CLERCK, WILLIAM [SSNE 4349]
- CLERCK, CLERK, KLERCK
- First name
- THURSO, CAITHNESS
- Social status
William Clerk was born in Scotland, the son of Andrew Clerk (burgess in Thurso). He immigrated to Sweden as a captain of a recruited Scottish regiment in 1607. William Clerk died in 1625. He married Malin Duncan [SSNE 6268], daughter of Captain William Duncan, who had also emigrated from Scotland, and Catharine James of Wedderburn [SSNE 6269]. Their sons Hans and Tomas were also in Swedish service. He appears to have been confused with the Clerk family who held high-ranking positions in the Swedish navy (see Zettersten, Svenska Flottans Historia). Some sources note him as the father of Richard Clerck the younger [SSNE 4138].
Sources: Svenska Adelns Attartavlor, vol. 2, p.20; H. Marryat, One Year in Sweden, including a visit to the isle of Gotland (London, 1862), p.480; E.E. Etzel, 'Notes on Swedo-Scottish Families', Scottish Historical Review, vol.9, 1912, p.268.
- SWEDEN, SCOTTISH TROOPS
- Arrived 1624-01-01, as CAPTAIN
- Departed 1625-12-31, as CAPTAIN
- Capacity OFFICER, purpose MILITARY