Sweet Family West of Scotland

Barbara Dunn WRIGHT

Person Chart


Father Date of Birth Mother Date of Birth
Archibald WRIGHT Mary DUNN

Person Events

Event Type Date Place Description
Birth 1842 Paisley, Renfrewshire
Marriage 14 Jun 1870 Henrietta Street, Pollokshaws, Lanarkshire
Occupation Newcastleton, Roxburgh School teacher
Death 13 NOV 1925 Skelmorlie


Barbara Birkett has written:
"My grandmother, Barbar Dunn Wright, who married Alexander Sweet in 1870, was a teacher in Newcastleton, Roxburghshire. She had a friend, Mis Robinson, also a teacher. Somehow, she was also a friend of my father's mother, Jane Gray (possibly also a teacher, Dundrennan area). When dad left home, to become an apprentice in Paisley, age 16, Miss Robinson suggested he should visit the Sweet family in Braehead, Cathcart, for company when he had free time. My dad went from Love Street, Paisley up to the Technical College, Glasgow, for evening classes in Engineering; that was how he met my mother.
Barabara Dunn Birkett nee Houston 25 Aug 1988"

Barbara's mother was Jean Barr Sweet.
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 Craigshi elds, Skermorlie. When she died my Dad had the clock and it was he who told me t hat the clockwas 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 relate d to Walter Barr. He married Margaret Holm. Children included John (junior), Jea n born Port Glasgow 11 November 1761.

John Barr (junior) Port Glasgow Renfrewshire about 1775 Watch paper, wide borde r 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 Jea n Taylor. Children Mary 27 Oct 1760; James 2 August 1762; Jean 4 May 1764; Walte r 10 Oct 1766; Jane 13 April 1768.

PMS Notes:
So if the clock was made by John Barr junior what was his connection to the Sweets?

Haven't found anything firm to link Sweet to Barr. Trace back Wright>
Barbara Dunn Wright of Craigsheilds, Skelmorlie, died 13 November 1925 at Skelmorlie, testate. Confirmation Kilmarnock 21 December to Wallace Graham Sweet, Commission Agent, Dalveen, Douglas Avenue, Burnside, Rutherglen and Robert Grant, accountant, Ivydene, Avenue Road, Southgate, London, Executors. Will dated 24 Oct 1916 recorded Kilmarnock 16 Dec 1925. Value of estate £801.4.8