STRACHAN, John, Captain
- Born: About 1590
- Marriage (1): HAY, Isobel
- Died: After 1670
Another name for John was STRAQUHAN, John, Capitane.
(before the Treaty of Ripon 26 October 1640)
"The citizens of Aberdeen, who had been at first zealous in their attachment to the cause of the King, had been led to adopt that of his opponents on various considerations, not the least important of which were two invasions of the Burgh by the Covenanting forces under the Earl of Montrose, and we find them agreeing to send a company of burgesses to serve as soldiers under Captain John Strachan, in the army of Scotland, which was now to be sent to England."
"27 December 1643.
The quhilk day the provest baillies and counsell, all in ane voice but contradiction, electit, nominat, and chusit Captain John Straquhan to be captan and leader of the company of soiours levied and to be levied out the touns of this burghe for the present expedition vnto Ingland, and ordanes him immediatlie efter the dait heirof to enter with his charge in training and dreilling of the said company, and vsing of all militarie disciplin over thame, conform to the order vseit in sic caices."
"3 January 1644.
The said day the provest, baillies, and counsell, all in ane voice, but contradiction electit, nominat, and chuisit Lieutennent John Ray to be levetenuant and leader vnder Capitan John Straquhan of the company of soiouris levied, and to be levied out of this burghe, for the present expedition into England, and ordanes him immediatlie efter the dait heirof to
enter with his charge in training and dreilling of the said company, and vseing of all militarie disciplin over thame, conform to the ordour vseit in sic caises."
The said day Mr William Moir, baillie, maid report to the counsell of his diligence anent the commission gevin to him for acquainting the Committee of Estaits at Edinburgh, of the disaster done to the toune be Lairds of Haddo, Drum, and thair associats, in taking away of Patrick Leslie, provest, Mr Robert Farquhar, Alexander and John Jaffrayes, as prisoners with them, on the nyntein day of March last, with whaes report and diligence the counsell wes weill pleased, and ordanit George Cullen, thesaurer, to pay to Patrick Moir, maister of the mortified moneyes, tua hundreth merkis advanced be him to the said Mr William for his charges and expenssis; and also ordanes the said thesaurer to pay the said Patrick sic other soumes as he has advanced in outrigs of the touns company, vnder the conduct of Capitane John Straquhan, in the present expedition towards England.
The councell haveing receauit ane letter from Capitane John Straquhan, capitan of the touns company, from Morpet, showing that he deburst aue hundreth punds for our touns companies charges in Leith, and desyrit repetition of it, and of the companies march moneyes twixt Leith and Bervick, with diverse vthers dews, alledgit payable to him for pavilions, caps, stoups, and vther necessaris, the counsell ordanes the hundreth punds to be payit to him be the dean of gild, and that for the soiors transporting from Leith to Bervick, and ane answer to be wreittin to the capitane his letter."
"25 January 1645.
The said day compeirit Alexr. Barnet, indweller in Aberdene, and became actit cationer for Alexr. Gordon, indweller in the said burghe, that the said Alexr. Gordon sail content and pay to Capitane John Straquhan the soume of thrie scoir ten merkis Scots, or any vtheris in his name, haveand the said Capitane his warrand, betwixt the dait heirof and the audit day of Aprile nixt to come, togidder with tuentie merkis money in caise of faillie by and attour the said principall soume, and the said Alexr. Gordon actit him to relieve his said cationer, and for that effect hes presentlie deliuerit and disponit to the said Alexr. Barnet, his haill horsse, nolt, and vtheris guidis belonging to him, for the farder relieff of the said
"1 July 1646.
The said day the haill toun for the maist pairt being convenit within the tolbuith, be tuk of drum passing throw the haill streits of the same, it was exponit to them be the said Mr Thomas Gray, provest, that capitane John Straquhan be ordouris from the Committee of Estaits, wes requireing off the toun the aucht man, conforme to the first levie that did goe tonIngland out of this burghe, and desyrit at the saids inhabitants if they wald giue obedience to the saids ordouris for riging out of men to the said capitane John to goe to England."
By the 24 May 1647 the Town Council had chosen Captain Thomas Meldrum to lead the town company of soldiers "for the present expedition into England".
from Extracts from the Council Register of the Burgh of Aberdeen
John married Isobel HAY, daughter of Alexander HAY 10th of Delgaty and Elizabeth KEITH. (Isobel HAY was born about 1590.)