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Knighted by James VI. During his military career John had command of a Scots Regiment. He was a General in the Dutch service and President of the Grand Marishal (Marshall)in the Netherlands. He fell at the head of his regiment during the seige of Bois-le-Duc ('s Hertogenbosch) on 3 August 1629 and was buried in Huesden, both located in the Netherlands.

He married Maria Van Loon on 19 December 1608. They are the progenitors of the European branches of the Halkett family.


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