Scottish Soldiers in Russia: Patrick Gordon of Auchleuchries and the Russo-Scottish connection

Matthew Glozier


This paper is concerned with the contribution and character of Scottish soldiers who ventured to Russia in the early modem period (circa 1550--1700). The diverse and fascinating subject of Russo-Scottish connections has been studied by historians of both nations. However, they have tended to concentrate on well-known individuals like Patrick Gordon, or a particular period -for example, the reign of Catherine the Great -or some special aspect such as trade or achievements of Scots doctors in Russia.1

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