PATERSON, WILLIAM [SSNE 6758]

Surname
PATERSON, PATTERSON
First name
WILLIAM
Title/rank
Nationality
SCOT
Region
Social status
Education
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Text source

William Paterson served as a soldier in the service of Poland-Lithuania around the town of Slutsak/Sluck (now in Belarus). In 1653 Paterson issued a set of instructions to the city garrison which still survive. The following year he built an impressive castle near the city and in a remarkably short time (2 April to 10 August 1654). He may have remained in Polish-Lithuanian service through out the war with Russia, 1654-1667. However, when Lithuania left the Commonwealth in 1655 after the Treaty of Kedany, Paterson would technically have been in Swedish service for about a year as he worked for Bouslaw Radziwill. Paterson may be the same man as either [SSNE 5690] or [SSNE 5717].

This information has been provided by Andrej Kotljarchuk, Baltic and East European Graduate School, Sweden.

Service record

POLAND-LITHUANIA, SLUCK, SLUTSAK
Arrived 1653-01-01
Departed 1667-12-31, as COLONEL
Capacity OFFICER, COMMANDANT, purpose MILITARY
SWEDEN, LITHUANIA, SLUTSAK, SLUCK
Arrived 1655-10-20, as COLONEL
Departed 1657-12-31, as COLONEL
Capacity OFFICER, COMMANDANT, purpose MILITARY