Sweet Family West of Scotland

Rev Wallace Graham SWEET

Person Chart


Father Date of Birth Mother Date of Birth
James Alexander SWEET 23 NOV 1797 Mary Ann GRAHAM 29 Dec 1800


Partner Date of Birth Children
Arbuthnot Giles Drumond WATSON 1826

Person Events

Event Type Date Place Description
Birth 20 MAR 1835 Cathcart
Christening 19 APR 1835 Cathcart
Marriage 14 MAY 1872 Langside parish of Cathcart
Death 6 AUG 1883 en route to Montreal


University of Glasgow, Special collections
Call Number: MS Gen 1734/9 Item: p. 20/2

Terrible suicide of a Scotch clergyman. Extract from: Evening Times, 23 August 1883.
Death of W.G. Sweet who jumped overboard from SS Manitoban in Belle Isle Strait, 6 August 1883.
Manuscript note on mount regarding Sweet's drinking habit and resignation.

Call Number: MS Gen 1734/9 Item: p. 20/2
Repository Code: GB 0247
Name: Manitoban Ship
Notes: Screw steamer. 2975 grt.
Built Laird Bros, Birkenhead, 1865.
North Atlantic passenger service, Allan Line.
Scrapped 1899.

Name: Wallace Graham Sweet
Dates: d. 1883
Notes: Minister, Church of Scotland, Barrowfield, Glasgow, 1873-1883.
[See: Hew Scott, Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae: the succession of ministers in the Church of Scotland from the Reformation (New ed., Edinburgh, 1915- )]
Glasgow University (from Archivist Katie MacDonald)
Wallace started University in 1857-58, where he undertook a class in Junior Latin. Between 1858-1861, he took courses in Greek, Logic, Ethics, Physics, and Junior Mathematics. The four years that followed – 1861-1865 – saw Wallace undertake courses which would have contributed to achieving a degree in Divinity, which suggests his previous years may have been intermediary classes or a prerequisite necessary before studying the full degree. In 1861-62, Wallace took classes in Physics, Hebrew and Divinity, winning a prize in 1861-1862 for his essay on the subject “The Importance of Literature and Science to the Student of Theology”. His final three years were spent studying Ecclesiastical History, Hebrew, and Divinity. (Our references: R9/1/3, R9/1/4, and R7/1/2).

Wallace’s matriculation records (signed in his own hand – see attached) provide us with further information about his father, whose name was James. Curiously, between 1859 and 1964, Wallace lists him as having five different occupations during this period, from grocer to postmaster to postman to merchant to minister. (Our reference: R8/1/3).
Glasgow directories show Wallace as a student in divinity in (Year?) and as a Rev from at least 1873 until 1890 but not all directories have been checked. He was living at Cathcart family home while a student, then at 134 New Dalmarnock Road, Cathcart between at least 1869 to 1873 then at 108 South Portland Street until about 1890. (He died in 1883, so presumably his widow allowed the entry to continue).
TRade Directory 1883: Rev Wallace G Sweet, Barrowfield Established Church, Queen Mary Street, London Road; house 108 South Portland stret.

Wallace Graham Sweet, second son of James Sweet, merchant, Langside; educated at the University of Glasgow; licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow 3rd May 1865; ordained 3rd Feb 1873; became first minister of this (Barrowfield) parish in 1879 (near Celticfootball ground); died on passage to Montreal 6 August 1883. He married Arbuthnot Giles Drummond Watson who died 10th May 1898.

In the 1881 census he is aged 46 and Wallace is listed as minister of Broomfield Church (typo for Barrowfield?)

There is a passport application on 23 Feb 1876 for a W Sweet, this could be him.

He died on passage to Montreal, Canada 6 August 1883 on board "Manitoban" of a disease of the brain.
Details of the ship SS Manitoban are filed in "background data" binder

Rev Wallace G Sweet. Barrowfield Established Church, Queen Mary Street, London Road. House 108 South Portland Street

Wallace Graham Sweet matriculated into Glasgow University in 1858
"Wallace Sweet second son of James, Businessman near Langside in parish of Cathcart in the County of Renfrew.
Otherwise Wallace Graham Sweet, Minister of Barrowfield, Glasgow 1873-1883. Died on passage to Monteal 6th August 1883".
Valuation Roll:
1875 and 1881: Tenant Occupier at 108 South Portland Street, Govan VR/102/225/126
1871 census
Wallace is living in Cathcart (census incomplete as to street name). He is listed as a brother in law to the Head (John Fyfe) on the previous page and living with Ann Sweet listed as a sister in law to the Head. John Fyfe's wife is Catherine Robertson Sweet and so WGS and AS are not in-laws, they are cousins to CRF.

Wallace is an Assistant Minister born in Cathcart and his sister Ann is described as a dressmaker. Both are unmarried, she is 25 and he is 36.

I have since been in touch with Ian Fyfe in New Zealand, a descendant of this John Fyfe. I have further details to transcribe.


University of Glasgow archives



Borrowfield Church

James Sweet headstone


Wallace G ship death

Sweet:Fyfe tree to check