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Date: Tue, 18 May 1999 20:32:15 +0100
From: Niven Sinclair <>

There is a book called Scots in Sweden by Jonas Berg and Bo Lagercrantz and published by the Swedish Institure in Stockholm in 1962 (The Nordiska Museet) which may be of some interest to you even although it will not add much to your specific research it will give you some indication of the depth and the extent of Scottish penetration into the military affairs of Sweden.

The Scots exported more than whisky. They exported soldiers - the most famous of them forming the Garde Ecossaise* to protect the French Kings and those who went to help King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden who had 34 Scottish Colonels and 60 Lieutenant Colonels in his service - including a whole list of Sinclairs whowere elevated to the Swedish aristocracy by becoming the Counts of Lambahof and the Barons of Finnekumla of that country.

* The Garde Ecossaise was invariably commanded by a Sinclair or by a Montgomery. In this connection it is interesting to note that Field Marshall Viscount Montgomery and Field Marshall Lord Alexander, who were the two outstanding British Generals during the last war, have a Sinclair lineage. Coincidence?

Niven Sinclair
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