Sweet Family West of Scotland

William SWEET / Jean TULLY


Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Place of Death Date of Death
William SWEET Bowden, Roxburghshire 7 MAR 1703 Yetholm, Roxburgh Jul 1767


Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Place of Death Date of Death
Jean TULLY Jedburgh 17 Jan 1683


Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Place of Death Date of Death
Grizel SWEET
William SWEET ABT 1720
Robert SWEET abt 1722
Margaret SWEET Yetholm, Roxburgh 9 JUN 1723 BEF 1755
George SWEET Yetholm, Roxburgh 28 NOV 1725 Yetholm 18 Apr 1809

Family Events

Event Type Date Place Description
Marriage 6 NOV 1719 Yetholm, Roxburgh


Sweet Holm

PMS has a picture of Sweet Holm with two people outside it next to a car. The photo is credited to Charles Sweet of Rothesay, a professional photographer with 19 Battery Place amongst his studios.

On page 185 of "Bygone Yetholm" this same picture is reproduced with the legend that the "vehicle was owned by Mr Elliot of Clifton Park, Morebattle and it is stopped at the Nicholl cottage, near the south end of Town Yetholm. The date on the back of thephotograph is 23 September 1909".

PMS had written to Bill Rae of the Yetholm History Society referring to the house as Sweet Holm and mentioning the Sweet connection to the village. He replied, writing that the photo has on the face of it "Sweet Holm, Town Yetholm, Roxburghshire"; I suspect this is the same as I have. He wrote that the cottage is known in the village as Nichol cottage (see below). However he added that on the back there is handwritten:
"Mr J.G.Houston, Edinburgh
23 Sept 1909
Alex Sweet
Rolls of Elliot of Clifton Park"

John Gray Houston was a cousin of my father, I recall we had famly gatherings fr om time to time. I suspect that he gave the photo to the Yetholm society. Alexan der Sweet is my GGGrandfather who died in Skelmorlie in 1921.

The connection to Robert Nicholl is interesting. PMS visited Rober Nicholl (no w dead) at his home and he was able to tell me that his aunt lived in Sweet Hol m (or Orchard Cottage as they named it) until 1956 when a wind blew off the thatch and the cottage then decayed as neither the Nicholls nor the landlord Wauchop e was prepared to pay for the repair. Robert told me he remembered the connection to Sweet... they were from Kent he said.

I have a letter from the owner (in 2004) of Mertoun Cottage who writes that Robe rt Nicholl mentioned to him that his grandfather told him that a gardener calle d William Sweet had come to Yetholm from the south of England somewhere, Kent or Surrey. Robert recalled that the rent for Sweetholme at some stage had been payable to the Sweets and not Wauchope.
Sweet Holm
William bequeathed the property Sweetholme to his (youngset) son George in 1758