MEETKERKE, ADOLPHUS [SSNE 8440]

Surname
MEETKERKE
First name
ADOLPHUS

Text source

Sir Adolphus Meetkerke was a Flemish diplomat and exile in England. He was the president of Flander and an amabassador to Queen Elizabeth in the 1580s. After a failed coup in the Dutch Republic in favor of the Earl of Leicester, he remained in England. He had four sons, all of whom served in the Dutch army: Adolph [SSNE 8439], Nicolaas (killed at Deventer, 1591), Anthony (killed at Zutphen, 1586), and Baldwin (killed at Deventer, 1591).Sir Adlophus died in London on 6 October 1591, aged 60. 

 

Sources: 

Burke, Bernard and Burke, Peter Ashworth, A genealogical and heraldic history of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain & Ireland (London, 1894), p. 1373.

Trim, David, 'Fighting 'Jacob's Wars.' The Employment of English and Welsh Mercenaries in the European Wars of Religion: France and the Netherlands, 1562-1610,' (PhD Thesis, King's College, 2002), p. 386.

 

This entry created by Mr Jack Abernethy.

Service record

ENGLAND, THE DUTCH REPUBLIC, LONDON
Departed -0001-11-30, as EXILE
Capacity AMBASSADOR, purpose DIPLOMACY