The Bisset(t)s were a Norman family who
followed William into England in 1066. They were of high noblility and
at least one branch of the family was invited to take up land in
Scotland in return for helping William the Lyon to retain his crown.
One of these family members was a Sir Walter BISSET(T) Lord of Aboyne
who fell into disfavour when he was reportedly responsible for the death
of his brother in law the young Earl of Athol. For this terrible deed
he was exiled from Scotland. The Bisset(t)s married into several
Scottish families FRASER, GRANT, GORDON, ROSE and Alan of Galloway's
daughter married Sir Walter BISSET(T). Ian Mor McDonald (The Tanist)
was married to a BISSET(T) from the vales of Antrim and their
descendants are now McDonnell, Lord of Antrim. The Antrim BISSET(T)s
were descended from Sir Walter BISSET(T)'s nephew who was also exiled
from Scotland for his supposed part in the death of the Earl of Athol.
This is only a brief understanding of the BISSET(T) families. Current
research is being carried out to link the English families to the
Scottish families carrying the name BISSET(T). It is thought the first
BISSET(T) to enter Scotland was Henricus BISSETT an English noble in
Peter Manuel & wife Marjory (BISSETT)
for the above information.