About Us

The Nesbitt/Nisbet Society

In 1981, the Nesbitt/Nisbet Society of North America was founded by Professor John Nesbitt of Iowa City, Iowa, USA. The Society is proud to assist you with your genealogical research of the Nesbitt/Nisbet (N/N) families regardless of its spelling. There are many variations in spelling with some of the earliest being Nesebyt, Nesebyte, Nesebyth, and Nisbet which is still used in Scotland today.

The N/N Society also strives to identify, acknowledge and to preserve our N/N heritage whenever possible. We encourage all members to become more active within the Society whether it be attending the annual gathering of the Clan, your participation at highland festivals and/or games that are offered throughout North America, or just supporting and promoting your N/N heritage with your friends and family.

The purpose of this website is to provide information for and to promote interest in the Nesbitt/Nisbet Society of North America through Social Gatherings, Highland Games and Education. The N/N Society is always available to assist you with your questions or concerns. For a list of all of the member benefits, click HERE. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

In 1983, the United Kingdom's branch of the N/N Society was founded. Since that time, its membership had grown tremendously and membership spans much of Europe.


The N/N Society publishes the I Byde It Times, the quarterly newsletter of the Society. This newsletter is included with your membership and all issues are available to members for download online, as well as select newsletters from the UK Society. You can preview the archived newsletter index (1983 - 1985) to see some of the great content that is available to members. Download index »

Clan Chief

Mark Nesbitt is Chief of the Nesbitt/Nisbet families, succeeding his father, Anthony Nesbitt of that Ilk, in the year 2000. After 300 years during which the clan did not have a recognized chief, Anthony Nesbitt re-matriculated the Nisbet Chief's Coat of Arms at Scotland's Court of the Lord Lyon in 1994.


The N/N Society strives to promote interest in the rich Nesbitt/Nisbet heritage by providing educational resources for people seeking to learn more about their roots.


In addition to a strong presence at many regional and local highland games, the N/N Society also tries to have an annual gathering for all members to promote kith, kin, and fellowship.


The N/N website offers information on the history of Clan Nesbitt, as well as the DNA Project, which provides a full-proof way to find out who you are connected or related to.