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Offline felix

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Re: Scots in Moscow
« on: March 01, 2005, 09:45:30 AM »
Was  one of Peter the Great's generals Scottish ?

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Re: Scots in Moscow
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2005, 10:54:49 AM »
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Was  one of Peter the Great's generals Scottish ?


Patrick Gordon was the name of the Scottish General. If I remember correctly, he help to modernise Peter the Great's Army. I don't have access to my books on Peter the Great at the moment.


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Re: Scots in Moscow
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2005, 11:15:57 AM »
Thanks Kyra,that makes my Scottish/Russian blood happy. Didnt Catherine the Great have a Scottish Lady-in-Waiting? Maybe a Hamilton?

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Re: Scots in Moscow
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2005, 11:04:57 AM »
Sorry,, Catherine the II was in St.Petersburg.

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Re: Scots in Moscow
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2005, 04:48:10 PM »
Yes Catherine II (the Great) did have a 'lady-in-waiting' of Scottish extraction.

An earlier post refers to General Patrick Gordon - a general in the army of Peter I.   Peter the Great's closest friend, after Menshikov, was a Scotsman - James Bruce - another Scottish mercenery.   When Peter was a teenager,  Bruce rescued him from drowning when his little boat overturned in a river/canal near Ismailovskaya.   From that day, for the rest of his life, Bruce was one of Peter's closest personal friends.

It was one of his descendants, or perhaps she was married to one of his descendants,  (Margaret, I think) Brusova who was at the court  of Catherine II.   She was one of two impreuvesses.   The doctor who minstered to Catherine and who was with her at her death was the Scot, Dr Rogerson from Dumfriesshire.  

The Brusov estate lies north of Moscow and indeed the land became home to Russia's first golf course.

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PS:   General Patrick Gordon died in the arms of Peter I.   Nobody knew, more than Peter the extent to which Gordon was responsible for his victories.


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Re: Scots in Moscow
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2005, 05:27:23 PM »
During Putin's state visit to Great Britain last year, he made a point of visiting Edinburgh to acknowledge Scotland's contribution to Russia. Much of imperial St Petersburg was designed by Scottish architects.