Genealogy A-Z Challenge- Surnames

Genealogy A-Z Challenge- Surnames

Letter B  – BISSET


John Bisset

John BISSET was presumed to be born in the parish of Clunie (per marriage record). He married Margaret Cook on the 16th February 1781 in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland.

John Bisset and Margaret Cook 1781

Marriage record of John Bisset and Margaret Cook 1781

Sometime between 1781 and the 11th May, 1812 (when he died) the couple moved to Longforgan, Perthshire which is now just outside of Dundee. Both John and his wife Margaret are buried in Invergowrie. A record of his burial shows that a mortcloth was hired for the burial.

John was recorded as a labourer. He and Margaret had 7 children, the youngest being David BISSET (our direct ancestor). When David died in 1863 his death certificate records his parents as John Bisset and Margaret Cook, thereby confirming his parentage. David was a stonemason. There was a quarry near Invergowrie called Kingoody (Kingoodie) where a lot of men worked. Maybe this was why his father came to this area.

Sadly, on David’s death record it states that he was paralyzed for 4 years. I wonder if he had been injured on the job?

David was married to Mary Runciman. One of their daughters, Margaret Bisset (1811-1884) married another stonemason called John McGregor. John had come all the way from Kinclaven, Perthshire to work in the area so I’m seeing a pattern of labourers and masons going where they could find work and settling there.

Margaret Bisset and John McGregor had a daughter called Susan McGregor. We are so lucky to have a photo of Susan McGregor (married FORRET). She was born in 1848. She spent her whole life living in a place called Mylnefield Feus which is now called Invergowrie. HER husband was also a stonemason. He’s the one, in a previous post, that left the family and came here to Canada.  Here is a photo of Susan Forret (who’s mother was Margaret BISSET)


Susan Forret (nee McGregor) 1848-1912

About tiesthatbindsite

I'm a genealogist with a passion for Scottish and English ancestry. I'm trilingual so I can also do research in French Canadian records and Italian records. My love for family history began 35 years ago and continues to grow every day. My family is very important to me and I hope to instill in them a love for "where they came from" so that they can better understand who they are. I also want to share my love of family history with anyone who understands how important it is to not lose site of their ancestors. They all have a story to tell.
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10 Responses to Genealogy A-Z Challenge- Surnames

  1. ScotSue says:

    The surname Bisset attracted me, as I once worked beside a girl with that surname. What a dreadful accident experienced by David – as you suggest this could well have resulted from his work as a stonemason. The photograph of Susan Ferret is beautiful.

    Family History Fun


    • Yes, Sue, it is beautiful! If you look at the previous post I did on the FORRET family, you will see her as a much younger mother with 5 children…looking sad 😦
      I sent this photo to the administrator of the Invergowrie and Kingoodie Facebook page and he said it was the oldest photo they now have of a resident from there!


  2. Wendy says:

    I am always glad to find a death record, not just for the facts about dates and parents, etc, but to satisfy my morbid curiosity about the death itself. Dying from exhaustion of old age is one thing, but seeing a number of family members with a similar ailment can be very illuminating. Accidents can alert us to another story to look for.


    • So true! It wasn’t until I wrote this post that I realized there could be more to the story of David Bisset’s death. I’ll scheck some newspaper sources to see if an accident is mentioned.


  3. My uncle has delved into our family’s European roots. It’s really interesting but I would love to know more about their daily lives and what they went through to get to America.
    Susan Says


    • European research is much harder especially if another language is involved. I’m lucky that I read/write Italian and French. The best place to start is with your uncle’s information and check what resources are available online. What part of Europe were they from?


  4. julieweathers2014 says:

    She is beautiful. I’m impressed you could find so much information. That was fascinating.


  5. I only know my family history back a generation or two, depending on whose side of the family. I know less about my dad’s family because I grew up near my mother’s.

    What a lovely photo. She looks like such a pleasant soul.

    The Really Real Housewives


    • I think she must have been very kind. She was abandoned by her husband and raised her 5 children herself afterwards. You should start asking any elderly aunts or uncles any information about your ancestors and write it down. They are the best resources and once they’re gone, the priceless information they have is gone with them!


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