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Robert Gordon's Hospital, Aberdeen
Aberdeen's Baltic Adventure

Some natives fled to live an almost mercenary life, fighting on the continent in the many wars which convulsed Europe at that time. However, a peaceful army of farmers, traders and what became skilled town planners, formed their very own Diaspora on the fringes of the Baltic Sea, settling in Lithuania, Germany and Eastern Prussia, mainly in regions now within Polish borders.

Others tried to establish themselves as trading partners with Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland) - one of the leading commercial centres of Europe until the Swedish-Polish wars the late 17th and 18th Centuries. Between them, they not only managed to improve their own livelihoods but also enriched the community of Aberdeen for years to come.

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1 Waldemar Kowalski from Kielce, Poland - 5 October 2003
"This is an interesting article referring to remote aspects of the city's history. It was not only Danzig/Gdansk, however, that became hometown for many Aberdonians in the 16th-17th C. They were also a vast part of Cracow Scottish community, which exsited in the former capital of Poland as early as the beginning of the 16th. In that epoch not only peddlers but also relatively affluent Scottish merchants were active in central Europe. Fortunately, this can be proven with numerous records scattered in archives mostly in Poland, but also in the Aberdeen City Archives, where I am currently collecting source material to my book on the urbanized Scots in Poland in ca. 1560-1660. "

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