DUNDEE, BLASIUS [SSNE 768]

Surname
DUNDEE, DUNDIE, DUNDIJ, DUNDI, DONDEIJ
First name
BLASIUS
Title/rank
BURGESS
Nationality
SCOT
Region
DUNDEE?
Social status
BURGESS
Religion
LUTHERAN

Text source

Blasius Dundee was born before 1550 and first appears in Sweden in 1575 where he became an established merchant. He appears in the Stockholmsstads tanke boker for 1577 simply noted as a "Scot". In 1577 he delivered supplies and acted as banker for King John III's campaigns. In 1578 the Stockholmsstads tankeboker noted his occupation as "kottmanglare" or one who trades in meat. He became a burgess of Stockholm on 20 July 1583, owning several houses there. Between 1586-96 he was one of the city Elders. In 1589 he was called to support Thomas Ogilvie's claim for overdue reimbursement against a fellow Scottish merchant in Poland. The following year he served as a witness in an inheritance case involving yet another member of the Scottish community in Sweden, Andrew Angus. 

In 1593, Dundee was one of the burgesses who represented Stockholm at the burial of John III and the coronation of Sigismund, where he handed over the keys of the town. At the Riksdag at Uppsala in 1594 he was one of the burgesses representing Stockholm who took an oath of loyalty to Sigismund on the 22/23 February. That year he appeared before the Stockholm court and requested and obtained a pass for his freighted ship from Scotland, captained by one Lubeck man called Herman Piper. 

 

In 1595 Blasius extended large cash loans to the Swedish crown, only repaid in 1616. In 1596 his servant boy, Klemet, was brought up before the Stockholm consistory for making a girl pregnant. Blasius appears to have paid tax in 1621. Blasius was married three times. His first wife appears to have died in 1578, and his second wife, called Walborg, is noted in 1581 in the Stockholmsstads tankeboker. His first, Malin Willems/Williamsdotter was probably of Scottish birth. In 1599 he accused her of adultery with several men - including a Scottish clerk of the Muster roll, William Brown [SSNE 6131] to whom he wrote directly. Two of his children were baptised at St Nikolai church in Stockholm, in 1611 and 1615. Within this period he is reported to have been in Vasa in Finland. Blasius died in 1621 and left behind his wife (variously Brita/Anna), several children including Blasius Dundee [SSNE 6130] younger and Catharina and Brita Blasiidotter. Several other children were buried in Nicolai between 1588 and 1603. It is not clear if he was related to John Dundee [SSNE 7783].

 

The part of Stockholm called 'Blasieholmen' is named after him.

 

Sources: Swedish Riksarkiv, Biographica Microcard, E01354 4/7 REFERENCES TO HIS DESCENDENTS; T. Fischer, The Scots in Sweden (Edinburgh, 1907), pp. 21-25, 215; J.Berg and B. Lagercrantz, Scots in Sweden, (Stockholm, 1962), p.25; F.U.W. 'Blasius Dundie' in Person Historisk Tidskrift, vol. 3, 1901, pp.41-52; Borgarståndets Riksdagsprotokoll före frihetstiden (Uppsala, 1933), p.337; D. Almquist, ed. Stockholms stads tänkeböcker från år 1592, part 1 (Stockholm, 1939), p.79, 90, 127, 131, 148, 155, 162, 189; J.A. Almquist, ed. Stockholms stads tänkeböcker från år 1576-1578,(Stockholm, 1943), p.383; J.A. Almquist, ed. Stockholms stads tänkeböcker 1589-1591, (Stockholm, 1948), pp.44-5, 216; Stockholm Stadsarkiv, Stockholmsstads Konsistorii Protokoll, 1595-1632, vol.1, p.75 and vol.2, p.17; Stockholm Stadsarkiv, St Nikolai kyrkas dopbok fran och med 1611 till och med 1622, p.3 and p.18; Stockholm Stadsarkiv, Register över döda m flera enligt Nikolai församlings räkenskaper, I 1546-1623, pp.10-11; Birgitta Lager, Stockholms befolkning på Johan III:s tid (Stockholm, 1962), p.132; Steve Murdoch, Network North: Scottish Kin, Commercial and Covert Associations in Northern Europe, 1603-1746 (Brill, Leiden, 2006), pp.57, 161. See also 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.

 

See also: Riksarkivets ämnessamlingar. Personhistoria https://sok.riksarkivet.se/bildvisning/A0069583_00174#?c=&m=&s=&cv=173&xywh=2422%2C1587%2C3628%2C2092

Service record

SWEDEN, STOCKHOLM
Arrived 1576-01-01
Departed 1582-12-31
Capacity BANKER, purpose CIVIL SERVICE
SWEDEN, STOCKHOLM
Arrived 1583-01-01
Departed 1621-12-31
Capacity MERCHANT BURGESS, purpose CIVIC, MERCANTILE, TRADE, COMMERCE
SWEDEN, STOCKHOLM
Arrived 1586-01-01
Departed 1596-12-31
Capacity CITY ELDER, purpose CIVIC