LEIJEL, HENRY [SSNE 3614]

Surname
LEIJEL, LEIJELL, LEYELL, LYELL, LYALL
First name
HENRY, HENRIK
Nationality
SCOT
Region
ARBROATH, ANGUS

Text source

Henry Leijel (1627-1710) from Scotland was the son of Patrick Leijel of Arbroath. He arrived in Sweden with his brothers James [SSNE 4934], Adam [SSNE 6493] and David [SSNE 824] in 1638. Henry became involved in finance and a creditor of the Swedish Privy Councillor, Bengt Horn. Henry married Judit Rokes (1647-1705) and with her had son, Henry ([SSNE 2131] or [SSNE 3725]), Balthasar [SSNE 1051] and Adam [SSNE 3772]. Adam went to Uppsala University in 1679 and was later ennobled in 1719. The Arbroath brothers became important factory owners in Alvkarled, Rockhammar, Gottbohl (in Ununge Parish) and Harnas. James also had some financial transactions with the Momma-Reenstierna family in Sweden. The brothers also engaged in the Swedish iron trade, Jacob exporting 55,290 shipounds and David 12,706 shipounds between 1651-60, making them together the third largest exporter of the commodity from Sweden (behind the Momma-Reenstierna brothers and Abraham Bex). They also co-operated with Adam Raddou, the forth largest exporter who was Jacob Leijel's brother-in-law (adding his exports, the kin group of Leijel and Raddou exported the largest amount of iron, 130,000 ship pounds). The family partership also saw Raddou and Jacob lease all the Crown's forges and mines in the district of Nora and Linde during the 1660s. A fourth Leijel brother, Adam [SSNE 6493] who was active in the Eastland Company also migrated to Sweden and became a burgess of Stockholm in 1670 and a business associate of Henry's. The Klara Kyrka records show that Henry buried a son in 1697 and his wife in 1705. He was buried there himself on 17 June 1710. 

 

Sources: 

Riksarkivets ämnessamlingar. Personhistoria https://sok.riksarkivet.se/bildvisning/A0069813_00325#?c=&m=&s=&cv=324&xywh=2155%2C2311%2C4324%2C2494

In 1684 he co signed a letter in Stockholm with the British merchants Adam (his brother), Jacob Mesterton [SSNE 6696], John Bower [SSNE 7761], Thomas Lake [SSNE 8343], Johan Geddes (possibly [SSNE 2321]) and John Strother [SSNE 8344]. https://sok.riksarkivet.se/bildvisning/A0073901_00251#?c=&m=&s=&cv=250&xywh=2859%2C577%2C4757%2C2608

Stockholm Stadsarkiv, Klara församlings register över döda, 1680 - 1710, p.185; T. Fischer, The Scots in Sweden (Edinburgh, 1907), Supplement, pp.215-267; Leos Müller, The Merchant Houses of Stockholm, c.1640-1800 (Uppsala, 1988), p.86; Svenska Adelns Ättartavlor, iv, pp.518-522; Svenskt Biografiskt Lexikon, XXII, pp.449-50; Steve Murdoch, Network North: Scottish Kin, Commercial and Covert Associations in Northern Europe, 1603-1746 (Brill, Leiden, 2006), pp.181, 189-191.

Service record

SWEDEN, ALVKARLEO, HARNAS, STOCKHOLM
Arrived 1638-01-01
Departed 1710-06-17
Capacity FACTORY OWNER, purpose CIVIC, MANUFACTURE