Name: Katherine (Kath) Maxwell
Birth: ABT 1638 in Scotland
Death: DEC 1709 in Tallow, County Waterford, Ireland
Change Date: 3 DEC 2016
Katherine Maxwell (cir 1638-1709)
Understood to have had a descent from Robert the Bruce - but had an obvious royal ancestral descent via Maxwell surname.
Cousin of the Earl of Teviot, Andrew Rutherford (16??-1664)
Niece to Dr Alexander 'Longnez' Burnett of Glasgow (who may have trained George Elliott?)
Douglas Richardson describes Katherine as a cousin to Sarah Churchill nee Jennings, Duchess of Marlborough - however, it is difficult to see this, given Katherine's very obvious Scottish origins.
1658/??/?? Living in London
1679/02/22 Living in Tangier
168?/??/?/ Tangier papers show that Mrs Mercer was living in the house formerly occupied by George Elliott & Robt Spottiswoode.
1683/10/15 Returned to London on HMS Diamond, arrived in The Downs 14 Dec 1683 (The Downs are a natural anchorage between Deal, Kent and the Goodwin Sands)
Males Of what country Whither bound Females Of what country Whither bound
Geo Mercer, Scotch London Kath Mercer, Scotch London
Schoolmaster Minister's wife
Alexr Spotswood, boy Tangier London Bethia Spotswood, Tangier London
However, Ship's passenger list recorded this differently:
"Geo. Mercer, Katherine Mercer, Schoolmaster's wife, and Bethia Spotswood,
schoolmaster's wife's servant"
The accompanying ship HMS Schiedam sank at Gunwalloe Cove, Lizard, on the return trip (and was reconstructed in an episode of Poldark in 2014).
1696/??/?? Living at her lodgings at the Golden Ball on Charles Street in Westminster, Middlesex
1698/??/?? Living at her lodgings at the Golden Ball on Charles Street in Westminster, Middlesex
1705/??/?? Left London for Ireland
1709/12/?? Died in Tallow, Co Waterford, Ireland, of breast cancer
Father: William Maxwell b: ABT 1605
Mother: (?) Murdoch b: 16??
George Elliott b: CIR 1636
18 JAN 1654
in St Olave's Church, Silver Street, London
- Katherine Elliott b: BEF 14 DEC 1660
- Margaret Elliott b: BEF 3 MAY 1663
- Roger Elliott b: CIR 1665 in Tangier, Morocco
Robert Spotswood b: 17 SEP 1637
22 FEB 1670
in Garrison Church, Tangier, Morocco 1
- Alexander Spotswood b: CIR 1676 in Tangier, Morocco
- Bethia Spotswood b: BEF 1680 in Tangier, Morocco
George Mercer b: 16?? in Scotland
BEF 15 OCT 1683
in Garrison Church, Tangier, Morocco
- Abbrev: British Museum Add. Mss.36528
British Museum Add. Mss.36528
Diary of John Luke
(see & Judge Advocate to John Middleton, Earl of Middleton, Govr of Tangier)
Tangier Feb 22nd 1670
Mrs Elliott was marryed to Robin Spotswood of ye Mole.