Patrick Ruthven ~ Soldier

Patrick Ruthven: Ruthven was a mercenary soldier that saw service in Gustavus Adolphus’s Swedish Service as a Captain (1606). He is described in many texts as one of Adolphus’s most capable commanders. He had been born in around 1573, the eldest son of William Ruthven of Ballendean in Perthshire. In 1638, he left the Swedish Service having attained the rank of Major-General and returned to Scotland where he was appointed Muster-Master-General of Edinburgh Castle. During the (English) Civil War he fought for Charles I and was badly wounded at the Battle of Newbury in 1644. Surviving his wounds, Patrick Ruthven was exiled to Sweden, although he eventually returned to Scotland during the Restoration. He died in 1651.