RANKINE, ARCHIBALD [SSNE 6284]
In 1617 Archibald Rankine became an agent of King Gustav II Adolf's in London, with a salary of 500 riksdaler per annum. This is probably the same man as mentioned in Johan Skytte's letter to James Spens [SSNE 1642], dated October 1624, wherein Skytte notes that Spens' intercession with him on behalf of Rankine was no trouble. Further, Skytte volunteers that Rankine's outstanding salary will be sent to him either through the merchant Sanderson, or a Scot named Cramond who had delivered the Rankine letter to Skytte. He appears to have remained in Swedish service until the 1630s. In October 1630 whilst Rankine was returning from a mission to Gustav II Adolf on behalf of King Charles I, he was instructed to obtain weapons and ammunition in preparation for the Duke of Hamilton's levy. Thomas Roe wrote the Swedish king from Gedani on 9 March 1630.
Sources: Swedish Riksarkiv, Anglica 5, 6 October 1624; Steve Murdoch, Network North: Scottish Kin, Commercial and Covert Associations in Northern Europe, 1603-1746 (Brill, Leiden, 2006), pp.258-259, 262, 264, 272-276; Swedish Riksarkiv, Anglica 522, Thomas Roe to Gustav II Adolf, 19 March, 1629-1630; S. Tunberg, et al. Den Svenska Utrikes Förvaltningens Historia, (Uppsala, 1935), pp.74-5; Swedish Riksarkiv, Oxenstierna Samlingen, E692; Swedish Krigsarkiv, Småsamlingar, Skuldböcker, vol.7. Thanks to Professor Heiko Droste for the last two references.