ANDERSON, JACOB [SSNE 5200]
- ANDERSON, ANDERSEN, DISCHINGTHUN, DISHINGTON, DISHINGTOUN, DISSINGTON, DISCHINGTON
- First name
- JACOB, JAMES
- HOLLAND, STRONSAY, ORKNEY AND BERGEN, NORWAY
- Social status
James Anderson Dischingthun was born in the Holland district of Stronsay in the Orkney Islands. His name tells us that his father's first name was Andrew, and the only Andrew Dischingthun so far identified in Orkney was the Reverend Andrew Dischingthun, Minister of Rowsay, who is mentioned in a document relating to Patrick Stewart, Earl of Orkney on 5 March 1605. James moved to Bergen where he married Lutzia Jansdotter of Bergen sometime before or during 1634. James apparently witnessed a fellow Bergen-based Orcadian Thomas Cromartie's [SSNE 6857] sale of land in 1640. He also corresponded with Andrew Smyth, sherriff-depute of Shetland in August 1642. He had several children namely Job, Marthe, Wenche, Ahl, Wilmiche, Anders, Anna, Jacob, Elen, Jon and Lisbeth. He died before 24/08/1668 though his wife lived on until the 1680's. In 1657 his land and wealth were valued at about 1800 rdl, and in 1686 his son Job lived in his old house. Important events in Dischingthun family life were recorded in the family bible. He is perhaps the same man as Jacob Anderson [SSNE 4538].
Sources: Bergen Statsarkiv, Sollied Archive, Dischingthun; N. Nicolaysen, Bergens Borgerbog 1550-1751 (Oslo, 1878), p.56; National Archives of Scotland GD 190/3/234 no 9. James Dishington in Bergen to Andrew Smith, sherriff depute of Shetland; D. A. Bailey, 'An ancient Bible and a Family Record' in Norsk Slektshistorisk Tidsskrift, XXV (Oslo 1976), pp.169-171; Register of the Great Seal of Scotland, vol. VI, 1598-1608, no. 1568, p.571. Thanks to Lars Maersk Hansen for the information regarding Thomas Cromartie.