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Community, Commodity And Commerce: The Stockholm-Scots In The Seventeenth Century

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This chapter considers the civilian Scots located in the Swedish capital city, Stockholm, and their influence on commerce. It considers the civilian activities of the Scots in Stockholm, to evaluate their significance, in order to place them into a comparative context with their sister communities elsewhere. The Stockholm-Scots were a mix of military, mercantile and artisan families and strove to maintain a distinctive economic and linguistic community in the same way as the Dutch. Scots resident out with the city were oft en buried in Stockholm's churches, some of them being laid to rest among the elite of the nation in Riddarholms Kyrka. The chapter establishes a number of features about the Scottish civilian presence in the city that evolved from the arrival of a single merchant into a thriving community of merchants, entrepreneurs, artisans, scholars, clergymen, soldiers, sailors, administrators, noblemen and humble servants.

Keywords: commerce; commodity; Dutch; entrepreneurs; merchants; Scottish civilian; Scottish community; seventeenth century; Stockholm-scots; Stockholm's churches



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