KINNAIRD, JAMES [SSNE 1124]
- KINNAIRD, KYNNAIRD, KENNARD, KINAIRD
- First name
- JAMES, JACOB, JAKOB
- Social status
James Kinnaird was the son of Patrick Kinnaird and was born in Scotland circa 1580. Around 1604-1605, Kinnaird married Elizabeth Wedderburn [SSNE 6199], a daughter of John Wedderburn of Craigie. Elizabeth Wedderburn travelled to Denmark in the summer of 1615 where they settled at Elsinore by 1616 and paid taxes there in 1617 and 1628. However, it appears that he subsequently moved to Sweden. Kinnaird acted as a retailer and his estate was 'registered' on the 18th of July 1628 because of his removal to Sweden where he had been engaged as a 'royal captain' or a naval captain, depending on sources. Kinnaird became a burgess of Gothenburg and lived in that town with his wife throughout the 1630's. Apparently in 1638 he became "stampel" master. In 1639 his occupation was listed as "accijs upsynesman" - thus excise-man. The couple had three daughters, called Johanna [SSNE 2711], Barbara [SSNE 6880] and Elisabeth [SSNE 6436]. They also had at least one son Alexander (possibly[SSNE 2824]) while Captain Hans Kinnaird is also another probable son [SSNE 4168]. In 1643 James had contact with Robert Buchan de Portlethen, a famous pearl-fisher in Sweden
We thank Mr Harry Kinnaird for the references to the children.
G. Elgenstierna, Svenska Adelns Ättartavlor, vol. 7, pp.370-372; Swedish Riksarkiv, Oxenstierna samlingen, E375. Robert Buchan to Axel Oxenstierna, 17 April 1643; T. Riis, Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot (Odense, 1988), II, p.228; E. Långström, Göteborgs Stads Borgarelängd 1621-1864 (Göteborg, 1926), p.18; Goteborg Landsarkiv, W. Berg, Genealogiska anteckningar om Goteborgs-slakter, ser.1, vol.2, p.317; Steve Murdoch, Network North: Scottish Kin, Commercial and Covert Associations in Northern Europe, 1603-1746 (Brill, Leiden, 2006), p.172.
We thank Hielke van Nieuenhuize for highlighting the probable link between this man and naval captain Hans Kinnaird [SSNE 4168]