WALLACE, WILLIAM [SSNE 6293]

Surname
WALLACE
First name
WILLIAM
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Nationality
SCOT
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William Wallace worked as a merchant in Rotterdam in 1671. He appears to have served primarily as a merchant agent for Sir William Bruce of Ballcaskye and a small bundle of letters from Wallace to Bruce survives in the National Archives of Scotland. On 14 May (f.1) a partially printed document recorded the shipping of goods by Wallace to Leith and countersigned by John Atcheson. The following day Wallace wrote to Bruce (f.2) enclosing his accounts for the £1910-16 of goods shipped and observing that he had received £398-2-1 cash from Thomas Bennet [or Burnett]. A similar account and record of business was dispatched on 24 May 1671 (f.3) while another letter of 4 June (f.4) basically repeating the state of accounts, also notes that he had sent out two bills of exchange. One of these went to Mr Thomas Hope [in Aberdeen?] and amounted to "aught hunret threttie aught pund ten schillings Scotts money" (£838-10) for the balance of the account he had sent previously. He noted that he only had 734 guilders 10 of Dutch money left.

National Archives of Scotland, Kinross House Papers, GD 29/1903/1-4. [It was possibly he, along with Robert Campbell who wrote to Daniel Finch Earl of Nottingham complaining that thier ship 'St Andrew' had bee siezed in Stockholm. See National Archives of Scotland, GD26/7/276 c.1689-93 or 1702-4].

Service record

SCOTLAND, THE DUTCH REPUBLIC, ROTTERDAM
Arrived 1671-05-01
Departed 1671-06-04
Capacity MERCHANT, purpose MERCANTILE, COMMERCIAL