CD: The House of Wemyss: A Thousand Year History


This comprehensive genealogical history of the Wemyss/Weems family in Scotland and the United States is the first such book written in the 20th century. Divided into five sections, the book opens with an account of Duncan (c.1001-1040), the famous Scottish king, follows the royal line to Michael of Methil (c.1165-1214), the recognized patriarch of all Wemyss descendants, and continues through David Wemyss of Wemyss (c.1535-1597).

The next section follows the Wemyss of Wemyss line from 1600 to the present. The third section records a second Wemyss line, known as the Baronetcy because Sir James Wemyss of Bogie, from whom it descends, held the titles of third Baronet of Wemyss and first Baronet of Bogie. It is from this line that most of the Weems families in America can trace their descent. Three of Sir James' children-Williamina, David and James-emigrated from Scotland to Maryland in the 18th century, and many of their descendants now live in Texas, Illinois and elsewhere in America.

The fourth section covers yet another line, known as the Earldom or the Wemyss-Charteris family, which broke from the Wemyss of Wemyss line after a bitter dispute in the early 18th century.

The last section is a brief, narrative history of a deWeymes branch that settled in Venice. The author includes a number of simplified genealogical charts which help the reader keep track of all the individuals discussed in the anecdote-filled text. Many other, smaller branches of the family and lines of descent are recognized and discussed. The author strives to give well-reasoned explanations of his conclusions wherever documentary proof is lacking. A bibliography is included.

Sir Thomas Wemyss-Kessler

1996, CD, Graphic Images, Adobe Acrobat, PC and Mac, index, 180 pp.

ISBN: 9780788421938