|Father||Date of Birth||Mother||Date of Birth|
|Alexander SWEET||12 Oct 1843||Barbara Dunn WRIGHT||1842|
|Partner||Date of Birth||Children|
|John HOUSTON||Barbara Dunn HOUSTON |
John Gray HOUSTON
Catherine Mary HOUSTON
|Birth||22 MAY 1883||Lindsay House, Cathcart|
|Marriage||2 SEP 1911|
|Death||13 NOV 1976||Morningside, Edinburgh|
|Clockmaker John Barr |
PMS has a Grandfather clock which is an heirloom, it is referred to in Alexander Sweet’s will (1843-1921) Mary Wilson Dunn Sweet (Aunt Mary) had it in Craigshields, Skermorlie. When she died my Dad had the clock and it was he who told me that the clock was made by a member of the family.
Mary’s sister, Jean Barr Sweet (1883-1976) daughter of Alexander
The clock bears the plaque John Barr Pt Glasgow
Clock and watch makers of Glasgow and West of Scotland by Donald Whyte FHG, FSG(hon) quotes:
John Barr Clock maker in Port Glasgow Renfrewshire, 1760-1783. Probably related to Walter Barr. He married Margaret Holm. Children included John (junior), Jean born Port Glasgow 11 November 1761.
John Barr (junior) Port Glasgow Renfrewshire about 1775 Watch paper, wide border with perpetual calendar and regulating instructions. In the centre: John Barr/ Clock/and Watchmaker/Pt Glasgow
Walter Barr Clockmaker Port Glasgow Renfrewshire about 1758-1790. He married Jean Taylor. Children Mary 27 Oct 1760; James 2 August 1762; Jean 4 May 1764; Walter 10 Oct 1766; Jane 13 April 1768.
not sure why D Whyte thinks there was a relationship other than the name and location.
Haven’t found anything firm to link Sweet to Barr
|Eric Birkett Notes: |
Born in Cathcart, Glasgow. Typist. Married John Houston, farmer's son from Kirkcudbright. He was a marine engineer and became a surveyor with Lloyds Register of Shipping. They lived in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Southampton, Bombay, Barrow-in-Furness and Edinburgh.
|Link to Barr family|