MERCER, JACOB [SSNE 1153]

Surname
MERCER, MERSSER
First name
JACOB, JAKOB, JAMES
Title/rank
MAJOR
Nationality
SCOT
Region
Social status
OFFICER
Education
Religion

Text source

James Mercer served as a major in Lord William Cranstoun's [SSNE 2101] regiment at Thorn in Poland on behalf of the Swedes. He was among those targeted in numerous letters by General John Middleton, Major General Thomas Rokeby, Colonel Alex Durhame and Mr Davissone as one of the Cranstoun officers who may be persuaded to help hand over the city of Thorn to the Poles as this would demonstrate his loyalty to Charles II. Other officers names in the letter included Captain George Erskine, Captain Ramsay, Captain Lawsone, Captain Edmonstone, and 'honest Archie Stirling'. In November 1657, Mercer applied to Duke Adolf Johan to become lieutenant-colonel for the Cranstoun regiment, and was succesful sugesting he had no disloyal intentions. This is probably the same as the lieutenant colonel noted obtaining a pass to travel to Denmark in May 1659.

Swedish Riksarkiv, Extranea 135: IX, 4, interciperade brev 1600-talet, II brev till Skotska officerare, including 1) Middleton to Erskine, no date 2 & 3) Alex Durhame to Erskine, 24 October and 28 November 1657 4)Thomas Rokeby to Erskine, 28 November 1657 5) Mr Davissone to 'my honest friends the Scots officers in Torne' no date; Swedish Riksarkiv, Adolf Johans Arkiv i Stegeborgssamlingen, Major Jacob Mercer to Duke Adolf Johan, November 1657, Thorn; Rikskansleren Axel Oxenstiernas skrifter och brefvexling, first series, IV, p.755; T. Fischer, The Scots in Eastern and Western Prussia (Edinburgh, 1903); A. Grosjean, 'Royalist Soldiers and Cromwellian Allies? The Cranstoun Regiment in Sweden 1655-1658' in S. Murdoch and A. Mackillop (eds.), Fighting for Identity: Scottish Military Experience c.1550-1900 (Leiden, 2002), pp.61-82.

Service record

SWEDEN, WILLIAM CRANSTON, THORN/TORUN
Arrived 1655-01-01, as MAJOR
Departed 1659-05-31, as MAJOR
Capacity OFFICER, purpose MILITARY