Sweet Family West of Scotland

Alistair SWEET

Person Chart

Additional Names

Additional Names Name
Formal Name Alexander


Father Date of Birth Mother Date of Birth
Wallace Graham SWEET 6 JUL 1876 Jean BROWN 2 Jan 1878


Partner Date of Birth Children
Moira Park SCOTT 8 FEB 1911 Hazel Margaret SWEET
Alastair Graham SWEET
Peter Martin SWEET

Person Events

Event Type Date Place Description
Birth 26 MAR 1905
Marriage 10 JUN 1940 Queen's Park West Church
Death 15 AUG 1975 Troon


The death occurred at his home, 11 Fullarton Drive, Troon, last friday after a short illness, of Mr Alistair Sweet, retired bank manager and former secretary of Troon Glof Club.
Born in the Langside district of Glasgow on March 26, 1905, Mr Sweet joined the Union Bank of Scotland in Glasgow on leaving school.
He worked in several branches of the bank in the city before the outbreak of the 1939-45 war, during which he served with the Royal Artillery and took part in the famous battle at Arnhem.
At the end of the war he resumed his career in banking and after a short spell in Glasgow he moved to Troon over 25 years ago. In 1965 Mr Sweet retired as manager of the Bank of Scotland branch in Templehill.
At this time he became secretary of Troon Golf Club, of which he had been a member since January, 1927. He held the secretary's post until September, 1972 when he became secretary of the joint committe formed by Troon Glof Club and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club to organise the 1973 Open Championship which was played at Troon.
He was closely involved with the organisation of that championship and gis work was of invaluable help to the R and A.
At the time of his death Mr Sweet was a committee member of Troon Golf Club, also being a member of the greens sub-committee. He was a good club golfer over the years and held a respectable handicap of 10 at the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife, Moira, daughter Hazel and sons Graham and Martin.
The high regard in which Mr Sweet was held was amply demonstrated by the large congregation at the funeral service in Troon Old Church on Monday and at Masonhill Crematorium chapel.
In a pulpit tribute during the service in the church, the Rev John webster said"Mr Sweet was efficient, meticulous and punctual in all that he did and, as such, was ideally suited to his chosen career in banking. But both his colleagues and his customerscould testify that his was not a cold-hearted efficiency but was mixed with human care and concern for the individual person and his needs.
"Mr Sweet's industry and efficiency had not passed un-noticed and the day following his retirement he took up duties as secretary at Old Troon Golf Club. On his shoulders fell the brunt of much of the organisational detail necessary to the running of a successful Open Golf Championship.
"Mr Sweet was ordained to the eldership of the Church of Scotland in Troon Old in 1955 and for 20 years he fulfilled his dtuies conscientiously and faithfully. Regular in attendance at worship and at session meetings, he will be remembered as one who wasalways absolutely reliable, always courteous with a pawky sense of humour and a twinkling eye always in evidence.
His church had a real place in his life and for Alastair Sweet it seemed that religion and daily living were not kept in separate compartments-the one, as it should, influenced the other. This was true in his profession, and where he spent his leisure aswell as within his own family circle."

He attended Alan Glen's school in Glasgow.
He was a teller with the Union Bank in Glasgow ultimately moving to Troon as manager of the Union Bank Templehill. When the Union Bank and the Bank of Scotland amalgamated he merged the two offices in Troon. On his retirement from the bank so ended a lineof Sweets in this bank dating from the Ship Bank in the 1700's (PMS not convinced this is accurate although certainly three generations and through marriage a connection to the Glasgow Arms Bank of 1700's now part of the Royal Bank.)

During the second World War he served in the Royal Artillery having come through the TA Royal Honourable Artillery Company.

With his brother Wallace they were long serving members of Royal Troon Golf Club . Latterly he was the secretary of the club (1966 - 1972). He organised the 1966 Open at Troon and also a major Pro Am in 1970.

He married Moira in 1940 and died at home in 1975 after deteriorating health and a fight with cancer.
Bank of Scotland
"He entered service on 18th September, 1922 as an Office Junior at the Dennistoun Branch of the Union Bank of Scotland, earning £500 per annum.
He was transferred to the Maryhill Branch on 4th june, 1924 before becoming a Clerk at Hyndland on 23rd March, 1925 with a salary of £1,500.
He then went to Head Office Accounts Department on 14th Aporil, 1926. He is next found at Muirend Branch as the Accountant on 8th November, 1935, before going back to Head Office "for salary purposes" on 5th January 1942.[ This probably relates to him being "parked" while on active service during the war].
Then at Mount Florida Branch earning £2,500 as an Accountant on 1st October, 1945. The salaries must be wrong because in the salary book he earnedin 1946 £400, 3 July 1946 £530, 1947 £540 and 1948 £550.
On 3rd September, 1948 he became manager at the Blythswood Branch earning: 1950 £650, 1951 £800, 1952 £800, 1953 £960, 1953 £985, 1954 £985 and 1955 £1,005.
Then manager at Bank of Scotland, Troon Branch from 1955 until his retiral in 1964."
Source: Bank of Scotland records.
Military Service WWII

24 August 1939 he received his calling out notice, sent to Gunner 9L/Bd) A Sweet, 154 Queen's Drive, Glasgow S2
Rank: L/Bombardier Army Number 1434629
Regiment: 231st AA Bty RA (TA) 74th AA Regiment RA (TA)
1940 at the time of his wedding he was a Lance Bombadier

Passed by the Interview Board at Preston and found suitable for training at an O.C.T.U. 9-1-41

Appointed to a commission 6/6/41

1942 90th (Middlesex) HAA regiment RA
I have a photo taken at Eastleigh during Mobile Training August 1942 when he was a 2/Lt. Commanding Officer is Lt Col M D Burns

1944 His Military ID Card no A 499824
Personal No 189979
Issued 1 May 1944

3rd september, 1945
P/189979 release from military duty.
June 9th 1966, he retired from the bank
June 10th started as secretary to the golf club.
1972, he retired from the golf club.
He died on Friday August 15th, 1975. His funeral was on August 18th. At the church Psalm 121 (I to the hills will lift mine eyes..) and Hymn 7 (Glory be to God the father) were sung. At the crematorium Psalm 23 (The Lord's my shepherd) was sung



Alistair and Moira Sweet June 1940

Alistair 18 months

Alistair and parents