Sweet Family West of Scotland

Barbara Dunn HOUSTON

Person Chart

Additional Names

Additional Names Name
Married Name Birkett


Father Date of Birth Mother Date of Birth
John HOUSTON ABT 1882 Jean Barr SWEET 22 MAY 1883

Person Events

Event Type Date Place Description
Birth 17 June 1912 NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE
Marriage 11 JUN 1938
Death 25 Sep 2002
Burial 30 Sep 2002 Mortonhall Crematorium, Edinburgh, Midlothian


(nee Barbara Dunn Houston, in Newcastle, on 17th. June 1912)

Sadly, but with thanks for her long and devoted life; we announce the death on 25 September 2002, of BARBARA BIRKETT -
(almost a year to the day after her heart attack and stroke while on holiday in Australia, three months after enjoying the family party to honour her 90 years, and four years after even greater celebrations, together with our dear Dad, in Barra, Edinburgh and Traquair, for their 60 years of happy marriage} - our dear Mother, Mother-in-law, Granny and Great-granny, much-loved wife of the late
Eric Ros Birkett C.A., beloved eldest child of Jean Barr Sweet of Cathcart and John Houston of Kirkcudbright and loving sister of John Gray and Catherine Mary {all three the cherished foster children of Eveline and Fred Robinson of Barrow and Keswick, during their parents' years in India in- the l920's).

The funeral service will be held at Mortonhall Crematorium, Edinburgh, Pentland Chapel, on Monday 30th September 2002 at I0.30 a.m., to which all are invited, where a collection will be made in aid of the Chest, Heart & Stroke Association and ChristianAid.
Family flowers only please.

"And now abideth faith, hope and loveā€¦. these three.... but the greatest of these is love'

David and Gaynor Birkett Saudi Arabia
Margaret and Mike Pringle Edinburgh
John and Annette Birkett Edinburgh
Sheena Graeme Australia
Evelyn and Martin Lander Northampton
Elizabeth Birkett Lancashire
Mark Birkett Lancashire
Miriam Birkett Edinburgh
Paul Simpson Australia
Gordon Birkett London
Gina Lander Northampton
Iain Pringle Edinburgh
Eleanor Morris Fife
Kevin Pringle Edinburgh
Janine Birkett Lancashire
Jade Skinner Australia
Zoe Simpson Australia
Robin Lander Sheffield

John Birkett,
33 Nile Grove, Edinburgh EHIO 4RE.

Evelyn Lander,
9 Coldstream Lane, Hardingstone, Northampton NN4 6DB.

Margaret Pringle;
26 Morningside Park, Edinburgh EHlO SHB.

27 September 2002 .

Eric Birkett notes:

Grandmother, Barbara Dunn Wright, who married Alexander Sweet in 1870, was a teacher in Newcastleton, Roxburghshire, 19 miles SW of Hawick. She has a friend Miss Robinson, also a teacher, and another Jane Gray (possibly also a teacher) from Dundrennan. Jane Gray became my father's mother. When my father left home to become an apprentice in Paisley (aged 16), Miss Robinson suggested he visit the Sweet family at Braehead, Cathcart. That was how he met my mother.

"Miss Sweet" was the eldest sister of my grandfathers, she lived in Gourock during the early 1920s. Barbara and her brother John were taken by their mother and Aunt Mary to see her when she was nearly 100 years old, very frail and crotchety, bed- ridden, looked after by a house-keeper.

[PMS adds: Barbara's recollection may be confused: Alexander had three sisters that I know of. The eldest was Mary Wilson Dunn Sweet; the Aunt Mary referred to. The second sister was Catherine Robertson Fyffe Sweet who married Robert Grant and died in England. The third and last sister was Jean Barr Sweet, Barbara's mother. There is a Jean McCulloch Sweet who died at Inverkip, Gourock aged 101, she was single. Her death was reported by her second cousin, Mary Sweet. I think this is the Miss Sweet to whom Barabra referred.]

"Craigbet" was the name of a house in Glasgow, Paisley or Langbank area occupied by Dunns. Barbara's middle name and her clock may have come from them. Had the Dunns any connection with JP Coats, cotton thread manufacturers in Paisley? Barbara's mother was greatly interested in that firm and held shares in it for many years. Barbara's gold wedding ring had been her grandmother's (BD Sweet) [PMS notes: not sure what clock EB means, nor do I know of Coats connection].

Eric also records in a letter "Robin Grant spent some months, in his youth (about 1928) with Robert Sweet MacDonald in Australia. I remember Barbara's parents telling me that that affair had been unsuccessful because Robin kept on telling Sweet MacDonald how to run his farm" [PMS notes: I have visited this farm, see Australian connection]