STUART, ROBERT [SSNE 8271]
Robert Stuart (AKA Thomas Fowler) was a sailor on a man-of-war in the service of the Dutch Republic, sometime before 1602. On 3 August that year Stuart, under the alias Thomas Fowler, along with six other sailors passed as soldiers to "fill-out" Captain Balfour's land company in the Scots-Dutch Brigade. Stuart was found guilty of breaking his oaths as a sailor, and "defrauded and robbed the Land," a capital offense. On 20 September, the States-General and the Council of State ordered Stuart to be hanged as example to others.
J. Ferguson, Papers Illustrating the History of the Scots Brigade in theservice of the United Netherlands, 1572-1697 (Edinburgh, 1899), p. 185.
This entry created by Mr Jack Abernethy.