History Of The
The Ancient Bissett's have a remarkable past, as told in the book "The History of the Beauly Priory". A terrible incident is recorded in the book, which the author claims is most likely circumstantial. After loosing a joust to another, a Bissett burned the fellow's castle down and killed him in his sleep. Insufficient evidence led to the family only being bannished from Scotland, hence an Irish line of Bissetts.
Regardless, we Bissett's were mostly known for our charity, having used much of our wealth for leper homes and churches, the Beauly Priory being one of the more famous.
Here are a few scanned images of the book "History of the Beauly Priory" by Edmund Chisholm Battan. It was written in 1877 and contains an ancient history of the priory, inculding the founder's family, John Byset. The book actually has two titles. On the outside it is simply called "The History of the Beauly Priory". On the title page, there is a much longer title:
PRIORY OF BEAULY
NOTICES OF THE PRIORIES OF
PLUSCARDINE AND ARDCHATTAN
THE FAMILY OF THE FOUNDER
This book was written by Edmund Chisholm Batten, who claimed to have chosen the subject as his
Our family has two copies of this book. Each book was bound by hand which produced some interesting differences. The outer cover on one book has a crest with two stags and a lion. The other book has a shield that matches the shield on the title page. The shields on the title pages in both books are the same. The publisher was M'Farlane and Erkines Edinburg, Scotland. I haven't been able to find much about them.
(NOTE: Some of these files are quite large and take a while to download or open. Months. Possibly years. But, they're worth it!)