MAR, GEORGE [SSNE 1152]

Surname
MAR, 'MAER'
First name
GEORGE, JORGEN
Title/rank
MAYOR
Nationality
SCOT
Region
Social status
BURGESS
Education
Religion

Text source

George Mar became established at Simmershavn as a burgess where he was authorised to ten lasts of malt to Germany on 3 April 1564 and to export malt 19 July the same year (on behalf of himself and others) as payment for a ship's load of salt. Mar was related to Andrew Vaus of Elsinore and his sister Johanne. He acquired by right of preemption Vaus's house in Stengade for 1,500 marks of which 600 were to remain on loan at 5% interest annually to pay to the grammar school (2/4, 6/4 and 17/12/1565). Mar applied for admission as burgess of Elsinore on 28/9/1565, the request was granted, supported by a guarantee from Frederik Lyall and by a testimonial from Simmershavn. He became a councilor on 30 August 1566, chamberlain 1573, mayor 13/5/1578 to 1595, when he died before July. Mar also became one of the wardens of the hospital 1574-82 and had to serve in the urban militia in 1583 with a sword and armour. Mar traded especially in salt, but James VI asked Queen Elizabeth's permission for Mar to export dutyfree 1,200 English cloths on 21 April 1590 from Elsinore. Among his other duties, Mar served as an interpreter and guarantor for Janet Jean Forester. By 1565 he had married Margrete Willumsdatter who died 30/6/1590. They had three children, Anna, Diderik, Maren.

T. Riis, Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot (Odense, 1988), II, p.234; Calendar of State Papers Scotland. 1509-1603, p.573. James VI to Elizabeth I, Elsinore 21/4/1590

Service record

DENMARK-NORWAY, ELSINORE
Arrived 1564-01-11
Departed 1595-07-29
Capacity MAYOR, purpose CIVIC