  • NRS-SIG1/28/48 Signature of the lands of Mersington granted to Robert Clark (Clerk). 27 Sep 1703
  • NRS-SIG1/17/21 Signature of the lands of Mersington etc granted to Matthew Bell. 22 Jun 1733
  • NRS-SIG1/75/73 Signature of the lands of Lambden etc granted to George Home (Hoome, Hume). 1 Jul 1661
  • SIG1/131/91 Signature of the lands of Lambden etc granted to Sir William Purves (Purvis). 18 Nov 1676
  • NRS-SIG1/134/9 Signature of the lands of Lambden granted to Alexander Purves (Purvis). 6 Aug 1757

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  1. National Archives of Scotland SIG2/34/38


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