THOMSON, CHARLES [SSNE 7188]

Surname
THOMSON
First name
CHARLES
Title/rank
SKIPPER
Nationality
SCOT
Region
Social status
Education
Religion

Text source

Charles Thomson was a Scottish skipper in the employ of the joint stock company of Andrew Russell [SSNE 143], Patrick Thomson [SSNE 6475] and James Thomson [SSNE 6332]. He is mentioned often in the correspondence of the two named Thomson brothers as shipping goods between Scandinavia, the Dutch Republic and Britain. He arrived in Norrkoping in July 1684 carrying English goods which were then sold on by the company. On 23 August 1684, James Thomson wrote to Russell that Charles had not yet cleared the Sound due to contrary winds. On 23 May 1685, Patrick Thomson wrote that he expected Thomson to arrive in Norrkoping presently. Later, on 19 June 1685, Patrick wrote again to Russell noting that on the 28 of the previous month he had informed Russell to send his [Patrick's] son to Sweden along with John Grinock [SSNE 7196]. The son is unnamed, but in the postscript by James Thomson on the same letter he notes there is still no sign of Charles Thomson, suggesting that Charles was the son in question. However, on 27 June, Patrick wrote another letter noting that his son and Grinock had not yet arrived. This was only a few paragraphs below mentioning that he still awaited the arrival of Charles Thomson. In this instance the way he mentions the two men suggest they were not the same.

National Archives of Scotland, Russell Papers, RH15/106/531. Various letters and accounts of James Thomson (1684); RH15/106/574. Patrick Thomson to Andrew Russell, 23 & 28 May, 13, 19 & 27 June 1685.

Service record

SCOTLAND, STUART KINGDOMS, NORRKOPING
Arrived 1684-06-01
Departed 1684-08-27
Capacity SKIPPER, purpose TRADE, COMMERCE
 
Arrived 1685-05-30
Capacity SKIPPER, purpose TRADE, COMMERCE