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GD220Papers of the Graham Family, Dukes of Montrose (Montrose Muniments)12th century-20th century
GD220/1Title deeds and other writs of James, Duke of Montrose and his predecessorsc 1165-mid 18th century
Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference GD220/1/B/7/2/1
Title Papers relating to weapons in the hands of Sir John McLee at Gothenburg in Sweden given for the use of King Charles II. (11 items)
Dates 1649-1661
Access status Open
Description There were about 12,000 weapons gifted by the Queen of Sweden to King Charles II in 1649 and consigned in the hands of Sir John for His Majesty's use. When the Marquess of Montrose was ordered to Scotland by the King he went to Gothenberg and received from Sir John as many of the weapons as he needed - about 5000. He borrowed 12,500 rex dollars from Sir John for provisions for his journey and gave him his bond for the same, and for his further security did impignorate 4000 of the remaining 7000 stand of arms. When the King was in Holland in 1651, the parliament gave a commission to David Wemyss, merchant in Dundee to go to Gothenberg and clear with Sir John: accordingly he brought over a part of the arms, but for want of shipping did not bring them all. In 1661 he was sent back a second time for the remainder, but at his arrival found Sir John had disposed of the arms, and having reckoned his account he was found to be paid by the Marquess' bond and all he could claim of the King and that there was a balance of 11,000 rex dollars due by him - but could neither get payment of the balance nor retire the Bond. In 1662 David Wemyss assigned all right and title he had to the balance in favour of James, Marquess of Montrose and there is a copy of a gift and commission by the King to the Marquess to pursue the said Sir John to account for the arms disponed by him and for retiring his father's bond, and for applying whatever he should receive to his own use. However there is no date to this commission so it is uncertain if it was ever given or if the bond was ever retired.
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