PETRIE, ROBERT [SSNE 6787]

Surname
PETRIE, PETRE, PETRIJ
First name
ROBERT, THE ELDER
Title/rank
JUDGE, BURGESS, FACTORY OWNER
Nationality
SCOT
Region
MONTROSE, ANGUS

Text source

Robert Petrie was the son of George Petrie, the provost of Montrose. He was born on 9 September or 1 November 1614 and died 29 March 1690. Aged 14 Robert came to Sweden after his father's death in 1628/29 along with his brother George [SSNE 6788] to be with their older brother William [SSNE 6708]. In 1638 he became a burgess of Stockholm. In 1644 he moved to Arboga, calling his nephews Robert and Jakob to join him (they became burgesses of Arboga). However, he also founded Brattfors steel works in Ockelbo, Gastrickland. It is presumably this Robert Petrie, noted as 'the elder', who attended the Riksdag in Stockholm in 1668 as a representative for Arboga. Robert married Maria (Mararetha) Hoijer and with her had a son called Gabriel, although Granqvist notes Robert fathered 13 children, including one Robert Robertsson Petre who returned to Stockholm, and a . According to Hellstrom, his daughter Catharina married William Helleday [SSNE 787]. When Helleday died, sometime in 1679?, Robert took on the service of one John Guthrie [SSNE 2369]who had been in Helleday's service. From c.1675-1690 Robert Petrie and his sons Robert and Wellam operated Hofors bruk. Wellam continued running this until his own death in 1706.

Petrus Norberg, 'Gästriklands hyttor och hamrar'in Blad för bergshanteringens vänner (1959). This information, derived from a number of sources, was originally provided by Knut Fasting and updated by Georg Haggren. The information regarding Helleday and Guthrie comes from G. Hellstrom, Stockholms Stads Herdaminne (Stockholm, 1951), p.436, pp.588-9; Steve Murdoch, Network North: Scottish Kin, Commercial and Covert Associations in Northern Europe, 1603-1746 (Brill, Leiden, 2006), pp.187, 191, 193; Borgarstandets Riksdagsprotokoll, fore Frihetstiden (Uppsala, 1933), p.42. See also Paul Meijer Granqvist, Stockholmskt Borgarfolk (Stockholm, 1902) pp. 73-76 (thanks to Jan Helleday for this source).

Service record

SWEDEN, STOCKHOLM
Arrived 1628-01-01
Departed 1644-12-31
Capacity MERCHANT BURGESS, purpose CIVIC, TRADE, COMMERCE
SWEDEN, ARBOGA, HOFORS BRUK
Arrived 1644-01-01
Departed 1690-03-29
Capacity BURGESS, FOUNDRY OWNER, purpose COMMERCE, INDUSTRY
SWEDEN, STOCKHOLM
Arrived 1668-06-08, as RÅDMAN
Departed 1668-06-10, as RÅDMAN
Capacity CIVIC SERVANT, RIKSDAG, purpose BURGESS, CIVIC SERVICE