HELLEDAG, GILBERT [SSNE 7359]
Gilbert Halliday (Helledag) was the father of John Halliday [SSNE 7358], who in turn fathered William Halliday [SSNE 787], who became one of the most significant iron traders in Sweden in the post 1650s. Unfortunately little more is known of Gilbert other than that by 1618, when his son John was born, he was resident in Stockholm.
Gilbert Helledag is named in the Stockholm town council records in 1618 as the father of Hans Helledag, the latter of whom was involved in a dispute with one Peder Hanson. Hanson complained to the council on 17 June 1618 regarding some personal belongings, money and some velvet which Hanson wanted Helledag to procure a guarantor for himself as he intended to travel to Danzig. Hanson was told to have his written evidence, originally from Scotland, translated into Swedish.
That same day another Scot, Sander Davidson, affirmed that 'Baxter' had delivered one Hans Årte to Åbo and had brought 'Hillbrand' (Gilbert?) Helledag a sum of 100 daler.
Sources: Curt Haij, 'Skottar i Stockholm under 1600-talet', unpublished list of names, Hintze biblioteket, Genealogiska Föreningen, Sundbyberg, Stockholm. Thanks to Ardis Dreisbach for this information. Stockholmsstads Tänkeböcker, vol., 17 June 1618, p.213.