RUSSEL, THOMAS [SSNE 5389]
Text sourceIn February 1672, Thomas Russel and Johan King [SSNE 5391] were mentioned in a missive from the king of Denmark-Norway as being merchant burgesses of Christiania and residents of Drammen. They were allowed to uplift 60 units of timber beams for trading to England. Later, Russel, now noted as being from Stromso and Christen Christensen, bailiff of Ringerige were involved in a dispute with on Mikkel Jensen in July 1685. Russel was soon after made a burgess of Stromso. He upset the authorities there by failing to pay taxes. However, a letter from the king dated 25 August 1688 said that because he to be exempted from some of the burgess taxes because he was a foreigner and did not know the countries laws. He was also allowed to keep his burgess status. In 1691 Russel's widow, Ahled Henriksdatter, applied for permission to marry Hjeronimus Brygman.
R. Fladby (ed.), Norske Kongebrev (6 vols., Oslo, 1962), II, p.144, III, p.206, IV, p.255, V, p.81.