ORMISTON, ANDREW [SSNE 8123]
- ORMISTON, ORMESTON
- First name
- ANDREW, ANDREAS
- Social status
Colonel Andrew Ormiston, although not the first Scottish officer in the service of the United Netherlands, was the first colonel of the first regiment in the Scots-Dutch Brigade. On 12 September 1573, it was reported in England that 400 Scots had landed at Zierickzee, and it was reported in Bruges that a further 200 had arrived in Zealand (Ferguson, 7). Ormiston was described in the Bruges report as being "ung homme de belle taille avec la barbe quelque peu rossette," (Ferguson, 7). Ormiston's career was cut short, not by enemy bullet or blade, but by that of a fellow Scot. In April 1574, he was killed in a duel with Captain Sir Henry Balfour [SSNE 5011], who then took command of the regiment (Ferguson, p. 8).
J. Ferguson, Papers Illustrating the History of the Scots Brigade in theservice of the United Netherlands, 1572-1697, Vol. I (Edinburgh, 1899), pp. xxxiv, 6, 7, 8, 36.
This entry created by Mr Jack Abernethy.