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CITIZENS OF POLAND WHO WERE FROM ABERDEEN
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CITIZENS OF POLAND WHO WERE FROM ABERDEEN

Historic Photographs
Amelia Morawiak
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CITIZENS OF POLAND WHO WERE FROM ABERDEEN
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CITIZENS OF POLAND WHO WERE FROM ABERDEEN
There are many others who have traveled from Aberdeen to Poland and made successful careers. Some of these people being:

John Burnet (b. 1603)

John Burnet was from Aberdeen. Burnet was made citizen of Krakow in 1617. He had traded 10 Polish florins, a gun, and half a stone of gunpowder in return for citizenship.

Sir George Skene of Rubislaw (1619-1707)

Sir George was a former Danzig merchant who later became the Provost of Aberdeen 1676-1685. George Skene had arrived in Poland with his step-brother and apprenticed him to George Edie in Danzig.

William Forbes (1566-1627)

William Forbes was the founder of Craigevar Family and former merchant. With the riches he had acquired in Poland he bought many estates in Aberdeenshire. He was also known as "Danzig Willie" and "Willie the Merchant".

John Turner

Turner, also a former merchant in Poland, was a benefactor of the Marischal College. In 1688, he left 4 bursaries to Marischal College and his coat of arms can be seen in the historical window in Mitchell Hall.

John Craig (b. 1587)

John Craig was a trader in Krakow. He paid 10 Hungarian Florins to become a citizen of Poland.

George Crukshank (b. 1686)

Crukshank was a merchant in Krakow who paid 100 florins plus an additional 14 florins instead of the usually required gun and gunpowder.

The image on the left is a reproduction of a portrait of George Skene by George Jamieson. It is from Alexander Munro's Memorials of the Aldermen, Provosts, and Lord Provosts of Aberdeen, 1272-1895 (1897).
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