MAKELEER, GUSTAF ADOLF [SSNE 4172]
- MAKELEER, MACLEAN, MACLEIR
- First name
- GUSTAF ADOLF
- 4TH BARONET OF DUART
- Social status
Gustav Adolf was born 16 August 1675 in Gothenburg (some sources say 1674 on Gåsvadholm), the second son of Johan Maclean [SSNE 4205] and his wife Anna Gordon. He succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of his brother Johan Jacob on 19 March 1697. On 1 May 1689 he joined the Swedish royal navy as an Ordinary Seaman ("konstapelsmatt") and became a leading seaman the following year. From 1690-94 he was in British naval service as a Midshipman. He then returned to Swedish service as a sub lieutenant on 22 January (or July) 1694 and was on a frigate in one of Stenbock's convoys in 1694. In 1698 Maclean became a lieutenant and served on the frigate Fama circa 1699. He was promoted to captain on 20 March 1700. After that he saw service on the frigate Postiljonen to Nyen circa 1704 but died on 15 March 1706 aged only 30. Maclean married Hedvig Margareta Ridderstahl, ennobled as Gyllenståhl in 1699. They had 2 children. Maclean is buried in Malexander Church in Ostergotland.
Sources: Biografiska Anteckningar om Officerare vid Orlogsflottan 1600-1699,p.265; J.N.M. Maclean, The Macleans of Sweden, (Edinburgh, 1971), p.30; A. Lewenhaupt, Karl XII:s Officerare Biografiska anteckningar (2 vols., Stockholm, 1920), II, p.434; Svenska Adelns Attartavlor, vol. 5, p.143.