KIRKPATRICK, JOHN [SSNE 4977]
John Kirkpatrick served as a lieutenant of Colonel Balfour in the Scots Brigade in the Dutch Republic. He received his captain's commission on the death of Captain Orrock. Later, Kirkpatrick became Sergeant-Major on 25 June 1638. His rapid promotion continued, being promoted Lieutenant-Colonel by 7 March 1639 and Colonel by 21 October. This individual distinguished himself at the battle of Hulst in 1645 and was later appointed Commander in Chief between bergen and Steenbergen in 1669. Kirkpatrick became Governor of Bois-le-Duc in 1670 and Sergeant-Major-General of the army in 1672. He retained command of his regiment from 1639 until his death in 1682. He had a daughter, Mary who married Alexander Erskine, 4th Earl of Kelly.
Two portraits of Kirkpatrick exist:
J. Ferguson, Papers Illustrating the History of the Scots Brigade in the service of the United Netherlands,1572-1697 (Edinburgh, 1899), pp.319, 323-324, 328-332, 466-468, 473, 489, 490-491, 494-496, 489-501, 505, 526, 528, 530, 532-535, 564.
D. Dobson 'Scottish Soldiers in Continental Europe' [part one] (St Andrews, 1997).
This entry updated by Mr Jack Abernethy.