Sweet Family West of Scotland


Person Chart


Father Date of Birth Mother Date of Birth
George SWEET 28 NOV 1725 Ann LYON 16 Nov 1721


Partner Date of Birth Children
Margaret SWEET ABT 1781

Person Events

Event Type Date Place Description
Birth 13 SEP 1756 Garvald, East Lothian
Christening 19 SEP 1756 Garvald, Lothian
Death AFT 1841 Kelso


From RMS property notes, an assignation dated 17 July 1787 by George to his second son James Sweet of the property Mertoun Cottage.

I think this is the James who wrote the pamphlet referred to in the Northern Forester article. If so he farmed at Spittal Farm, Rutherglen.."being a native of of town Yetholm, in Roxburghshire, he longed for "the Border" and, selling off his stock, walkedto Newcastle, having £700 in his pocket. Arriving late, he clould not disturb his relative, Charles Turner, the chemist, so he walked up and down the town all night lest he shoild be robbed, being somewhat fond of the hard cash. Our informant was Dr Turner, another cousin, who read our grandsire's will at James' request; but, finding house, orchard and fields were left to Aunt Jean, he banged up, declaring to his wife, "Come awa'; we're a' put to an outside, but na her!" He lived to a good old age, but we have failed to trace his final residence."

1841 census
There is a James Sweet gardener aged 75 living at Bridgefoot in Kelso. Wife's name is Margaret. He was born outside the county, she was born in Roxburghsgire.
His birth place is Garvald which is in the Lothians, so that is consistent. However by the birth date I have for him in 1756 he would be 85 at the time of the 1841 census. Some of the Sweets lived to a good age, so this may not be impossible but there maybe a little touch of convenience in these facts. The OPR indicates that George, his father, was a gardener at Nunraw.

Bridge Foot, Kelso

James Sweet aged 75 Gardener and
Margaret aged 60
The Sweets and Major James Dalrymple

George had a son James christened in Garvald: 19 September 1756 “George Sweet gardener at Nunraw and Ann Lion his spouse had a son baptised called James (was born the 13 current) witness to the baptism John Jameson and Robert Dodie”.

Nunraw was the home of Major James Dalrymple the seventh son of the baronet. James Dalrymple was born 27 Jan 1698 and died 8 Nov 1766. He bought Nunraw in 1747 when he was 50, he was married to Margaret Cunningham by whom he had two children. He had seven illegitimate children by Mary Gainer. (There is reference to this in Leah Lenehman’s book “ Wives and mistresses in Eighteenth century Scotland” case 39.)

In the assignation of Sweetholm to George he is referred to (in 1758) as formerly servant to Major Dalrymple. Garvald where his son was baptised is close to Nunraw, so it is a strong likelihood that this is where he worked.

George’s second son (Thomas) baptised on 28 August 1758 at Simprim or Swinton which is in the Borders. He is named as a gardener in Albake (not sure where this is) and a witness is MrMcCormack his governor.



Garvald Church