GRAVE, THOMAS [SSNE 3738]
- GRAVE, GROVE, GREEFF, GREAVE
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Text sourceThomas Grove served as a major in Colonel Thomas Conway's [SSNE 6634] regiment of English and Irish recruits destined for service in the Swedish army. Conway himself had drowned en route to Sweden in November 1631. In April 1632, Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna ordered that Grove and a fellow survivor, Captain Tallfell [SSNE 6670], should be paid and sent to serve King Gustav II Adolf in Germany. He took over the remaining five companies of Conway's regiment of Britons and Irishmen. His force headed down the river Elbe and on 4 January 1632 they joined up with three Scottish regiments and quartered for a time in Bardewick and then onto Warnemund. They were then joined by the mixed Scottish-Irish regiment of Sir Frederick Hamilton and the Scottish regiment of Alexander, Master of Forbes. After the siege and capture of Buxtehude, Grove was made governor. Ake Todt preferred a Swede to get this honour and after three weeks, the five English colours were ordered out of the town and a Swedish lieutenant-colonel put in place, though not the man Todt wanted.
Rikskansleren Axel Oxenstiernas skrifter och brefvexling, first series, vol. 7, p.162; The Swedish Intelligencer: The Fourth Part (London, 1633), pp.127, 130.