The History of the Whishaw Family
My grandmother’s maiden name was Whishaw. She was born in St.Petersburg, Russia, September 9th 1901. Her father was the British Vice-Consul in the city. He had to become a Russian subject in order to be an agent for British companies in Tsarist Russia. His Russian name was Yacov Vassilievitch. He left his beloved adopted country just before the Bolsheviks came to power.
A cousin who lives in Ireland asked a historian, Turtle Bunbury, to put together a collection of stories about the Whishaws from their origins in Cheshire to far-flung places such as Russia. The Whishaws were very much a part of the British community in Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution. The records are located in the Brotherton Library at Leeds University.