Sweet Family West of Scotland

Mary Shirra SWEET

Person Chart


Father Date of Birth Mother Date of Birth
Robert SWEET 4 SEP 1798 Anne Lyon SWEET 27 JUN 1801

Person Events

Event Type Date Place Description
Birth 16 NOV 1840 Yetholm, Roxburgh, Scotland
Marriage 5 May 1864 Sweet Cottage, Bremer, Woodchester, South Australia, Australia
Death 11 Dec 1921 Maylands, York, Western Australia, Australia


The name Shirra probably comes from the Yetholm minister Rev Robert Shirra who was a seccesionist. I have not proved any connection though. OPR for births do not carry the name of the minister and there is no obvious family connection that I have found.

His uncle was the renowned minister in Kirkcaldy.
Rev Robert Shirra : book by the Rev John B Johnston . "Remains of Robert Shirra " published 1851.

Born in Stirling in 1724
Apprenticed to a tobacconist but had always wanted to go into the ministry. His master paid for his education to help him achieve his goal.
In 1749 he was admitted to the Presbyterian church.
Invited to Linktown, Kircaldy to apply for ministerial position.
Shortly after moving to Kirkcaldy, he married a daughter of Robert Spears of Dalkeith. She died shortly after giving birth to a son in 1755.
Married again in 1757 daughter of Mr Dallas of North Newton, Stirlingshire. She died in August 1799 a year after he had been moved from his parish in June 1798; he returned to Stirling. He appears to have been suffering from dementia ( my diagnosis) He died 12 September 1803. He had a son John Spears Shirra of Dalkeith and a daughter.

He must have been held in high regard by his parishioners in Kirkcaldy (where he was minister for forty years) as they paid him an annuity of £65 per annum while he was in retirement in Stirling. This is a considerable sum apparently and was only £5 lessthan his stipend was.

He was preaching in Aberdeen in 1755.

Yetholm connections:

Nephew: George Shirra Gibb of Lochtower, Yetholm
South Australia Register 12 May 1864 and the 26 May, 1864 also the Adelaide Observer Sat 14 May, 1864
HARVEY-SWEET. — On the 5th May, at the
residence of the bride's father, by the Rev. John
Anderson, George Harvey, eldest son of Mr. David
Harvey, of the Bremer, to Mary Sherra, third
daughter of Mr. Robert Sweet, Sweet Cottage,

S.A.Register Sat 1 Jun 1867
HARVEY.-On the 20th May, at Rose Hill.
Bremer, Mrs. George Harvey, of a son.

Avon Gazette and York Times Sat 7 Dec 1921
At Perth, early Sunday morning,
Mrs. Mary Shirra Harvey passed away,
at the age of 79 years. Her remains,
which were brought to York by Mon
day morning, were followed by a large
circle of. riends to the York Cemetery,
where they were interred in the
Methodist portion. The Rev. Stephen
Wright officiated at the graveside.
The chief mourners at the grave
were: —
G. S. Harvey (son),
D. H. Harvey (son).
J. A. Harvey (son).
E. lB. Harvey (son) .
Mrs. G. A. Harvey (daughter-in-law)
Mrs E.B. Harvey (daughter-in-law)
Mr. Duncan Black (grand son-in-law)
Mrs. Duncan Black (grand-daughter
Jean, Hazel, Olive, Winnie (grand
daughters). .
The pall-bearers were: —
J. C. MacLachlan.
Harold Mercer.
C. V. Harris.
G. E. Barron.
Wreaths, floral tributes, and mes
sages of sympathy were received from
the following:— , .
Mrs. and. Miss Wansborough.
Mr. and Mrs. J C. . MacLachlan and
family! ' :Z"
Mr and Mrs. H. M. Edwards.
Mrs. Willie Marwick & daughters.
Mrs. C. R. H. Clifton and family
Floss and Duncan.
Bert, Flo and granddaughters.
D. H. Harvey.
Mr. and Mrs G. E. L. Wrench
Mr and Mrs. Heron. and family.
Mr and Mrs. Hines and Dolly.
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Young and family.
Mi and Mrs. J. A. Harvey. .
Mr. and, Mrs. E. B. Harvey.
Mr. and Mrs A. H. M Orcer.

S.A. Weekly Chronicle Sat 13 May 1865
HARVEY.— On the 3rd May, at Rosehill Farm, Bremer,
Mrs. George Harvey, of a son.



Mary Shirra Sweet (Colin Harvey)

Mary Shirra Sweet (Colin Harvey)