|One of the first tartans designed by the Scottish
Tartans Society for a Mrs E. Bisset, who gave the following details
for the colours of the sett: The blue and white of the Bisset shield,
yellow and black representing the motto, red for the 'eternal flame'
and the local tartan; all on a green background. The motto of the
Bissets is 'Abscissa virescit' meaning 'Cut me down and I shall grow
again'. The yellow represents the wood chips from the axe and the
green for the fresh new growth. Bissets are represented in the histories
of prominent Scottish families through the female line. Both Chisholms
and Frasers married heiress's of the Bisset family. The result being
that the Bisset surname has greatly reduced in number. There is no
chief of the family at present (1993) but the senior branch are the
Bissets of Lessendrum in Aberdeenshire.