GUTHRIE, DAVID [SSNE 319]

Surname
GUTHRIE
First name
DAVID
Title/rank
MAJOR
Nationality
SCOT

Text source

Ensign David Guthrie returned to Scotland in April 1640 from the continent to join the Army of the Covenant, but the ship he was in was driven into Newcastle where he remained a month before being imprisoned in York Castle. He applied for compensation from the Scottish Parliament on 17 August 1641. Those taken from this ship included Colonel James Wardlaw, Ruitmaster John Brown of Fordell, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Sinclair, Lieutenant John Adinston, Ensign David Guthrie and Sergeant Robert Finlayson [Recorder in Records of the Parliament of Scotland, A1641/8/138. Losses of the Scots officers detained at Newcastle, 17 August and 15 November 1641. Major David Guthrie was in charge of Scottish troops who left from Sweden in 1649-1650 on James Graham's [SSNE 1523], Marquis of Montrose, campaign to help reinstate King Charles II in Britain. At the end of December 1649, 200 soldiers set off for Orkney under Guthrie's command to secure a base for a larger landing. They carried with them 12 pieces of artillery and a quantity of arms and ammunition for forces to be levied in Scotland. The campaign was ultimately unsuccessful as it lost the support of Charles himself.

S. Murdoch, Britain, Denmark-Norway and the House of Stuart, 1603-1660 (Tuckwell, 2003), p.155; S.R. Gardiner ed., Charles II and Scotland in 1650 (Edinburgh, 1894) p.10.

Service record

SCOTLAND, NEWCASTLE, YORK CASTLE
Arrived 1639-04-01, as ENSIGN
Capacity PRISONER, purpose MILITARY
STUART KINGDOMS, JAMES GRAHAM'S ARMY
Arrived 1649-12-01, as MAJOR
Departed 1650-12-31, as MAJOR
Capacity OFFICER, purpose MILITARY