DUNBAR, GEORGE [SSNE 2431]
George Dunbar served in the Swedish army in the 1630s. One George Dunbar is listed as a Drummer in Captain Robert Leslie's company of James Ramsay's regiment in 1628. He thereafter received promotion to the rank of ensign. It is possibly this same man who witnessed a bond of Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Ruthven in 1636 in Buxtehude and rose to the rank of Major. A man of this name signs off on the muster-roll for Colonel Alexander Cunningham's [SSNE 2115] regiment in 1638 (no rank given).
Sources: Stockholm Krigsarkivet, MR October 1628, f.85; MR, 1631/22-27. Muster Roll, 1639/15-21; 1640/14,17
National Records of Scotland, RD1/508 fol. 249 Ruthven, Lt Col Pat in Sweden, ob to Lt Col Robert Stewart for 112 Rix dollars reg 8th November 1637. Also registered the same day (?) Capt Patrick Lumsden ob to Colonel Robert Stewart. "I Patrik Ruthven Liutenant Colonel under the Croune of Sweadin grantis me to haif borrowit and ressavit fra Lieutenant Col[one]ll Robert Stewart serving under the Croune of Sweadine the number of ane hundreth and twelve rex dolleris gude and sufficient money be the delyverie of Jon Finlasone Capitane Lieutenant qrof I grant…&etc."
Ruthven pledges to repay this to Stewart by the 11th day of November nextcoming, qlk failing to pay to Stewart 10% interest p.a. Dated at Buxtehude, [blank ] of Januar 1636. Befoir thir witness[es], sic subscribitur Ruthven, Harie Ruthven witnes, Geo Dunbar witnes."
We thank Dr Aonghas Maccoinnich for the reference from the National Records of Scotland.