Hi Richard, The surname Thistle which has its roots in Norman ancestry most likely spread from Northern England Cumberland: to Ireland and Scotlandsometime in the late 17th century. In 1577 The surname Thistle appears in Cumberland N. England. With the migration of the Surname Thistle / Tissel from the Channel Islands.
John Thistle marriage 23 May 1719 to Elspit Gullon Duddingston,Midlothian, Scotland.
Child born to this couple. Margaret Thistleb. 24 June 1720