Sweet Family West of Scotland

James Robertson Sweet WILSON

Person Chart


Father Date of Birth Mother Date of Birth
Thomas Leishman WILSON ABT 1852 Jessie Lang SWEET 4 AUG 1850


Partner Date of Birth Children

Person Events

Event Type Date Place Description
Birth 6 Oct 1879 Glasgow
Marriage 9 Jun 1909
Occupation Church Minister


1913 JAMES ROBERTSON SWEET WILSON, born Glasgow, 6th Oct. 1879, son of Thomas L. W. and Jessie Lang Sweet; educated at Hillhead High School, Glasgow; The Hermitage, Helensburgh, and Glasgow Univ.; M.A. (1899); B.D. (1902) ; licen. by Presb. of Dumbarton May 1902; assistant at Barony, Glasgow; ord. to St Columba, Oban, 26th June 1906; trans. and adm. 12th March 1913. Marr. 9th June 1909, Helen Cameron, daugh. of John A. Cameron Ruthven, C.E., Dublin, and has issue-Thomas Ian, born 1st June 1910.

Fasti ecclesiae Scoticanae

There is also reference to James graduating from the University of Glasgow in 1899 with a MA and in 1902 with a BD. University of Glasgow Graduates to 1916. The entry also refers to his brother, Alexander Sweet Wilson, graduating in 1914 with a MB.
Glasgow University (From archivist Katie McDonald)
James started University in 1896-97, at the age of 17. His matriculation slip gives his father’s name as Thomas Leishman (Wilson), and his occupation as a banker. In his first year he studied Latin and Mathematics, followed by Moral Philosophy, Natural Philosophy and History in his second year and Logic and English Literature in his third. (Our references: R8/5/17/9, R8/5/18/9, R8/5/19/9, R8/5/20/9, R8/5/21/8, R8/5/22/8). By the 1890s, it was required that a student wishing to study Divinity had already undertaken a degree, and James graduated on the 18th of April, 1899 with an Arts MA (see attached). (Our reference: R1/1/1).

In 1899, James was back at University, this time studying Junior Hebrew, Junior Church History, and Junior Divinity in his first year, Hebrew, Biblical Criticism, and Divinity in second year, and Divinity, Biblical Criticism, and Church History in his final year. He graduated with a BD on the 6th November 1902 (see attached), and it seems took up residence at the North Manse in Leith. (Our reference R1/2/1). The General Council Register shows that in 1908 he was working as a Minister at the St Columbia Manse in Oban. (Our Reference: DC183/11/35).



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