BROWNHILL, ANDREW [SSNE 7393]

Surname
BROWNHILL
First name
ANDREW
Title/rank
SIR
Nationality
SCOT
Social status
NOBILITY

Text source

Sir Andrew Brownhill served as an envoy to Denmark on January 1514. King James V of Scotland sent Brownhill to king Christian II of the Kalmar Union (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) as he had lived in Denmark and thus was known, not only to Christian, but had known Christian's father the previous king. Brownhill's instructions included an explanation of the hostile relations between Scotland and England at the time and seeking military aid for Scotland from Denmark (having already achieved it from France). Christian was asked to supply a fleet with "arms, men, guns and powder" with special reference to the reciprocal bond between Scotland and Denmark. Louis, king of France, was also sending an envoy to Denmark to promote the same cause. James V would promote the marriage alliance sought between Denmark and France.

The Letters of James V, ed. Denys Hay, Edinburgh, 1954, p.4. See in the same collection the 'Instructions for Brownhill' detailing his mission to Christian.

Service record

DENMARK, COPENHAGEN
Arrived 1514-02-02
Capacity DIPLOMACY, purpose ROYAL ENVOY