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The surname of WILLISHER is a variant of the name Wiltshire which was a locational name - from the shire so called. In the middle ages it was customary for a man to be named after the village where he held his land: this name identified his whole family and followed him wherever he moved. It could have been his place of birth, or the name of his land-holding. Early records of the name mention Michael de Wyltshire who was documented in the year 1273 in County Cambridge and Almaric de Wiltshire appears in the year 1213 in County Wiltshire. Almaric de Wiltshire was recorded in 1313 in County Somerset and Richard Willshire of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Later instances of the name include John Cane and Marye Wilshire who were married at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in the year 1653. John Wiltshire married Ann Hazell, St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1794.

The surname of FLETCHER was an occupational name 'the fletcher' a maker and seller of arrows. In 1416 the pattern makers petitioned the House of Commons to have restored to them the use of 'a tymber called aspe' so that the Flecchers throughout the realm may sell their arrows at a more 'esy prise'. Early records of the name mention Ralph le Fleccer, 1273 County Norfolk. Robertus Fleger of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Stephanus Fletcher, 1379, ibid. Though not of old-standing in Scotland, the Fletchers were among the most ancient and reputable of the English barons, those of Salton and Inverpeffer being direct descendants of Sir Bernard Fletcher of the county of York. John Flechyr held land in Roxburgh, circa 1338, and appears to be one of the earliest on record in Scotland. Henry Flesher was the burgess of Forfar in 1374, and Malcom Flescher was citizen of Brechin in 1482. Nicholas Flegair was documented as the chaplain in Arbroath in 1464. Archibald Flegger was recorded as a witness in Glasgow in the year 1539.

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last updated on: September 13 2018

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