PORTEOUS, JAMES [SSNE 791]

Surname
PORTEOUS, PORTUS, PORTEUS
First name
JAMES, JACOBUS
Title/rank
COMPANY DIRECTOR
Nationality
SCOT
Social status
BURGESS
Religion
LUTHERAN

Text source

James Porteous was a Scottish merchant who worked in Stockholm and became a burgess of the town on 6 March 1637. In August 1652 he buried Baltzar Werler in Maria Kyrka in Stockholm. In the same church he also buried a non-resident Dutchman in May 1665 Letters dated in Stockholm from the 1650s survive relating to Jacob Porteous and Hans Primrose [SSNE 814] are signed by Peter Chambers [SSNE 4929] and Robert Erskine and appear to relate to some problem with councillor Michael Abrahamson. Perhaps this indicates Scots sticking up for fellow Scots. A further letter from 30 April 1656 describes James Porteous as a burgess and merchant in Stockholm. He appears to have been in Gothenburg in 1658. However he was also engaged in a legal case with James Mesterton [SSNE 6696]over a sum of money which Porteous claimed he had already paid Mesterton. From the biography of his son, Johan Porteous [SSNE 4925] in Kleberg's 'Kammarkollegium' we are informed that James married Elisabet Baltazarsdotter Vernle. However, resolutions exist that show his widow as Catharina Silferstierna.

He possibly had two other sons, Thomas and Jakob. It was probably this man who served as a director for the Tar Company in Stockholm in 1669, He was buried on 11 November 1672 in Maria Kyrka in Stockholm in a grave bought from the Macleans in 1659. His widow was buried beside him on 4 March 1676.

Sources: For his widow as Catherina see Riksarkivets ämnessamlingar. Personhistoria https://sok.riksarkivet.se/bildvisning/A0070064_00327#?c=&m=&s=&cv=326&xywh=-161%2C1850%2C6549%2C3777

Stockholm Stadsarkiv: Borgare i Stockholm, Register 1601-1650, p.65; Stockholms Stadsarkivet, Maria Församling, Register över döda, 1654-1655, pp.149 & 214; Stockholms Stadsarkivet, Maria Församling, Register över döda, 1656-1680, p.440; Swedish Riksarkiv, Biographica Microcard, E01711 7/8, letters 30/04/1656, 20/05/1656, 23/12/165?, 14/05/1658; Swedish Riksarkiv, Oxenstiernasamlingen 28:3, undated letter; Swedish Riksarkiv, Stegborgsamlingen: Skrivelser till Johan Casimir och hans gamaal, May 1639; Swedish Riksarkiv, Förteckning över Momma-Reenstierna Samlingen, part C: brev till Bröderna Momma-Reenstierna ingångna skrivelser, section 2, brev till Jacob Momma-Reenstierna - E2518, 50, P, 1650; J. Kileberg 'Svenska Ambetsverk, del VI:I Kammarkollegium 1634-1718 (Norrkoping, 1957), p.70; T. Fischer, The Scots in Sweden (Edinburgh, 1907), p.216; Svenska Riksrådets Protokoll, vol.XVIII, pp.104-6; H. Roseveare, (ed.), Markets and Merchants of the Late Seventeenth Century: The Marscoe-David Letters, 1668-1680 (Oxford, 1987), p.304; C.F. Corin, Självstyre och kunglig maktpolitik inom Stockholms stadsförvaltning, 1668-1697 (Stockholm, 1958), pp.172-179; Steve Murdoch, Network North: Scottish Kin, Commercial and Covert Associations in Northern Europe, 1603-1746 (Brill, Leiden, 2006), pp.161, 212, 223; Curt Haij, 'Skottar i Stockholm under 1600-talet', unpublished list of names, Hintze biblioteket, Genealogiska Föreningen, Sundbyberg, Stockholm. Thanks to Ardis Dreisbach for this information.

Service record

SWEDEN, STOCKHOLM
Arrived 1637-01-01
Departed 1672-11-26
Capacity BURGESS, MERCHANT,DIRECTOR OF THE TAR COMPANY, purpose CIVIC, MERCANTILE, TRADE