The surname Carlisle was first established in Cumberland where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated at Carlisle in that shire. Spelling variations included Carlile, Carlysle, Carlyle, Carliell and many more.
William Carlisle junior emigrated to Australia in 1804 aboard Experiment. Little is known about William Carlisle senior who in 1802 wrote to the Colonial Secretary requesting permission to emigrate to New South Wales. William Carlisle senior never arrived in NSW, but his son William did. We know that the emigrant ship Experiment was damaged in a gale in the Bay of Biscay and had to return to Cowes to mend its bowsprit and mount a new topgallant mast. Perhaps this experience was so frightening that William Carlisle senior chose not to continue with the journey. Or perhaps he never embarked in the first place.
Our Carlisle ancestors include the following people. Click on any name to access a computer-generated page of information about that person and a list of the information sources.
Click on the name of any of the notable ancestors listed below to read a short biography that I have written about them.
For centuries families have created memorials to honour their forebears, including headstones, church monuments, memorial cards, obituaries and much more. This website is, in a way, just another innovation in this regard. Each of the links below takes you to a memorial page that is dedicated to that particular deceased ancestor.
The following Carlisle research reports are published on this website.
The Carlisle clan descends from William Carlisle junior.