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  • ID: I6099
  • Name: Katherine (Kath) Maxwell
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: ABT 1638 in Scotland
  • Death: DEC 1709 in Tallow, County Waterford, Ireland
  • Note:
    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
    daughter

    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
  • Change Date: 3 DEC 2016



    Father: William Maxwell b: ABT 1605
    Mother: (?) Murdoch b: 16??

    Marriage 1 George Elliott b: CIR 1636
    • Married: 18 JAN 1654 in St Olave's Church, Silver Street, London
    Children
    1. Has No Children Katherine Elliott b: BEF 14 DEC 1660
    2. Has No Children Margaret Elliott b: BEF 3 MAY 1663
    3. Has Children Roger Elliott b: CIR 1665 in Tangier, Morocco

    Marriage 2 Robert Spotswood b: 17 SEP 1637
    • Married: 22 FEB 1670 in Garrison Church, Tangier, Morocco 1
    Children
    1. Has Children Alexander Spotswood b: CIR 1676 in Tangier, Morocco
    2. Has No Children Bethia Spotswood b: BEF 1680 in Tangier, Morocco

    Marriage 3 George Mercer b: 16?? in Scotland
    • Married: BEF 15 OCT 1683 in Garrison Church, Tangier, Morocco

    Sources:
    1. Abbrev: British Museum Add. Mss.36528
      Note:
      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.
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