There are conflicting opinions as to who the Nesbitt/Nisbet progenitor was. One theory is that Willimas, the son of Thor Longus, a Saxon noble, was the first to use the name. Thor did, in fact build the Church of Ednam at Durham, circa 1118 and grant it to the Coldingham priory.
A second theory is that Aldan, a nephew of Gospatric, the Earl of Dunbar, was the first to use the name. Malcolm Canmore, King of Scots, granted Gospatric, his cousin, the earldom of Dunbar, which encompassed the territory of Lothian and Berwickshire and included the lands of Nesebit.Also, gospatric did grant the lands of Edrom and Nesebit to the Coldingham priory.A claim is made that a Charter from David I, King of Scots, granting this land to Aldan is stored in the archives at Durham Cathedral. No one, however can verify the existence of this charter.
Does anyone have any difinitive proof of either theory?
All help would be appreciated. Thanks, Hal Nesbitt