KOCH, MICHAEL [SSNE 5062]
Michael Koch/Kloch was a naval captain in Polish service in 1622. He is variously called a pirate and freebooter by the Swedes, although he probably formed part of the regular Polish navy then under development by Colonel James Murray. He is known to have worked in Poland with another Scottish naval captain, Alexander Muir. A Michael Kock was also reported to have acted as a translator in Danzig in the first part of the century ascertaining which Scots would lodge other Scots arriving in the city. A Mr Koch was also ordered to make a census of pedlars in the city in 1615, now published in 'The Scots in Germany'.
L. Tandrup (ed.), Svensk agent ved Sundet; Toldkommissær og agent I Helsingør. Anders Svenssons depecher till Gustav II Adolf og Axel Oxenstierna 1621-1625 (Aarhus, 1971), pp.183, 193, 200. Anders Svensson to Axel Oxenstierna/Gustav II Adolph, 24 May 1622 and 13 June 1622; T. Fischer, The Scots in Germany (Edinburgh, 1902), pp.258-260; T. Fischer, The Scots in East and West Prussia (Edinburgh, 1903), pp.17, 36.