MIDDLETON, LAWRENCE [SSNE 77]
- MIDDLETON, MIDDELTHOU
- First name
- Social status
Lawrence Middleton came from Shetland. He was listed as ensign in the Danish army in 1657, a lieutenant in 1658 and captain in Jylland in 1659. Middleton was attached to Gyldenloves Horse during the siege of Copenhagen. He returned to Shetland during the Restoration and served as a baillie of Lerwick from the 1660s onwards. For a report on his gravestone we know that he died in 1709 at the age of 74 (buried in Lerwick on 8 August that year).
Sources: G. Lind, Danish Data Archive 1573; J.C.W. Hirsch and K. Hirsch (eds.), 'Fortegnelse over Dansk og Norske officerer med flere fra 1648 til 1814' (12 vols. compiled 1888-1907), VII,vol. 2; T. Riis, Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot (Odense, 1988), II, p.146.; RA. Da. Kanc. B 150, fol. 216r.-219r. no. 10, 7/2/1659.
Account of Lawrence Middleton's gravestone, Shetland Times, 15 May 1897
We thank Brian Smith of Shetland Archives for updating this entry and the Shetland Times reference.