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FEMALE COUNTY SHERIFFS
IN THE
KINGDOM OF DENMARK
AND NORWAY

(Including parts of what is now Southern Sweden)

The system of "fiefholders" or tenants (Lensmænd) was reformed during the reigns of  Christian 3. and Frederik 2., which meant that the lensmand got more and more administrative tasks within the local administration and became the represenative of the King and the Central Administration and direct superior with respect to lower local authorities. The lensmand received taxes and excises, was in charge of the military and held the right to appoint judges etc. The fiefs were not hereditary, but the tenant holder (Lensmand) was appointed by the king - normally for life, but they often exchanged tenantcies. If a lensmand died in office his widow or other heirs would administer the tenantcy until the "books were closed" - normally for about a year. Sometimes couples were appointed joint lendmaend for life and on other occiations women were appointed fiefholders in their own right. With the introduction of the absolute rule in 1660 those tasks went to the Amtmand (no women were appointed to this position). And the concept of "len" - tenantcies became part of the new counties and baronies that was introduced after 1671. The Len can be translated into Counties and the Herred into Shire.

Also see Denmark_lensmaend and Denmark_Heads of State


Margrethe Sambiria

1266-82 Reigning Dowager Lady Dowager Queen Margrethe Sambiria of Denmark of Estonia and Virland and of Lolland-Falster

Also known as Margrethe Sprænghest, she was regent 1259-66 for her son Erik 5. Klipping after the death of her husband, Christoffer I. She fought against the powerful Archbishop Jakob Erlandsen. In 1261 she and her son were taken prisoner in Germany. The next year she returned together with Albrecht of Braunshweig and Erlandsen left the country. She managed to persuade Pope to accept the idea of female succession to the Danish throne, though not to her daughters having succession-rights before male relatives in other lines. Estonia was her dowry which she controlled from Lolland-Falster another Dowry in the South of Denmark. Remained influential to her death. She was daughter of Duke Sambor I of Pomerania and Mechtilde of Mecklenburg.  lived ca. (1230-82).


 

1364-84 Reigning Dowager Lady Rikardis Schwerin-Wittenburg of the Island of Als med Sønderborg with several shires in Southern Jutland (Sønderjylland) in Slesvig

Widow of Valdemar 3, who was King of Denmark 1326-30 and Duke of Slesvig 1325- 26 and 1330-64. He was 11 years old when the Council of the Realm chose him as successor of the deposed King Christoffer 7, with his mother's brother, Count Gert 3. von  Holsten-Rendsborg as regent. This led to civil war and peasent's uprisings, and Christoffer was reinstated and Valdemar became Duke of Slesvig. She was mother of two sons, Valdemar (ca. 1338– 60) and Henrik who inherited the duchy. She (d. ca. 1384).

 

1370-83 County Sheriff Helene Olufsdatter Lunge of Bjernedegård Len with Stormandsgården

Helene Lunge was widow of Evert Moltke, she followed her husband as holder of the tenantcy appointed by the Bishop of Roskilde (Bispelensmand). She lived (ca. 1540-83).

Agnes af Danmark

1286-1304 Reigning Dowager Lady Dowager Queen Agnes von Brandenburg of Denmark of Lolland-Falster

Agnes af Brandenborg acted as regent for son Erik IV Menved 1286-92 after her husband, Erik V was assassinated. Several magnates who had been found guilty - probably unjustly- of killing her husband and had been outlawed in 1287 challenged her rule. These outlaws, who were aided by the Norwegian king and soon joined by Duke Valdemar of Schleswig and the new archbishop, Jens Grand, raided the Danish coasts. Erik defeated Valdemar and reached an agreement with Norway in 1295, but he continued to feud with Grand, whose imprisonment led to a papal interdict of the king in 1297. Erik's settlement with Pope Boniface VIII (1303) enabled him to resume Danish conquests along the northern border of the Holy Roman Empire, and in 1304 the emperor Albert I ceded to Denmark all lands north of the Elbe River. Lolland-Falster was her dowry, which she administered as a royal fief, being in charge of aspects of the local administration also after her marriage to Count Gerhard II of Holsten and became mother of another son, Johann. She lived (1258-1304).


 

Ca. 1395-1405 County Sheriff Gertrud Pedersdatter Grubbe of Horsetofte and Ellinge Len

Gertrud Grubbe held the very small estate as a tenant as the Bishop of Roskilde. She was so-called Bispelensmand. She was married to Erik Barnumsen til Skarsholm (d. 1367). She ( d. ca. 1405)

Philippa of Denmark

1406-20 County Sheriff/Reigning Lady Queen Philippa of England of Denmark of Nøsbyhoved Len (Denmark), Romerike (Norway) and Närke Len with Örebro Slot (Sweden)
1420 and 1425-27 and 1429-30 In Charge of the Government of Denmark in Sweden
1420-30
County Sheriff/Reigning Lady of Närke Len, most of the Mälar Area, all of Västmanland Len with Västerås, Uppland Len with Uppsala and the City, Castle and County of Stockholm
1423-25 Regent of Denmark, Norway and Sweden(August-May)

After her marriage to Erik VII of Pomerania, she was granted several fiefs in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. When Erik appointed his cousin, Duke Bigislav IX. of Pommern-Stolp, they made a settlement that meant that she was granted large parts of Sweden as her Dowry (livgeding) and she acted as her husband, 's representative in the country, and she spend much of her time here. During his prilgrimage to Jerusalem from 1423 she was Guardian of the Realm in Denmark. She made a treaty with some members of the North-German Confederation of so-called Hanse-States about the validity of the coin-system (A monitary union) using the titulature; "We, Philippa By the Grace of God, Queen in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Wends and Goths and Duchess in Pommerania...according the power and command that our dearest graceful Lord in his absence has commanded realm and land..". After his return, she was in charge of the government in Sweden. In 1426 she met with the Swedish Council of the Realm in order to secure military help in the war against the counts of Holstein and the following year she met with the Council to discus the war and domestic matters. 1428 she successfully organized the defence of Copenhagen against the attacking Hanse-Cities. The follwing year she returned to Sweden, gave birth to a still-born child in 1429, and lived (1394-1430).

 

1461-80 County Sheriff Hebele Lydikesdatter of Nygård Len

Heble Kande or Kane was widow of Peder Eriksen Gyldenstierne and took over the function as County Sheriff of the Tenantcy of the Bishop of Roskilde (Bispelensmand). She Chief of the Court (Hofmesterinde) of Queen Dorothea and allowed to enjoy the income of the City Tax of Odense. The daughter of Lydike Kane or Kande and Elsebe Daa, she lived (ca. 1420-80).

 

1480-1502 Joint County Sheriff Margrethe Henriksdatter Friis of Kirkendrup and Fremmeløv Len

Margrethe Friis was appointed jointly with her husband, Morten Tinhuus Skinkel, for life. Her son Laurids Skinkel paid it off from her in 1502. She (d. ca. 1511).

Queen Dorothea of Denmark

1448-52 Mistress Queen Dorothea zu Brandenburg of Denmark of Örebro, Närke and Värmland (Sweden)
1481-90 Regent of Slesvig-Holsten (Schleswig-Holstein) (Germany)

Dorothea af Brandenborg had "royal authority" vested in her in 1448 after the death of her first husband, Christoffer 3 of Bayern. She contra signed and authorized the decisions made by the Council of State, which reigned the country. Later same year she married the new king Christian I of Oldenborg and often acted as regent during his many warfares. Her dowry included Roskilde Len and Ringsted Len, and held large parts of Lolland, Falster, Slesvig and Holsten together with Abrahamstrup, Kalundborg, Närke and Värmland (Sweden) as security for loans she granted her husband. She fonded a convent in Køge and travlled twice to Rom on pilgrimages. A month before his death, Christian granted her Slesvig-Holsten as a personal fief, and after his death she acted as regent for son, Frederik, (later king) in the Dukedoms. She lived (1430-90).

1481-1521 County Sheriff Queen Christine von Sachsen of Denmark of Tranekær Len, Næsbyhoved Len, Koldinghus Len  with Brusk, Jerlev, Holmans, Tørrild and ½ of Andst Herreds and Ribe Len, Rigård Len with Skovsby Herred, Hlids Herred Len and Regsø Herred Len (Denmark)
1500-02 In charge of the government in Sweden 

Christine af Sachen was married to King Hans of Denmark, Norway and Sweden and was given the fiefs for her personal use after he became king. In 1500-02 she was in charge of the government in Sweden during his engagement elsewhere and lead the defence of Stockholm Castle. She was under siege from the Swedish nobility and kept in captivity 1502-03. After Hans' death in 1513 she withdrew to her fiefs, being in charge of aspects of the local administration, appointing county sheriffs to administer some of the tenantcies in her name. She died (1521). 


Lensmand Birgitte Thott

1484-95 County Sheriff Birgitte Olufsdatter Thott of Dronningholm Len

Birgitte Thott was a major landowner and was married to the Swedish Councillor of State and lagmand Erengisle Nilsson, who died 1469. She was in dispute with her husband's children of first marriage over her Swedish castles, and with her stepmother, Anne Present, over the ownership of Vallø-Castle, which Birgitte had inherited from her mother, Karen Falk. She was supported by the Danish king, who appointed her Lensmand (County Sheriff) of the Royal Lands of Dronningholm, and as such she was in charge of local administration. She sold many of her possessions to king Hans. Much of her troubles with inheritance and keeping on to her lands must be seen as a result of her having no children. (d. 1498)


 

1500-39 County Sheriff Anne Corfitzdatter Rønnow of Risby Birk Len, and the City of Skælskør

Anne Rønnow til Fårevejle was widow of Erik Hardenberg,  who was killed during the war in the Ditmarsk (Ditmarskertoget).

Until 1500 County Sheriff Tale Arvidsdatter Baad of Majbølle Birk (The Denmark, new Sweden)

Tale Baad til Vasted in Halland held the tenantcy as security for lones to the king. She was widow of Laurits Follersen Knob til Gyllebo in Skåne. She lived (ca. 1434-1500).

 

1500-26 County Sheriff Sophie Pederdatter Høeg Banner of Jungshoved Len

Sophie Høeg til Maribo Sankt Jørgensgård was widow of Ebbe Mogens Galt, who was killed during the war in the Ditmarsk (Ditmarskertoget). Mother of 3 surviving children, she (d. 1531).

 

15... County Sheriff Else af Næsby Len

Widow of Christian Brun. Her successor, Hans Krafse, was in office until 1530.


 

After 1502-10 County Sheriff Margrethe Andersdatter Grubendal  of Abildtorp Birk Len

Margrethe Grubendal til Broholm was widow of Johan Fikkesen Fikkesen, County Sheriff of Harritsborg. As she was in charge of the Birk - the juridical unit - she also was in charge of the local courts. She later became Mistress of the convent of Skt. Jørgens Møn


 

1503-ca. 1531 Joint County Sheriff Mette Joachimsdatter Hardenberg of Kylderup Len
Around 1506 County Sheriff of Saling and Sund Herreds Len
1520-ca. 28 County Sheriff of Salling Herreds Len

Mette Hardenberg was first appointed jointly with her husband, Markvard Rønnov til Hvidkilde (d. 1506) . After some years she lost first Sunds and later also Salling, but later she recovered the latter tenantcy together with her son, Eiler Rønnov after a few years, who confirmed the right to Kylderup Len for himself and his wife, Anne Krabbe in 1531. (d. ca. 1550).


Lensmand Anne Meinstrup

1507-18 and 1523-35 County Sheriff Anne Henriksdatter Meinstorf of Højstrup and Everdrup Len

Anne Meinstorf was also known as Anne Holgers, she was first married to Holger Eriksen Rosenkrantz til Boller and secondly to Jørgen von Ahlefeldt til Søgård, who was killed in battle in 1500. After this period she took care of herself and her own possessions, inherited from her parents. In 1507 she took over the fief of Højstrup as security (becoming Lensmand or County Sheriff) for a major lone she had given to King Hans. Around 1516 she was appointed Hofmesterinde (Mistress of the Court) of Queen Elisabeth von Habsburg. From the following year until 1522 she stayed in Northern Germany because she had criticized the relationship of King Christian 2 to Dyveke. After Christian fled the country, she returned and was re-appointed both Hofmesterinde and Lensmand. During the civil war, Grevens Fejde (The Count's Feud), she supported Count Christoffer, while her son, Holger Holgersen Rosenkrantz, supported the later Christian 3., but was killed in battle in 1534. Some months later Count Christoffer had called for a meeting at the "Assembly in Ringsted", and here she was killed by peasant-soldiers. She lived (ca. 1475-1535). 


 

1511-.. County Sheriff Karen Nielsdatter Grubbe of Snedinge Len

Karen Grubbe was daughter of Niels Gruppe, who was appointed County Sheriff of the Bishop of Roskilde in 1500. (Bispelensmand). She was widow of Søren Daa, and apparently she bought the tenantcy from the bishop.


 

1513-50 County Sheriff Else Pederdatter Thott of Sunds Herred Len
1521-47 County Sheriff of Nørvangs Herred and Hønborg Len with Elbo Herred
1521-25
Acting County Sheriff of Vester Herred
Until 1550 County Sheriff of Krarup and Rynkeby

Else Thott til Alnarp was first married to Claus Krummedige and secondly to Thomas Nilsson (Lange). She held Sunds herred as security for lones (Pantelen) and was granted Krarup and Rynkeby for life. Her son, Karl Lange, paid it off after her death and kept it for life. She (d. 1550).


 

1515-ca. 27 County Sheriff Mette Iversdatter Dyre in Sweden of Hørby Len 

Known as Mätta Ivarsdotter in Sweden, she was very influential during the regency of her third husband, Svante Nilsson Sture, who was Regent of Sweden for King Hans of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. She was Svante's assistant and advisor, and an influential power in the national counsel. In important questions the great men rather went to her than to her husband. In 1507 she defended Stockholm Castle and in 1510 she was his representative in Finland. After her husband's death in 1512 she was in dispute with her stepson, Sten Sture the Younger, about some of her dowry. In 1515 King Christian 2. Appointed Sheriff (Lensmand) of the Bishopal Fief of Hørby near Holbæk and as Chancellor of the Convent of Saint Agnete in Roskilde. Her first two husbands were the Norwegian Councillors of the Realm, Anders van Bergen (d. 1491) and Knut Alvsson (d. 1502). She lived (ca. 1460-ca.1527).

 

1515-44 County Sheriff Alhed Jørgendatter Urne of Farum Len with Farumgård, Denmark

Alhed Urne continued as County Sheriff appointed by the Bishop of Roskilde and after the reformation in 1536 she is granted the tenantcy for life. She was widow of Tetz Jensen Rosengård, who was County Sheriff until his death in 1485. She (d. 1544).


 

Until 1515 and 1523-24 County Sheriff Ingeborg Jakobesen of Pederstrup Birk Len

Widow of Hans Valkendorff. The tenantcy was given back to her after a period, when it was held by somebody else.


 

1516-28 County Sheriff Birgitte Olufsdatter Thott of Medelsom and Sønderlyng Herred Len, and the City of Grenå

Birgitte Thott til Valø acted after the death of her second husband, Niels Eriksen Rosenkrantz. Held the Tenantcy of the City of Grenå until 1517, when she gave it back, but her son, Henrik, is granted the city in the 1520s. She (d. 1528).


 

1517-35 County Sheriff Karen Bentsdatter Bille of Bygholm Len with Bjerge, Hattinge, Nim and Vor Herreds

Karen Bille took over the tenantcy after the death of her husband, Henrik Knudsen Gyldenstierne. 7 of her 22 children survived, and she lived (ca. 1470-1540).


 

1518-29 County Sheriff Drude Claudatter Krummedige of Skibelunde, Hoby and Vester Ulslev Len

Drude Krummedige was widow of Christian Rantzau, former County Sheriff of Nyborg, who had been granted the tenantcy for the liftime of both of them in 1516. She had first been married to Otto Krumpen.


 

1519-possibly 21 Acting County Sheriff Johanne Henriksdatter Sparre of Holbæk Len with Merløse and Tudse Herreds

Johanne Sparre til til Haglösa took over after the death of her first husband Erik Pedersen Bille, later she married Aage Axelsen Brahe til Sireköpinge. She (d. 1568).


1521-28 County Sheriff Sophie Jørgendatter Rud of Isolte Len in Halland (Then Denmark, now Sweden)

Sophie Rud, who was also known as Rudsdatter, was appointed jointly with her husband, Tyge Brahe and took over the administration after his death in 1523. Her second husband, Erik Madsen Bølle, was County Sheriff 1528-63. She (d. 1551)


 

Ca. 1519-44 Joint County Sheriff Alhed Jørgensdatter Urne of Farum

Alhed Urne was widow of Tetz Rosengaard (d. 1519) and held the tenantcy jointly with her son Jens Tetzsen. She (d. 1544).


 

1521-.. County Sheriff Mette Borkvardsdatter Skinkel, Harridslevgård
1527-39/42 County Sheriff of Odense Møntergård

Mette Skinkel til Torpegård and Åsum, was also known as Skinkelsdatter, she was named successor to Harridslevgård tenantcy (fik ventebrev) in 1514, and took over after the death of her husband, Tjelluf Eriksen Bjørn (Tilluf Eriksøn). Was later granted Odense Møntergård for life. She (d. 1539/42).


 

1521-after 26 County Sheriff Anne Pedersdatter of Thurø Len

Jomfru Anne (Miss or virgin) was granted the island south of Svendborg, in 1526 it was noted that she was not to "interfere with the peasants" (ikke befatte sig med bønderne).


 

Until 1522 and 1523-24 Acting County Sheriff Anne Nielsdatter  Rosenkrantz of Vildstedgård and Slet Herred

Anne Rosenkrantz was widow of Niels Gundersen Lange (d. 1511).


1523-68 Reigning Dowager Lady Queen Sophie von Pommern of Denmark of Lolland and Falster, County Sheriff of Nykøbing Len with Falsters two Herreds and Lady of the Administrative Units of Kiel and Plön (Slesvig-Holsten)

Sophie af Pommern was granted Lolland-Falster to her as a dowry (Livgeding) when her husband, King Frederik I ascended to the throne in 1523. In Lolland and Falster she appointed her own County Sheriffs to take care of the administration of the minor tenantcies. She also held the German Castles and Administrative Units of Kiel and Plön and adjourning areas in Holsten (Schloss und Amt von Kiel und Plön) as part of her dowry. She lived (1498-1568).


 

1523-... County Sheriff Inger Ottesdatter Rømer of Fosen, Edøen, Romsdal and Søndmøre and Tønsberg Len in Norway
Until 1555 County Sheriff of Romsdal Len and Rejns Kloster

Inger Rømer til Austråt by Tronhjem was married to Niels Henriksen Gyldenløve, who was send to The Netherlands to accompany Elisabeth of Habsburg back to Denmark, where she would marry King Christian 2. After his death she managed to keep most of his tenancies. Only Vardøhus she had to give up to her son-in-law Erik Ugerup, married to Anne. She later got Tønsberg as security for lones (Pantelen). And she managed to acquire the famous estate of Giske and even though it rightfully belonged to Carl Knudsens' female heirs. She also tried to get her hand on the estates that had been owned by Inger Erlandsdatter Losne, who died, even though it belonged to a branch of the Danish Rosenkrantzer. Finally she also became "Mistress" (Forstanderinde) of the abbey of Rejns and thereby in charge of its rich estates during the reformation. In the 1530s she was involved in disputes with the Archbishop who got the upper hand and she sought refuge at Østeråt. 1533 she had to give up to Giske and later the Losne-Estates also went to the rightful heirs. Mother of 5 daughters who all married high ranking and influential Danish nobles. She (d. 1555). 


 

After 1523-ca. 29 County Sheriff Lene Ludvigsdatter Rosenkrantz of Lunde with several parishes in Mors

Lene Rosenkrantz til Estrup was widow of Thomas Iversen Juel, who was in office from 1520. The tenantcy was paid off by her son Iver Juel after her death. She (d. 1529).


 

1524-31 County Sheriff Ingeborg Predbjørnsdatter Podebusk of Gårdstange Len (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

Ingeborg Podebusk was in charge of the fief, which was also known as Gardsstange, after the death of her husband, Councillor of the Realm Tønne Vernersen Parsberg til Harrested og Ørtofte. During the The Count's Feud  (Grevens Fejde) her estate was burnd down by the peasents. She was mother of one son, Verner Tønnsen Parsberg, and (d. 1542).


 

1524 Acting County Sheriff Karen Steensdatter Gøye of Skivehus Len with Nørre, Harre, Hindborg and Rødding Herreds

Karen Gøye was in charge after the death of her husband, Niels Pedersen Høeg Banner.


 

1529-31 County Sheriff Sophie Henriksdatter Gyldenstierne of Hagenskov Len with Bog Herred

As Lensmand (County Sheriff) Sophie Gyldenstierne til Buckenhagen acted as the king's representative and was in charge of various aspects of the local administration. The widow of Bendix Ahlefeldt til Haseldorf og Gelting (1418-1517) and mother of Anne Benedictsdatter Ahlefeldt (1515-50). She (d. after 1531).


Pernille Gøye

1528-51 County Sheriff Pernille Mogensdatter Gøye of Jungshoved Len and Roskilde Agnete Kloster

Pernille Gøye was widow of Anders Ebbesen Galt til Tyrrstrup, Rubjerggård og Skumstrup (d. 1529). She was granted the tenantcy for life in 1528. Her second husband, Birger Trolle, was County Sheriff of Roskilde Agnethe Kloster ca. 1546-71. She lived (1506-52).


 

1529-30 Acting County Sheriff Ingeborg Henriksdatter Sparre of Annisegård

Ingeborg Sparre was in charge of the tenantcy after the death of her husband, Markvard Tidemand. She was grandted it for life, but Johan Bjørnsen took over after one year.


 

1530-33 Acting County Sheriff Anne Jørgensdatter Rud of Roskilde Vor Frue Kloster Len 

Anne Rud married Rigsråd Henrik Krummedige, who was Councillor of the Realm in both Denmark and Norway. In 1502 she was in charge of the defence of the Norwegian boarder-castle Båhus in his absence. She was an extremely able land-owner, farmer and trader. Since 1531 she also had possession of a number of minor fiefs in Norway, administered by her son-in-law, married to her only daughter, Sofie. She left an extensive correspondence with her daughter, son-in-law and other relatives, and according to the custom of the time, she were in charge of the upbringing of her grandchildren, before her death in 1533. 


Lene Hak

1530 Acting County Sheriff Lene Christoffersdatter Hak of Næsby Birk

Lene Hak til Egholm was the sole heir of her family, as her father, Christoffer Hak, was the last male of the family. She was in charge of the tenantcy after the death of her husband, Hans Krafse. The mother of two surviving children, she (d. 1551).


 

1531-34 Joint County Sheriff Anne Benedictsdatter Ahlefeldt of Hagenskov Len

Anne Ahlefeldt was also known as Anne Sophiesdatter after her mother, Sophie Gyldenstierne, who was in charge of the tenantcy from 1529. Appointed together with her first husband, Reinwald von Heiersdorf. Later married Jens Nielsen Rotfeldt. She lived (1515-50).


 

1532 County Sheriff Sophie Predbjørnsdatter Podebusk of Malmøhus Len with Oxle, Ingelstad and Jærestad Herred and Høgby Len (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)
1532-40 County Sheriff of Ellinge Len
1538-40 County Sheriff of Isløf Len

Sophie Podebusk administered the tenantcies after the death of her husband, Albert Jepsen Ravensberg, who had been invested with the fief in 1529. She was later given Isløf for life. (d. 1540).


 

1532-4. County Sheriff Eline Henningsdatter Godov of Rønnebæksholm Len

Eline Godov was widow of Henrik Gøye til Gisselfeldt, County Sheriff of Korsør 1516-23, Royal Stadholder in Sweden 1522, Stadholder of Sjælland 1522 when Christian 2 left the country. 1524 he had to surrender Copenhagen to Frederik 2 and went abroad for some years, until he joined Frederik 2 and given Vordingborg as a tenantcy 1525 and finally Councillor of the Realm at the time of his death. In 1537 she was given 13 farms in Rønnebæk and 11 in the surroundings. She was mother of 3 children, and (d. after 1551).


1532-59 County Sheriff Elline Stensdatter Bille of Fredsgård with Tømmerup at Halsnæs

Eline or Elline Bille was widow of Bispelensmand Morids Skave (d. 1532), who was appointed Holder of the Tenantcy of the Bishop of Roskilde ca. 1520. After the reformation in 1536 she is granted the fief for life by the king who had taken over all the estates owned by the Catholic Church (Krongods). She (d. 1559).


 

1533-36 County Sheriff Hilleborg Pedersdatter Bille of Kirkendrup and Fremmeløv Len

Hilleborg Bille's husband, Laurids Tinhuus Skinkel, whose mother, Margrethe Friis, held the tenantcy 1480-1502, had it confirmed for both of them for life in 1523, and she took charge after his death. Their daugther, Anna Skinkel married Frans Brockenhuus, who took over after her death. She lived (1474-1536).

1534-36 and 1555-56 Acting County Sheriff Kirstine Jepsdatter Friis of Ørum Len with 4 Herreds in Thy

Either known as Karen or Kirstine Friis, she took over the tenantcy after husband, Holger Holgersen Rosenkrantz til Boller was killed in battle during the civil war known as The Count's Feud  (Grevens Fejde). Also acted after the death of second husband, Gabriel Gyldenstjerne, who had become the next Lensmand. Mother of one daughter, Else Holgerdatter Rosenkrantz. She (d. 1565).


 

1534-35 Joint County Sheriff Anna Markvardsdatter Rønnov of Ruggård Len with Skovsby Herred, Løgismose Len and the Town of Skelskør

Anna Rønnov til Løgismose was appointed together with her her husband, Johan Jørgensen Urne, who died in 1537 in prison and was deprived of his possessions because of his in the Feud of the Count. Her mother, Mette Hardenberg was County Sheriff of Sallng and Sunds Herreds from around 1506. (d. before 1572).


1535-36 Acting Country Sheriff Kirsten Pedersdatter Lykke of Gislum Herreds Len

Kirsten Lykke took over the administration after the death of her father, Councillor of the Realm, Peder Hanssøn Lykke. Together with her sister, Anne, she inherited Nørlund. But together with her second husband, Christoffer Urne, she bought her sister's part. After his death in 1566, she was in ran the estate alone until her own death. (d. 1570).


1535-37 Acting County Sheriff Mette Mogensdatter Gøye of Ravnsborg Len

Mette Gøye was daughter of Mogens Gøye til Krenkerup and after the death of her husband, Johan Oxe til Nielstrup, she acted as County Sheriff or Lensmand until her own death one year later. Mother of one daughter, Pernille Johansdatter Oxe (b. 1530).


 

1535 Acting County Sheriff Inger Olufsdatter Falster of Øster Thisted Birk

Inger Flaster of Laurids Madsen Vasspyd til Ålestrup and Rudbjergård and Judge in Lolland. It is not known when he took office, but he followed Karen, who held it as security for lones sometime in the begnining of the 1500s. Mother of several children. She (d. after 1551).


 

1535 Acting County Sheriff Ellen Andersdatter Gøye of Vissenbjerg Birk and Æbelø Len etc.
1556 Abbess of Maribo Kloster

Ellen Gøye was married to Jørgen Henningsen Quitzow til Sandager and Jerstrup, Rugård og Æbelø, who was Chancellor of the Realm 1537-44, until his death. She became the first Abbesses of the Lutheran Chapter for  Noble Ladies Maribo, which was opned 20 year after it's Catholic predecessor was closed during the reformation. As Abbess she functioned more or less as a local County Sheriff (Lensmand) and held the jurisdiction of those who lived at the large estates of the Chapter. She was mother of 2 children, and (d. after 1558).


 

1535-53 County Sheriff Cecilie Nielsdatter Lange Munk of Hillerslev Sogn

Cecilie Lange (Also known as Sidsel) was widow of Anders Reventlow til Søbo, who was in office from 1527 until his death 1535. The tenantcy was owned jointly by the brothers, Jacob and Knud Reventlow 1553-61..


 

1536-37 County Sheriff Sophie Olufsdatter Gøye of Havelse Len

Sophie Gøye was appointed county sheriff by the local bishop (Bispelensmand). After her death, the tenantcy reverts to the king. Probably widow of Henning Venstermand, who exists in the records until 1496. She (d. 1537).


 

1536 Acting County Sheriff Karen Nielsdatter Lange Munk of Holmegård Len

Karen Lange (also known as Karine) was widow of Kjeld Iversen Juel (d. 1536), who was appinted County Sheriff of the Bishoply Tenantcy (Bispelensmand) of Holmgaard in Bølle Herred by his brother, Bishop Hartvig Juel of Roskilde. She (d. 1555).


 

1537-4. County Sheriff Christence Jensdatter Ulfstand of Krønge Birk and Roskilde Claræ Kloster

Christence Ulfstand was widow of Tønne Tønnesen Viffert. She later withdrew to Skt. Clara Kloster (Convent). The mother of 4 children, she (d. before 1545).


 

1537-40 County Sheriff Maren of Holbækgård Len

Widow of Anders Jacobsen Bjørn, who had been granted the tenantcy for both of them for life in 1527.  Her background is unknown.

 

Until 1537 County Sheriff Anne Jonsdatter Viffert of Bækmark Mølle

Anne Viffert was widow of Markvard Eilersen Juel (Krabbe-Juel). Held the Mill as a tenantcy from the bishop of Ribe, and handed it over to her son, Bertel Juel just before her son. She (d. 1537).


 

1538-51 County Sheriff Ide Thomesdatter Lange of Estates in Vester Herred, Lydum etc.

Ide Lange was widow of of Morits Jepsen Sparre til Svanholm (d. 1534), who had first been married to Karine Pedersdatter Høeg Banner. Ide secondly married Henning Jørgen Qvistzow til Sandager.


 

Until 1539 County Sheriff Else Baad of Fliginde

Apparently also known as Else Baadesdatter, she was appointed jointly with her husband, Hans Skovgaard. She could be identical with Elsebe Alberechtsdatter Grubendal til Engestofte widow of Jørgen Olsen Baad af Lolland (d. 1527) and Jesper Juel (Juel of Langeland). She lived (ca. 1470-ca. 1538).


 

1539-46 County Sheriff Inger Torbernsdatter Present of Rude and Stærrede

Inger Present was in charge of the former bishop-tenantcy (bispelen) which now belonged to the crown. She was widow of Erik Daa.


 

1539-44 County Sheriff Karen Hansdatter Breide of Svendstrup Len

Karen Breide til Kjeldet was bispelensmand - appointed by the bishop. She was married to Gunde Lange til Bregninge, Bølling og Holmegård (d. 1564). She was mother of 5 children, one of whom was Dorthe Lange, who was County Sheriff of Kalø in 1596. and (d. 1551).


Gertrud Parsberg

154.. County Sheriff Gertrud Tønnesdatter Parsberg of Annisegård

Gertrud Parsberg held the tenantcy as security for lones in a period of 9 years. She was widow of Johan Bjørnsen Bjørn (d. 1534). She (d. 1552).


1540-45 County Sheriff Anne Arvidsdatter Trolle of Åsum with Gers Herred and Elleholm Len (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)
1540-41 Acting County Sheriff
of Sølvitsborg Len with Medelsta, Vester or Bregne and Lister Herreds in Blekinge
1540-57
 County Sheriff Elleham in Blekinge

Anne Trolle was widow of Axel Eriksen Urup til Ugerup, who was Lensmand or County Sheriff of Sölvesborg etc. until his death. After his death she was in charge of the two fiefs in Skåne, which was incorporated in Sweden in 1658.


1540-41 Acting County Sheriff Anne Henriksdatter Friis of Åstrup Len with Vennebjerg and Jerslev Herreds

Anne Friis was the second wife of Ove Vincentsen Lunge, who had 3 daughters with his first wife, Karen Rosenkrantz and 8 children by her.


 

1540 Acting County Sheriff Christine Johansdatter Urne of Amtofte Len

Kristine or Christine Urne was widow of Iver Hansen Skeel til Palsgård and Nygård. She (d. after 1545).


 

1540-55 County Sheriff Berte Eggertsdatter Ulfeldt of Herrested Birk

Beate or Berte Ulfeldt was widow of Niels Evertsen Bild til Ranvholt, who had the tenantcy granted with the specification that she would keep it for 5 years after his death, and for their children 5 years after her death. She lived (d. 1555).


 

Until 1541 Acting County Sheriff Elline Corfitzdatter Rønnov of Askimne in Halland (At the time Denmark, now Sweden)

Ellen or Elline Rønnow was widow of Claus Ågesen Thott til Hjuleberga (d. ca. 1522). She held a number of separate estates 1523-24. She (d. before 1544).


 

 1541 Acting County Sheriff Kirsten Handatter Holck of Ellinge Len

Kirsten Holck til Barritskov was first married Peder Lauridsen Baden and follwed him as holder of the bishoply tenantcy. (Bispelensmand) Her second husband was Steen Brahe til Knudstrup. She (d. ca. 1599).


1541-44 County Sheriff Dorthe Hennekesdatter Sehested of Ellinge BispeLen and Årupgård Len.

Daughter of Hennk Sehested, who had not been Lensmand of the tenantcy (Bispelensmand). She first married Otto Drewe, then Mikkel Grape and finally Mogens Kaas til Brendore. (d. 1579).


Susanne Bølle

1541-69 County Sheriff Susanne Eilersdatter Bølle of Marup Len
1563-65 Acting County Sheriff of Stege Len

Susanne Bølle was daughter of Eiler Bølle (d. 1534) and Anne Bildsdatter (Bild) til Hellerup and inherited Nakkebølle around 1534, she was first married to Claus Eriksen (Ravensberg) (d. 1541) secondly to Claus Eriksen Ravensberg til Kindholm and finally to Jacob Brockenhuus, and was in charge of the fief during her husband, admiral Jakob Brokenhuus' imprisonment in Sweden. She (d. 1569).


 

1541-42 Acting County Sheriff Sidsel Timmesdatter Rosenkrantz of Vester Herred Len, and the City of Varde

Sidsel Rosenkrantz was widow of Erik Krumedige, and held Varde as security for lones. She (d. 1557).


Anne Rosenkrantz

1541-51 Acting County Sheriff Anne Nielsedatter Rosenkrantz of Båstad Len in Skåne (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

Anne Rosenkrantz was widow of Tyge Krabbe who held it as security for lones to King Frederik I. Her son-in-law, Peder Skram paid it off. She lived (ca. 1490-1551).


1542-51 Acting County Sheriff Sophie Pedersdatter Lykke of the County of Holmekloster, Denmark
1560-63 and 1563-70 County Sheriff of the County of Lister, Norway

Sophie Lykke was married to Councillor of the Realm, Jacob Hardenberg, who died 1542. Thereafter she administered the possessions of her three young daughters together with her own lands. She was very unpopular. Her peasants protested to the king against her, and in 1557 she was convicted of illegally selling cattle. In 1560 she was given Lister Len as security for a lone, and moved to Norway. Also here the peasants complained against her, and she broke the ban against exporting timber abroad, and she lost the fief, but managed to get it back later the same year, because of her good connections. She lived (Ca. 1510-70).


 

1542-44 County Sheriff Maren Christiansdatter Spend of Oksvang Len

Maren Spend was widow of Hans Lange Munk, who had died already in 1535.


 

Around 1542-.. County Sheriff Birgitte Iversdatter Dyre of Thodbøl Len

Birgitte Dyre was widow of Enevold Stykke, who had been granted the tenantcy by Bishop Niels Stykke. She bought the estate in 1544, and lived (ca. 1510-after 72).


Ermegaard Bille

1542-64 County Sheriff Ermegaard Andersdatter Bille of Øster Velling Birk
1563-64
County Sheriff of Viskumsgård with Synderlng Herred

Ermegaard Bille was widow Jørgen Podebusk. She paid off the other heirs and was granted Østervelling for life, and held Viskumsgård as security for lones (Pantelen). She (d. 1564).


1542-71 Joint County Sheriff Catharine Markvardsdatter Buchwald of Harridslevgård, Denmark

Catharine Buchwald was appointed jointly with husband, Jørgen Svave. They both (d. 1571).


Lensmand Ide Mogensdatter Munk

1545 Acting County Sheriff Ide Mogensdatter Munk of Abrahamstrup Len

Ide Munk was a major land-owner, also known as Ida, she was married to Oluf Nielsen Rosenkrantz til Vallø, and their daughter was Birgitte Olufdatter Rosenkrantz til Øster Vallø. Ide died 1586.


 

1547-.. County Sheriff Elisabeth Thomasdatter Juel of Ribe Sankt Hans Kloster

Elisabeth Juel was widow of Klaus Sehested. She had been allowed to keep the tenantcy for 16 years if she survived her husband.


1548-49 Acting County Sheriff Ingeborg Gjordesdatter Drefeld of Lundenæs Len with Bølling, Ginding, Hammerum and Herm Herreds

Ingeborg Drefeld was widow of Peder Galt Ebbesen til Birkelse etc, Lensmand til Lundenæs. 


 

1549-74 County Sheriff Abele Hansdatter Breide of Näsbyholm Len (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)
1474-?
 County Sheriff of Gislumgård

After the death of her husband, Mikkel Hals til Näsbyholm, Abele Breide was Acting Lensmand or County Sheriff of the fief in Skåne, which has been part of Sweden since 1658. She later exchanged it with Gislumgård.


After 1549-74 County Sheriff Karen Eilersdatter Bølle of Toreby Birk, Denmark

Karen Bølle til Hellerup og Søbo was widow of Laue Johansen Urne til Rygård (d. 1559) and held the tenantcy jointly with Jacob Brockenhuus as security for lones. She had first been married to Marqvard Tidemandd ti lHellerup and did not have chidlren, and (d. 1582).


 

155.-60 County Sheriff Karen Gans of Ydernæs Len

Widow of Thomas Logen (or Lage). Her second husband, Jacob Krafse became County Sheriff 1560-ca. 72.


Eline Gøye 

1550-61 Acting County Sheriff Eline Mogensdatter Gøye of Skjoldnæs Len

Eline Gøye was married to Mourits Olufsen Krognos and Vincents Juel. She was daughter of one of the country's major landowners, Mogens Gøye, but he had many children, and she therefore only inherited half of the estate Clausholm together with a brother. She was in dispute with her sister-in-law Anne Rosenkrantz, and in 1561 a compromise was reached, which according to Eline favourised Anne. Later same year Anne also was appointed Lensmand (County Sheriff) Skjoldnæs, which Eline had got after the death of her first husband. She was sister of another major landowner and Lensmand, Birgitte Gøye, and lived (ca. 1510-63).


Until 1551 County Sheriff Birgitte Steensdatter Bille of Sandby Len (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)
Until 1553 County Sheriff of Katsløse Len 

Birgitte Bille's husband, Jens Torbensen Rosensparre died in 1553. Sandby is situated in the landscape of Skåne which was annexed by Sweden in 1658. She (d. 1553).


1551 County Sheriff Helvig Mogensdatter Gøye of the County of Bygholm with the Shires of Bjerge, Hatting, Nim and Vor, Denmark

Helvig Gøye til Avnsbjerg og Ormholt was in charge of the tenantcy after the death of her first husband, Otto Henriksen Gyldenstierne. Secondly married to Mogens Gøye til Bremversvold. She (d. 1597).


 

1551 County Sheriff Eline of Nygård Len

Widow of Anders Rølike. Her background is not known.


Sophie Rosenkrantz

1551-... County Sheriff Sophie Holgersdatter Rosenkrantz, Börringe Kloster (Skåne) (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)
1551-58
County Sheriff of Everdrup (Sjælland)

Sophie Rosenkrantz was widow of Axel Axelsen Brahe til Krageholm, Hammar, Vittskövle og Tunbyholm (d. 1551), and (d. 1558).


1551-52 Acting County Sheriff Sidsel Jensdatter Ulfstand of Kalundborg Len with Arts Løve, Ods Skippinge Herreds and Samsø
1554-ca. 75 County Sheriff of Villands Herred in Skåne (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden) 

In 1535, during the "Fight of the Count" (Grevens Fejde) Sidsel Ulfstand's husband, Knud Pedersen Gyldenstierne til Tim, was imprisoned by Count Christoffer, and he was not freed until Copenhagen gave in to Christian 3. one and a half year later leaving her in charge of his estates. He rejoined the Council of State became in charge of the tenancy of Kalundborg Slot. After his death she acted as an energetic and able administrator with economic sense. She was in charge of her husband's estate for her minor children, she inherited some estates from her childless brothers and in 1554 she was given charge of Villads Herred in Skåne for life. During the Seven Year War 1563-70 she lend money to the crown against security in estates in Ramsø and Tune Counties. As County Sheriff of Villands herred, she made good use of her talents as she had to gather supplies for the army, conscribe peasants for the war, collect taxes and maintain roads, bridges and defences in a unruly boarder area, and she was also a frequent visitor at court. She mainly lived at Ljungby, but also often lived at Bønnet, where she was the patron of the parish church of Horbelev from 1565. She was very preoccupied with securing that her pastors lead a sober life, and one of them, Mr. Jakob, had to ask for her forgiveness. She seems to have a formidable women, also much respected by her children. Mother of 7 children and (d. ca. 1575).


 

1551-54 County Sheriff Ane Christensdatter of Hindselgård with Refs Herred in Thy

Widow of Jens Lassen, citizen of Hostebro, who had held the tenantcy as security for lones. After his death, she was given royal permision to keep the tenantcy for life. She handed over the right to the administration and income to Erik Rud but kept the estate.


1552-75 County Sheriff Alhed Jørgensdatter Urne of Krønge Birk, Denmark

Alhed Urne was widow of Jørgen Venstermand, who had first been married to Maren Hansdatter Griis. She lived (1505-after 60).


 

Until 1553 County Sheriff Johanne Jørgensdatter Krumpen of Kjølskegård Len

Johanne Krumpen was widow of Jacob Eskilsen Høegh til Lergrav, Eskær Vang and Kjølskegård, who died after 1528 at a not known time. She lived (ca. 1480-ca. 1553).


1553-79 County Sheriff  Lene Tønnesdatter Viffert of Havelse Len
1564-79 County Sheriff
of Dalby Kloster (Then Denmark, now Sweden)

Lene Viffert was given ownership for life of Havelse and later granted the tenantcy of Dalby Kloster after the death of her second husband, Jacob Sehested til Havelsegård i Havelse Magle, but had to promise to marry Claus von Ungern til Käsel og Clausholm på Øsel, who was given the right of succesion after her death. (fik ventebrev). Her first husband was Basse Christoffersen Basse til Sørup. She (d. 1579).


1555-56 Acting County Sheriff Anne Pedersdatter Lykke of Stege Len with the two Herreds of Møn
1564-74 County Sheriff of Kirketjerne i Gjerlevs Herred Len ("Church Servants" in Gjerlev)
1569-70
Acting County Sheriff of Spøtrup
1569/70-74 County Sheriff of Medelsom and Sønderlyng Herred Len with Spøtrup
1570-75 County Sheriff of Ørslev Kloster

Anne Lykke til Demstrup administered Stege after her first husband, Anders Bentsen Bille til Søholm, was killed in the Feud of the Count and was in charge of Medelsom etc. after the death of her seond husband, to Otto Jørgensen Krumpen til Trudsholk, a member of one of the oldest noble families of the country and one of the most influential men of their time, who died without issue as the last male member of the family. She held Spøtrup as security for lones and exchanged it with Øtsløf Kloster in 1570. Her last husband was Claus Daa. 1574 she returned the letter of security for the Tenantcies to the king who dropped a case against her. Her branch of the family Lykke was also known as Lykke Munk til Overgaard. She (d. after 1574).


 

1556-57 County Sheriff Sidsel Andersdatter Bille of Gårdstange Len and Frost Herred (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

Widow of Niels Tønnesen Parsbjerg til Kulla Gunnarstorp, Lensmand of Vrejlev Len(d. 1556). She (d. 1566).


 

1556-80 County Sheriff Mette Hansdatter Lange Munk of Holmegård

Mette Lange became in charge of the tenantcy after her husband, Iver Kjeldesen Juel, died the same year he became County Sheriff. She was later granted the tenantcy for life. Her mother-in-law, Karen Lange, had acted in 1535.


1557-.. County Sheriff Queen Dorothea von Sachsen-Lauenburg of Denmark of Vejle Mølle
1558-66 County Sheriff of Holme Kloster

1559-71 County Sheriff of Koldinghus Len
 with Brusk, Jerlev, Holmans, Tørrild and ½ of Andst Herreds, Ålholm Len with Fugelse and Musse, Ravnsborgs Herreds Len and Åkær Len with Hads Herred 

Dorothea af Sachsen already assemled a number of tenantcies during the lifetime of her husband, Christian III, King of Denmark and Norway and Duke of Schleswig-Holstein (1503-34-59). She administered her dowry and tenantcies very well and as Lensmand she was in charge of aspects of the local administration. She was very influential as head of the family. She also held Als, Sundeved og Ærø in the landscape of Slesvig. She lived (1511-71).


 

Ca. 1557-74 Acting County Sheriff Sidsel Clausdatter Bille of Kjølskegård  Len

Sidsel Bille was widow of Just Jacobsen Høeg Banner til Vang og Lergrav (d. 1557), who had first been married to Mette Mogensdatter Gøye.


 

1558-67 Joint County Sheriff Margrethe Jochumsdatter Beck of Ruggård Len with Skovsby Herred

Margrethe Beck was appointed jointly with her husband, Palle Christoffersen Ulfeldt (d. 1571) for a period of 20 years, but died after 9 years. Her husband then married Margrethe Clausdatter Brockenhuus. She (d. 1567).


 

Ca. 1558-62 Acting County Sheriff Bege Pedersdatter Skram of Brinkgård

Bege Skram til Stovgård was widow of Jørgen Hansen Juel. She (d. after 1562).


1559-60 Acting County Sheriff Øllegaard Jacobsdatter Trolle of Visborg Len with Gotland (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

Øllegaard Trolle was a major landowner, widow of Christoffer Hvidtfeldt, mother of 11 children, and lived (1513-78).


 

1559-... County Sheriff Mette Johansdatter Oxe of Ralsvig på Rygen (Germany)
1559 Acting County Sheriff of Boisø Kloster
1566-68
County Sheriff of Ørslev Kloster

Mette Oxe acted in the name of her four sons after the death of her husband, Hans Barnekow, of an old Wendian noble family, who had been appointed hereditary tenant by the Duke of Pommern, it was confirmed by the Duke and King of Denmark in 1564. Was later granted the tenantcy of Ørslev Kloster. 3 of her sisters; Inger, Pernille and Sidsel also acted as County Sheriffs.


Anne Krognos

1559-62 and 1568-74 County Sheriff Anne Olufsdatter Krognos of Hundlund Kloster

Appointed after the death of her husband, Klaus Podebusk. During her second term in office she held the tenantcy as security for lones. (Pantelen).


 

1559-60 Acting County Sheriff Lucie Mortensdatter of Jonstrup Len

Daughter of Morten Ebbensen til Gavnø, possibly of the Laale-family and Benedikte Rubek, and took over the administration after the death of her husband, Christian Eriksen Pors (or Christiern).


1559-63 Joint County Sheriff Catharine Gregoriusdatter Ahlefeldt of Borgeby Len in Skåne (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)
1565-82 Joint County Sheriff  of the County of Gladsaxe with the Shire of Albo, Denmark

First appointed joint County Sheriff together with her husband, Hans Spiegel til Borreby (d. 1599), who bought the fief and estate of Borgeby and then appointed as security for lones. She had first been married to Johan Stake and Lucas Krabbe. Her husband married Hilleborg Hansdatter Lindenov til Julskov (d. 1602), widow of Emmike Kaas after her death. She (d. 1582).


1561-62 County Sheriff Karen Globsdatter Krabbe of Amtofte Len, Amtofte Kloster and Thistedgård with Hundborg Herred
1576-78 County Sheriff Karen Globsdatter Krabbe of Voergård Len
1579 County Sheriff of Vinderslevgård Len
Until 1586
County Sheriff of Amtofte and Strekhals Len

Karen Krabbe til Nissum, Skovsgård og Voergård, or Karen Krabbe Glob, was married to Nils Hansen Skeel Nygård til Vinderslevgård, Ullerup, Merringgård, Nipgård, Skovsgård, Momtoftegård og Thistedgård (d. 1561). She settled the inheritance with her son-in-law Otto Banner and got Vinderslevgård in exchange. 1578 she and her daughter, Ingeborg Skeel, was granted the jurisdiction of the Estate of Vorgård. They had the right to appoint the judge  (birkedommer) and received the income from the costs of the proceedings and fines. Ingeborg was County Sheriff from 1585. She lived (1509-86).


1561... Acting County Sheriff Dorothea Nielsdatter Tornekrans of Bråde Len

Dorothea Tornekrans was widow of Niels Markvardsen Skiernov til Mejlgård (d. 1561), who had been granted the tenantcy for life by the Bishop some years before and confirmed by the king after the Reformation. She (d. earlist 1591).


1561-62 and 1562-72 Acting County Sheriff Magdalene Eriksdatter Banner of Skivehus Len with Lørre, Harre, Hindborg and Rødding Herreds

Magdalene Banner was left in charge of the fief after the death of her husband, Iver Krabbe. She (d. 1597).


Anne Glob

1561-62 County Sheriff Anne Albrechtsdatter Glob of Sebber Kloster and Asmild Kloster

Anne Glob was widow of Jørgen Urne (d. 1560), and was appointed to both tenantcies for life. (d. 1562).


 

1561-64 Acting County Sheriff Else Holgerdatter Rosenkrantz of Overgård with Hindsted Herred

Else Rosenkrantz was widow two times. First she was married to Albret Olufsen Glob Due til Vellumgård and secondly to Christen Andersen Friis. She lived (ca. 1490-1564).


1561-72 County Sheriff Jytte Predbjørnsdatter V of Vestervig Kloster

Jytte Podebusk was widow of Knud Gyldenstierne (d. 1568), who held the tenantcy before her. She lived (1492-1573).


 

1561-62 Acting County Sheriff Mette Eriksdatter Hardenberg of Biskoptorp Len

Mette Hardenberg was widow of Didrik Henningsen Qvistzow til Rørbæk etc. (d. 1561). Mother of one daughter, Anne. She (d. 1573).


 

1562-65 Acting County Sheriff Margrethe Hennekesdatter Rantzau of Skodborg Len with Malt and ½ of Andst Herred

Margrethe Rantzau was married to her relative, Jesper Hansen Rantzau, Amtmand in Flensborg and Lensmand in Schmoel, Skodborg, Haderslev and Tørning Len, and she took over the administration of one of his fief after his death.


 

1562-63 Acting County Sheriff Dorthe Maltesdatter Viffert of Viskumsgård with Synderlyng Herred

Dorthe Viffert til Øls was widow of Peder Christoffersen Kruse til Ballegård, Ryomgård og Kjellerup. She lived (ca. 1514-after 1563).


1561-62 Acting County Sheriff Mette Eriksdatter Hardenberg of Biskotorp

Mette Hardenberg was widow of Didrik Henningsen Qvistzow til Rørbæk etc. (d. 1561). Mother of one daughter, Anne who died young. She (d. 1573).


1563-ca. 88 County Sheriff Anne Vernersdatter Parsberg of Derup
1580-81 Acting
County Sheriff of Øster Gårdstange Len and Reving Len (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)
1580-93 County Sheriff of Vram, Visby, Stibberup and Revinge Len, Denmark

Anne Parsberg was first married to Christoffer Gyldenstierne and secondly to Hans Jepsen Skovgaard til Gundestrup (1526-80), Councillor of the Realm and Lensmand of Helsingborg. 


1562-63 County Sheriff  Else Holgersdatter Ulfstand of Ås Kloster in Halland (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)
1563-64 County Sheriff of Svaløv Len
1565-69 County Sheriff of Øvid Kloster
1567-.. County Sheriff of Rørum Len, Denmark

Else Ulfstand administered the tenantcy after the death of her husband, Tage Thott, together with her sister, Thale Ulfstand, who was also County Sheriff of Hesselbjerg from 1595. Her daughter, Thale Thott, was County Sheriff of Lensmand of Åhus and Åsum in Skåne 1587-90. She lived (1520-73).


 

1563-87 County Sheriff Margrethe Axelsdatter Urup of Søfed Len (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

Margrethe Urup til Ugerup was widow of Erik Madsen Bølle til Terløse, Elved and Orebygård and Lensmand at Tureby (d. 1562). She did not have any children. The local administration and juridical system was in the hand of a royal appointed Lensmand (County Sheriff) who each administered a Len (fief or tenantcy). It was normally the local manor-owner, and if that was an unmarried woman she was in some cases appointed Lensmand in her own right, in other cases a woman administered the Len after her husband's death. 


 

1563-65 County Sheriff Ingeborg Andersdatter Bille of Øvid Kloster

Jomfru Ingeborg Bille held the tenantcy as security for lones. She was a rich landowner and inherited Egedegaard from her two unmarried aunts, Ermegaard Bentdsatter and Birgitte Torbendsdatter Bille who had inherited the estate from their fathers, the brothers' Bent and Torben who owned it jointly. Both cousins died 1587, and from these three unmarried women - Jomfruer - the estate got the present name, Jomfruens Egede (Egede of the Virgin (or unmarried lady)). She (d. 1608).


 

1563-91 County Sheriff Agnete Busksdatter Skenk of Pandumgård Len with Hornum Herred and the Estate of Snorup

Agnete Skenk til Brudagergård was widow of Jørgen Jørgensen Prip til Pandumgård len. She (d. before 1599).


 

1563-after 68 County Sheriff Lisbet Johansdatter Urne of Klingstrup Len

Lisbet Urne was widow of Peder Lykke til Skovsbo, granted the tenantcy for life. 1577 she married Johan Bockholt. She (d. 1584).


 

1563-71 County Sheriff Ellen Pallesdatter Bang of Lønborggård Len and Lønborg Birk

Ellen Bang was widow of Jørgen Hennekesen Kremon Rantzau til Kærgård og Lønborggård. 1570 she was permitted to keep the tenantcy for 8 years, but it was paid off the following year when she married the German noble Ernst von Reckenberg. Her third husband was
Mads Nielsen Skade.


1564-66 Acting County Sheriff Margrethe Andersdatter Reventlow of Åstrup Len
1566-80
 County Sheriff of Jegindø

Margrethe Reventlow was the second wife of Erik Krabbe (1510-64), and after his death, she was in charge of the fief until a new Lensmand (County Sheriff) was appointed. Held Jegindø as security for lones until it was paid off by Tyge Krabbe. She lived (1525-1606).


 

1564-65 Acting County Sheriff Regitze Grubbe of Gladsaxe Len with Albo Herred

Widow of Erik Ugerup.


Johanne Rotfeld

1564-73 County Sheriff Johanne Nielsdatter Rotfeld of Hindsted Herred Len

Johanne Rotfeld til Eskær was widow of Hans Lykke, but apparently appointed to the tenantcy in her own right.


1564/65-82 Abbess with the authority of a County Sheriff Margrethe Urne of Maribo Kloster and Town and surroundings

Entered the chapter in 1542 and "reigned as Abbess ably and well like no other abbess before or after her". There were complaints that the chapter was opened to anyone who wanted to visit, the canonesses fought openly and refused to comply with the rule or the abbess, many were drunk on a regular basis, drinking up the fourteen barrels of beer received each year as rent and more. It was also asserted that women's rooms were used as brothels for any young nobleman who wandered inside. She was daughter of Knud Urne til Søgård, and (d. 1582).


1565-74 Acting County Sheriff Birgitte Mogensdatter Gøye of Kapelgård Len
1565-66 County Sheriff of Tølløse Len
1565-71 Acting County Sheriff of Kappelgården and Ring Kloster Len
1571-72 County Sheriff of Åkær Len with Hads Herred
1572-74 County Sheriff of Ydernæs Len

After her mother's death, Birgitte Gøye was brought up at the convent  Ringkloster by Skanderborg. Her relationship with her stepmother, Margrethe Sture, was very bad. 1537 she became Lady of the Chamber (Kammerjomfru) of King Dorotheas and became a close friend of Princess Anna, later electress of Sachsen. Married Councillor of the Realm, Admiral Herluf Trolle in 1544 after she had managed to break off another engagement. They had no children, but she was in charge of the upbringing of many young noble ladies who lived with her for numerous years. In 1564 she and Herluf founded Herlufsholm Boarding school for children of the nobility and she was its Chancellor 1565-67. In 1571, after she had lost her other fiefs, Dowager Queen Dorothea, gave her the tenantcy of Åkær by Horsens, but after the Queen's death, Birgitte also lost this possession, until she was given Ydernæs for life. She lived (ca. 1511-74).


1565-66 Acting County Sheriff Mette Olufsdatter Rosenkrantz of Kalundborg Len with Arts Løve, Ods Skippinge Herreds and Samsø and Boisø Kloster with various Estates
1565-67 County Sheriff of Strø Len in Skåne (Now Sweden)

All her life, Mette Rosenkrantz was extremely rich, and together with her sister, Birgitte, she inherited the estate of Vallø, a very big possession, she administered Skarhult for her children of the first marriage with Councillor of the Realm Steen Rosensparre, and her second husband, Chancellor Peder Oxe, had given her possession for life of his enormous lands and the estates of Gisselfeld, Tølløse and Løgismose, which she could not inherit, since they had no children, and she won the cases his relatives raised against her disputing the legality of his transfers. As all other estate owners at the time she went through numerous disputes and court-cases not least because their lands were scattered over big areas, not one unit. She also inherited lands from her mother, Ide Munk (d. 1586), and was probably the biggest landowner of her time and a reformed the way the estates and farms were run. Mother of 3 children, and lived (ca. 1533-88).


1565-85 County Sheriff Abel Sørensdatter Skeel of Lundenæs Len with Bølling, Ginding, Hammerum and Hjem Herreds and Dueholm Kloster Len
1565
Acting County Sheriff of Riberhus Len with Gjørding and Skads Herreds

Abel or Abele Skeel was in charge of the fief after the death of her husband, Hr. Niels Hansen Lange Munk til Kærgård, Fadersbøl og Visselbjerg. 1573 King Frederik 2 asked her to give one of the three bells of the Chapter of Dueholm to the Church of Sct. Clemens Kirke in Nykøbing Mors, as the old bells had been lost in the fire of 1560. She did not have any children, and (d. 1585).


1565-78 County Sheriff Ide Truidsdatter Ulfstand of Hassens Birk
1587 Acting County Sheriff of Marup
1589-91 County Sheriff of Mørup in Halland (Then Denmark, now Sweden)

Ide Ulfstand was widow of Falk Gøye, she held Hassens as security for lones and exchanged Marup and Mørup with other properties in an agreement with Eiler Brokkenhuus. Granted Mørup with out any duties to the king when she followed Princess Anne to Sachen. She (d. ca. 1604).


 

1565-67 County Sheriff Elsebeth Axelsdatter Brahe of Fliginde Len (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

Elsebeth Brahe took over after the death of her husband, Hans Jepsen Skovgaard. She did not have any children her two fiancees prior to her marriage had both died.


 

1565-91 County Sheriff Inger Johansdatter Oxe of Lund Sankt Peders Kloster (Then Denmark, Now Sweden) and Søllestedgaard Len
1565-66 Acting County Sheriff of Nykøbning Len with the two Herreds of Falster

Inger Oxe was widow of Jørgen Brahe til Tostrup, who had been appointed County Sheriff of Dowager Queen Sophie, who held Lolland and Falster as her dorwy. As they did not have any chidren they became the foster parents of the later famous astronomer Tycho Brahe. Chief of the Court (Hofmesterinde) of Queen Sophie af Mecklenburg 1572-84. 3 of her sisters, Mette Pernille and Sidsel also were County Sheriffs. She (d. 1592).


 

1565-74 County Sheriff Pernille Johansdatter Oxe of Korsør Len with Flakkebjerg and Slagelse Herred

Pernille Oxe was appointed to the tenantcy in succession to her late husband, Admiral Otto Rud, who had died in a Swedish prison. The sister of Mette, Inge and Sidsel Oxe and the Chancellor of the Realm Peder Johansen Oxe, she lived (1530-76).


Karen Ged

1564-? County Sheriff Karen Jacobsdatter Ged of Gisleberg Len

Karine or Karen Ged til Røsøholm og Jordbjærg was widow of Mogens Krabbe til Vegholm og Skillinge, and held the tenantcy as security for lones. (d. 1587).


Around 1565 County Sheriff Birgitte Clausdatter Bille of Svendstrup Len
1575-?
County Sheriff of Ydernæs Len

Birgitte Bille was widow of Christoffer Galle and held the tenantcy as security for lones (Pantelen). She (d. after 1613).


Sidsel Oxe

1566-? County Sheriff Sidsel Johansdatter Oxe of Broby Len (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)
1571-92 County Sheriff of Rødinge Len, Denmark 
1573-74 Dowager County Sheriff of Ålborghus with Års, Flæskum, Gislum, Hindsted, Hornum, Hornsherred, Hvetbo and Kære Herreds and Viskumgård and Viskumgård Len

Sidsel Oxe was daughter of Johan Oxe til Nielstrup and Mette Mogensdatter Gøye and was appointed tenant in her own right. When her husband, Councillor of the Realm, Erik Jørgensen Podebusk til Bidstrup died, she administered the tenantcy. He inheited Øster Velling Birk from his mother, Ermegård Andersdatter Bille, when she died 1564. In 1593 Sidsel was granted the jurisdiction of Øster Velling, giving her right to appoint the judge (birkedommer) and received the income from the costs of the proceedings and fines. She (d. 1593).


 

1566-68 County Sheriff Margrethe Nielsdatter Rotfeldt of Ulvskov Len

Margrethe Rotfeldt was widow of Hans Mandrupsen Holk, who defended Varberg Castle in Halland against the Swedish troops, but was run over and held prisoner with her and their 2 children. He died shortly after and they were freed the following year. She lived (ca. 1540-75).


1566-68 County Sheriff Sidsel Eilersdatter Bryske of Vissenbjerg Birk

Inherited the tenantcy from her brother, Antonius (Klausen) Bryske. She was widow of Eskild Gøye. She (d. 1573).


1566-76 County Sheriff Maren Eilersdatter Friis of Vejstrupgård Len,

Marine or Maren Friis was widow of Claus Brockenhuus, she held the tenantcy for life. She (d. 1576).


Gørvel Fadersdatter

1567-70 Acting County Sheriff Gørvel Fadersdatter Sparre of Vefre Len and Høgby Len, Denmark
1570-72 Acting County Sheriff of Helne Kirke in Land (Allehelgenes Kloster)
1574-81 Acting County Sheriff of Verpinge Len (Skåne)
1574-1605 County Sheriff of Borgeby Len
1582-1605 County Sheriff of Börreringe Kloster Len and Froste Herred (Frostherred)
1586-1605 County Sheriff of Sørby Len
1599-1605 County Sheriff of Skøtsherred Len
1601-05 County Sheriff of Hiøgby and Lindholm Len in Skåne (Now Sweden)

Gørvel Sparre was one of the last members of the so-called "Nordic nobility" which existed during the Union between Denmark, Norway and Sweden as she had possessions in all three countries. She was an only child and inherited Norway's largest estate Giske from her mother's brother in 1537. During the The Count's Feud  1534-36 she was kept prisoner with her seven stepchildren at her second husband's estate, Varberg in Skåne, and also gave birth to her only son, who died 1548. She secured her possessions by giving large grants to the king, and in exchange she became Lensmand (County Sheriff) for life of Verpinge, and she were later given other fiefs to administer for the crown for life. She continued to grant most of her Norwegian estates to the crown, and in 1601 she appointed king Christian 4 as her sole heir after the death of her only child, Nils Ulfstad. In a number of her tenantcies, she also held pastorial rights. Married to the Swedish Councillor of the Realm, Peder Nilsson Grip (d. 1533), Truid Gregersen Ulfstand (d. 1445) and Lave Axelsen Brahe (d. 1567). She lived (ca. 1509-1605).


Lensmand Tale Ulfstand

1567-.. County Sheriff Tale Holgersdatter Ulfstand of Rørum Len
1586-1606 County Sheriff of Helne Kirkes Len (Lund)
1595-99 County Sheriff of Hesselbjerg Len in Skåne (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

Tale Ulfstand's husband, Poul Pedersen (Laxmand) den yngre til Stenholt, died 1557. At first she administered Rørum jointly with Else Ulfstand and later with Lisbeth Rosenkrantz. She owned the castles of Skabersjö, Häckeberga and Høgestad in Denmark and in the landscapes that was conquered by Sweden in 1658.


1567 Acting County Sheriff Vibeke Clausdatter Podebusk of Odensegård Len
1567-68 Acting County Sheriff of Stege Len with the two Herreds of Møn
1567-... County Sheriff of Herrested Birk

Viveke or Vibeke Podebusk was widow of Evert Bildt. She held Herrested as security for lones. She was owner of Raunholt and Lindholm Castle and in 1580 was granet the jurisdiction of Raunholt, which meant that she had the right to appoint the judge (birkedommer) and received the income from the costs of the proceedings and fines.). She (d. 1596).


Karen Banner

1567-79 County Sheriff Karen Eriksdatter Banner of Rugsø Herred Len
1580-82 County Sheriff of Satsø
1582-1611 County Sheriff  of Orlofgård Len
1588-1611
County Sheriff  of Orlofgård Len
1611 Acting County Sheriff of Jungshoved Len
1611 Acting County Sheriff of Vordingborg Len with Bårse, Hammer and Tybjerg Herred

Karen Banner til Høgholt held the teantcy as security for a lone to her husband, Gregers Truedsen Ulfstand, who was County Sheriff 1548-80, and held the fief of Orlofgård after the death of her first husband Gregers Ulfstand and the fief of Jungshoved after the second, Henrik Lykke til Overgaard og Hverringe. She inherited the estate of Gisselfeld and Ryegård in 1588 after the death of Mette Rosenkrantz til Vallø, who had inherited it from her husband, Karen's uncle, Peder Oxe in 1575. (d. 1611).


1567-91 County Sheriff Birgitte Eilersdatter Rønnow of Kirkeby Len

Birgitte Rønnow was widow of Henning Jørgensen Qvitzow til Sandager, Rørbæk, Lykkesholm and Falde (1513-1569), who had first been married to Ide Thomesdatter Lange to Lydum (d. 1553). She (d. 1590).


 

1567-91 County Sheriff Anne Nielsdatter Friis of Gudumlund Len

Anne Friis held the biscopal fief for life until she handed it over to Jens Kaas. She was married to Chresten Krabbe, mentioned to Viumgård in 1592.


 

1567-79 County Sheriff Margrethe Pederdatter Størle of Hamerø in Halland (At the time Denmark, now Sweden)

Margrethe Størle was widow of Mads Stensen.


 

1568-69 Acting County Sheriff Rigborg Lauridsdatter Tinhuus of Silkeborg Len

Rigmor Tinhuus til Julskov was widow of Hans Johansen Lindenov. She was mother of 1 son and 2 daughters, and (d. 1572).


 

1568-79 Joint County Sheriff Birgitte of Björnstrup in Skåne (At the time Denmark, now Sweden)

Jointly with her husband, Mikkel Pedersen Gydinge.


1570-71 Joint County Sheriff Margrethe Nielsdatter Bild of Ørbæk Len 

Margrethe Bild was given the tenantcy for life together with her husband, Henrik Jespersen Friis til Hesselager, who died in March 1571. She died two months later. They had 13 children together. (d. 1571).


 

Until 1570 County Sheriff Karen Pederdatter Fikkesen of Gedestorp Len

Karen Fikkesen was widow of Mads Torbernsen til Sandby (of the Hässelholm family), and held the tenantcy as security for lones.


 

Until 1570 County Sheriff Karen Krumstrup of Toreby Birk

Widow of Lave Urne, she held it as security for lones jointly with Jakob Brockenhuus.


1571-72 Acting County Sheriff Beate Klausdatter Bille of Rødinge Len and Frost Herred Len (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)
Until 1575
County Sheriff of Vissenbjerg Birk

Beate Bille was married to Otto Tygesen Brahe, Councillor of the Realm and Fief-holder of Helsingborg. She administered the tenantcy in Skåne, now Sweden, jointly with Sidsel Oxe. She was among others mother of the famous astronomer Tycho Brahe, and Margrethe, who was County Sheriff of Lanskrona in 1612, and lived (1526-1605).


 

1571-.. County Sheriff Magdalene of Møgeltønder Len

Widow of Claus Rantzau.


 

1571-87 County Sheriff Karen Ottesdatter Blome of Hørbygård Len

Karen Blome was widow of Mogens Godske (of the Bielke Family), who had previsously been married to Margrethe Torbendsdatter Sparre. She was from Holstein and her family was close to the king, who gave them joint ownership of the tenantcy of Hørbygård from 1539 and he later held many tenantsies and fiefs. She (d. 1587).


 

1572-73 and 1576-79 County Sheriff Dorthe Iversdatter Krabbe of Spøtrup

Jomfru Dorthe Krabbe was granted the tenantcy jointly with her fiancé, Count Günther von Barby, but she died and she married Benedikt von Ahlefeldt. who was County Sheriff 1573-76 and after his death she married Erik Lykke.


1573 Acting County Sheriff Anne Corfitzdatter Hardenberg of Helsingborg Len with Bjerge, Nørre- og Søndre Asbo, Ludgude, Rønnebjerg, Othens, Harager, Gønge and Torne Herreds (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

Of high nobility, Anne Hardenberg was chambermaid to Queen Dorothea 1557-71, and here she got to know king Frederik 2 (king from 1559) who fell in love with her, and wanted to marry her, but this met widespread opposition. In 1572 she married Councillor of the Realm, Oluf Mouritsen Krognos, who died after only six months marriage. She lived at her dowry Bregentved and managed to keep her husband's family at distance with the help of the royal family. She (d. 1589).  


Margrethe Sandbjerg

Ca. 1573-81 County Sheriff Margrethe Christensdatter Sandbjerg of Øland and Vig Len

Margrethe Sandberg was widow of Niels Kjeldsen Juel til Astrup, Bøvling Len og Vilstedgård Len.  (d. 1581).


 

1574 Acting County Sheriff Kirstine Clausdatter Ulfeldt of Koldinghus Len with Brusk, Jerlev, Holmans, Tørrild and ½ of Andst Herreds

Kirstine Ulfeldt was widow of Morten Svendsen (Orning) til Eget, who had been appointed Lensmand of Koldinghus in 1563 by Queen Dorothea, who held it as her dowry. He was member of a poor noble family and had first been married to Maren Clausdatter (Strangesen), widow of Godske Holck. Kirstine had first been married to Poul Abildgaard til Vranderup, and (d. 1589).


 

1574 Acting County Sheriff Berite Eriksdatter Banner of Vester Skerning Len

Berite Danner exchanged the tenantcy with other lands. Her first husband, Claus Bryske died 1565, in 1578 she married Knud Bille (d. 1592). She (d. 1591).


1574 Acting County Sheriff Gørvel Abrahamsdatter Gyldenstierne of Høgsted, Katsløse and Magleby Len in Skåne (Then Denmark, now Sweden)
1574-77
County Sheriff of Bekkeskov Kloster

Gørvel Gyldenstierne til Asserbo had exchanged other property to get the 3 tenantcies. She had first been married to Gert Jensen Ulfstand til Bønnet and secondly to Laue Truedsen Ulfstand til Torup. She (d. 1577).


 

1575-76 Acting County Sheriff Karen Mogensdatter Gyldenstierne of Bygholm Len with Bjerg, Hatting, Nim and Vor Herreds and Sankt Hans Kloster Len

Also known as Karen Gyldenstjerne til Stjernholm. After the death of her husband, Holger Ottesen Rosenkrantz til Boller, she administered his fief for a period. Rosenkrantz was Stadholder in Norway, and later became military commander of the realm. Statholder in Nothern Jutland and a few years later he became Marshal of the Realm. They were closely connected to King Frederik 2. who was the sponsor of one of their sons. She was an able administrator. She built several manor houses, a new church in Uth. She collected a number of folk songs, which is one of the most important sources for knowledge of this tradition. Around 1590 she moved to Skt. Hans Kloster in Horsens, which she renamed, into Stjernholm. She had bought a number of houses in the town of Horsens, which caused much dispute with the city council, because she claimed that as a noble she did not have to pay tax and thereby she damaged the economic life of the city. It was not until 1598 that the case was settled. She was accused using sorcery to harm Anne Hardenberg at the neighbouring estate, but no case was raised and the king settled the dispute. 1599 her son, Frederik was convicted to lose his "honour" because of his relationship to Rigborg Brockenhuus. He was allowed to travel to Hungary to fight the Turks, but died in Prague in 1602. She was the oldest child of Christoffer Gyldenstierne (d. 1562) and Anne Parsberg (1515-87), who had 9 other children after her. The mother of 4 sons, of whom 2 died as infants, she lived (1544-1613). 


1576-91 County Sheriff Anne Mandrupsdatter Holck of Hørby Len

Anne Holck til Stadsgård was widow of Verner Tønnesen Parsberg til Harrested og Sandbygår, Lensmand of Sölvesborg  (d. 1567). They had 14 children. She (d. 1591).


 

Until 1577 County Sheriff Anne von Stoven of Broberg Len

Widow of Henrik Glob, who died sometime in the 1560s, and who had been granted the tenantcy for his own and her lifteime. She exchanged it with Anne Lunge in 1577.


1578-79 Acting County Sheriff Margrethe Eriksdatter Lange of Ålborghus with Års, Flæskum, Gislum, Hindsted, Hornum, Horns, Hvetbo and Kære Herreds and Viskumgård Len
1615-16 Acting County Sheriff of Bygholm Len with Bjerge, Hatting and Nim Herred

After the death of her first husband, Jens Nielsen Kaas, Margrethe Lange was acting Lensmand (County Sheriff) until a successor was appointed. Afterwards married to Knud Brahe (1555-1615) and after his death in charge of Bygholm etc. As most fief administrators she belonged to the ancient non-titled nobility. (d. 1622).


1578 Acting County Sheriff Birgitte Timmesdatter Rosenkrantz of Nebbegård Len
1580 Acting County Sheriff
of Rosenkrantz of Kalundborg
Len with Arts Løve, Ods Skippinge Herreds and Samsø

Birgitte Rosenkrantz was widow of Bjørn Kaas who was Lensmand in Helsingborg and Malmöhus. She later had a relationship to her late husband's cousin, Gjord Kaas. Because it was considered to be incest at the time, she was executed on the command of King Christian 4. Gjord went into exile, and when he returned after 17 years he too was executed. According to the legend she is today the "White Lady" a ghost at Stårup Castle. (d. 1603).


 

1578 County Sheriff Bege Clausdatter Emmiksen of Hundsbæk Len

Bege Emmiksen til Damgård was widow of Peder Galskyt (d. ca. 1554). She (d. ca. 1613).


 

1578 County Sheriff Magdalene Clausdatter Sested of Æbelø Len

Magalene Sested was widow of Mourids Podebusk. She lived (1538-1611).


 

1578 County Sheriff Kirsten Pedersdatter Galt of Børglum Kloster Len

Kirsten Galt til Tyrrestrup was widow of Erik Kaas til Voergård og Lindbjergård, Lensmand of Børglum Kloster 1574. He had first been married to Berte Seefeld. She lived (1536-1616).


 

1579-80 Acting County Sheriff Dorthe Mogensdatter Gyldenstierne of Åkær with Hads Herred

Dorthe Gyldenstierne was in charge after the death of her husband, Christian Munk former Stadholder of Norway etc.. She lived (1547-1583).


 

1579-82 County Sheriff Margrethe Rantzau of Gudum Kloster Len

Widow of Otto Emmiksen. Detailed information missing.


 

158.-95 County Sheriff Lisbeth Rosenkrantz of Rørum in Skåne (Then Denmark, now Sweden)

The teantcy is situated in the Landscape of Skåne. Detailed information missing.


 

1580-92 County Sheriff Else Hansdatter Mule of Nordby Len

Else Mule was widow of Iver Bertelsen, Magister in Sorø, Headmaster of Ringsted Kloster (1548-83) and Niels Pedersen Krag, Professor of History, Royal Histographer, Rector of Copenhagen University and Headmaster of Sorø Academy (d. 1602), who was send on various diplomatic missions and was ennobled by King James of Scotland. Her family had held the position of mayor of Odense for generations. SHe lived (1556-1605).


 

1580-.. County Sheriff Gese Brockenhuus of Rynkeby Len with Gudme Herred

Exchanged the tenantcy with other estates. Widow of Erik Bille. Detailed information missing.


 

1580 Acting County Sheriff Anne Iversdatter Krabbe of Åkær Len with Hads Herred

Anne Krabbe was widow of Axel Viffert, who had taken over the teantncy in 1579. She married Erik Kass til Voergaard in 1595 and became a widow again 3 years later. Her sister, Karen, was Acting County Sheriff in 1594. Anne was mother of 2 daughters by her first husband and 1 by the second, and (d. 1625).


 

1580 Acting County Sheriff Kirsten Clausdatter Ulfeldt of Skodborg Len

Kirsten Ulfeldt had the tenantcy exchanged to her on behalf of her children. First married to Poul Abildgaard (d. 1563) as his third wife and secondly to Svend Mogensen Orning til Eget, who had first been married to Maren Clausdatter Strangesen Bild (ca. 1502-73), who was County Sheriff of Koldinghus. She (d. 1589).


1581 County Sheriff Karen Ottesdatter Gyldenstierne of Sølvitsborg Len with Medelsta, Vester or Bregne and Lister Herreds in Blekinge
1586-89 County Sheriff of Snersted in Skåne
(At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

Karen Gyldenstierne was also known as Karen Ottes. Her husband Jørgen Marsvin (1527-81) was Lensmand at Landskrona and Member of the Danish Council of State until his death. Her cousin, Karen Gyldenstierne, was Acting County Sheriff of Bygholm 1575-76. Karen Ottes lived (1542-89).


1581 Acting County Sheriff Christence Nielsdatter Rotfeld of Bygholm Len with Bjerge, Hatting and Nim Herreds

Christence Rotfeld was widow of Bjørn Kaas, who had taken office the previous year. Mother of 7 children,  and lived (ca. 1535-1601).


 

1582-96 Abbess with the authority of a County Sheriff Sophia Gyldenstjerne of the Chapter of Maribo, the Town of Maribo and surroundings

Elected by the Assembly of Canonesses and instated by the two Councillors of the Realm, Chancellor Ejler Grubbe and Steen Brahe. In the beginning she was an able administrator but soon the old disputes among the canonesses entrupted again and she was removed from office by King Christian 4. She was in charge of the estats of the chapter and managed the Town of Maribo jointly with the Confessor.


1583-98 Joint County Sheriff Magdalene Andersdatter Emmiksen of Vissenbjerg Birk Len (or Grøftebjerg)

Magdalene Emmiksen was the owner of Millinge and Hejsager, she held the tenantcy jointly with her sister, Margrethe. After her death it was taken over by her husband, Erik Bille til Kjærsgård. Apparently her first husband had been Albert Maltesen Viffert with whom she had a son, Anders. She (d. 1598).


1583-85 Joint County Sheriff Margrethe Andersdatter Emmiksen of Vissenbjerg Birk Len (or Grøftebjerg)

Margrethe Emmiksen was unmarried and held the fief jointly with her sister. (d. 1585),


Beate Brahe

1583-1602 County Sheriff Beate Aagesdatter Brahe of Gislums Herred Len and Ramsø Len
1583-84
Acting County Sheriff of Mariager Kloster Len

Beate Brahe held the fief for life as security for a lone. She was widow of Jørgen Pedersen Lykke (Munk) til Hverringe og Overgård, Bonderup, Hessel, Ovegård and Bregenholm. She lived (after 1523-1602).


1583 Acting County Sheriff Lisbeth Christoffersdatter Galde of Vinstrupgård Len

Lisbeth Galde was in charge of the tenantcy after the death of her first husband, Eggert Ulfeldt. Later married Jørgen Friis, as his third wife. He was County Sheriff of Vinderslevgård and Lysgård Herred, Skivehus, Hald, Akershus and Sejlstrup, also Judge, Councillor of the Realm and Stadholder of Norway. They were burried on the same day. (d. 1616).


1583-84 Acting County Sheriff Karen Henriksdatter Friis of Ålborghus Len Len with Års, Flæskum, Hellum, Hindsted, Horns, Hvetbor and Kær Herred and Han Herred and of Åkær with Hads Herred

Karen Friis was acting Lensmand or (County Sheriff) after the death of her husband, Bjørn Andersen Bjørn til Stenalt, Bjørnsholm, Voer, Gunderupgård og Strandbygård. 1562-66 Judge in Zealand, Councillor of State 1567, Lensmand of Fredsgård, Stege, Københavns Slot, Roskildegård, Tryggevælde, Århusgård og Ålborghus. They had 3 children and he had 6 children with his first wife, Sidsel Ulfstand. Karen Friis lived (1541-1601).


1584 Acting County Sheriff Hilleborg Hansdatter Lindenov of Visborg Len with Gotland (At the time Denmark, now Sweden)

Hilleborg Lindenov was in charge of the tenantcy after the death of her husband, Emmike Kaas. She later married Hans Speil til Borreby og Julskov, and (d. 1602).


1585-86 Acting County Sheriff Kirsten Christiansdatter Lykke of Vordingborg Len with Tryggevælde and Faxe Herreds

Kirsten Lykke was also known as Kirstine, and was charge of the administration of the tenantcy after the death of her husband, Eiler Grubbe til Lystrup (1532-85), who was at one time Chancellor of the Realm. In 1594 she married Niles Gyldenstierne til Bjørnholm, and lived (1558-1630)


Ingeborg Skeel

1585-1604 Acting County Sheriff Ingeborg Nielsdatter Skeel of Sejlstrup Len with Børglum Herred (Seglstrup)
1586 County Sheriff of Amtofte and Strekhals Len

1578 Ingeborg Skeel had bought Voergård together with her mother, Karen Globsdatter Krabbe, and they got the right of lower court in the parishes of Voer, Albæk og Skæve, which meant that they appointed the judge and got the income from fines and the costs of the law cases. She was an able farmer and trader, and administered both her own and her husband's estate. After the death of her husband, Otto Banner til Asdal, she took over the administration of the fief, and after her mother, Karen Krabbe died the following year, she took over her two small royal fiefs; Amtofte in Thy and Strekhals in Mors (Northern Jutland). There are many stories about her as an evil mistress, who killed the architect of one of her estates and a harsh employer towards the peasants, but the stories does not seem to be based on facts. She was daughter of Niels Skeel and Karen Banner, had no children, and lived (ca. 1545-1604).


1585-16.. County Sheriff Margrethe Skovgaard of Davinde Len

Jomfru Margrethe was granted the tenantcy for life. Owned Sanderumgård together with Karen Skovgaard 1581-83. Details missing.


1586-1626 County Sheriff Beate Christoffersdatter Huitfeldt of Møllerud Len, Gers Herred and Epholt Len (Skåne) (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)
1615-26 County Sheriff of Lund Sankt
Peders Kloster Len

Beate Huitfeldt til Møllerød was widow of Knud Ebbesen Ulfeldt til Svenstorp and held the small tenantcies as security for some loans. Mistress of the Court (Hofmesterinde) of Queen Anna Cathrine von Brandenburg from 1597 until her death in 1612 and for the three young princes until 1617. As an award for her court service, she was given the tenantcy of Gers Herred i Skåne and 1615 St. Peders Kloster i Lund, also Skåne, also owner of a number of estates in her own right. She wrote the history of her family and she was sister of the famous Chancellor of the Realm and historian, Arild Huitfeldt, mother of 2 sons, and lived (1554-1626).


1586-87 County Sheriff Kirstine Andersdatter Lindenov of Vesterstad Len (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)
1586-1612 County Sheriff of
Herrisvad Kloster

Kirsten Lindenov was widow of Steen Clausen Bille (1527-86), who was Judge, diplomat and soldier, and she held the fief, which is situated in the Landscape of Skåne, now Sweden. She owned the estate of Herrevad Kloster and Sellerup in her own right. After 17 years of marriage she had a son followed by one more son and a daughter (d. 1612).


 

1586-.. County Sheriff Kirsten Ludvigsdatter Gyldenstierne of Vesterbygård Len

Kirsten Gyldenstierne was widow of Gregers Carlsen Bryske til Skaftelevgård (d.1566) and Erik Bassesen Basse, County Sheriff of Dalby Kloster in Skåne (d. after 1581) as his second wife.


 

1587-89 Joint County Sheriff Pernille Albrechtsdatter Gøye of Vesterstad Len (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

Pernille Gøye was probably married to Hak Holgersen Ulfstand til Hikkebjerg (1535-95), who married Anne Vernerdatter Parsberg after her death. She did not have any children, and lived (1550-89).


1587-90 County Sheriff Thale Tagesdatter Thott of Åhus and Åsum Len in Skåne and Elleholm in Blekinge (Then Denmark, now Sweden)

Thale Thott was also known as Tale Tot, and was in charge of Åhus and Åsum which are situated in the Landscape of Skåne, conquered by Sweden in 1658 after the death of her husband, Arild Urup.  


Lene Thott

1587 Acting County Sheriff Lene Tagesdatter Thott of Hammershus with the 4 Herreds of Bornholm

Lene Thott was widow of Henrik Brahe. Mother of 7 children, and (d. 1599).


Sophie of Denmark

1588-1631 Reigning Dowager Lady Dowager Queen Sophie von Mecklenburg-Schwerin of Lolland-Falster, County Sheriff of Nykøbing Len with Falsters 2 Herreds, Ålholm and Ravnsborg Len

Sophie af Mecklenborg was widow of Frederik 2., she was regent for her son Christian 4. in the Duchies of Slesvig-Holsten 1588-94. She was engaged in a power struggle with the Regents of Denmark, The Council of State, which had Christian declared of age in 1593, but she did not give up her position in the Duchies before the following year. She then withdrew to Lolland-Faster, where she managed her estates extremely well and became very rich and she lend her son a lot of money for his warfares. Her Dowries included the jurisdiction of Majbølle, Nybølle, Kallø, Soersmark, TOreby, Urne and Vignæs Birk, which meant that she had the right to appoint the judge (birkedommer) and received the income from the costs of the proceedings and fines. She lived (1557-1631).


 

1589-94 County Sheriff Anne Pedersdatter Galt of Nederby Len (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

Anne Galt was widow of Anders Keldsen Bing, Councillor of the Realm, County Sheriff of Nederby and Varberg. (d. 1589) without children as the last male of his family. She lived (1546-after 1605).


 

1589 County Sheriff Anne Jørgensdatter Vestermand of Thistedgård with Hundborg Herred

Anne Venstermand til Pilegård was widow of Godske Brockenhuus, and (d. after 1607).


Lensmand Anne Gyldenstierne

1591 Acting County Sheriff Anne Knudsdatter Gyldenstierne of Malmøhus Len with Oxle, Ingelstad and Jærestad Herred and Høgby Len (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)
1591-92 Acting County Sheriff of Kalundborg
Len with Arts Løve, Ods Skippinge Herreds and Samsø, Denmark

Anna or Anne Gyldenstierne was widow of Corfitz Tønnesen Viffert. She lived (1544-95).


1592 Acting County Sheriff Hilleborg Clausdatter Daa of Hald Len with Mors, Fjends, Nørlyng Herreds and the Tenantcy of the Diocese (Stiftets Regnskabslen)
Following the death of her husband, Jørgen Skram, Hilleborg Daa took over the administration of the fief. Daughter of Claus Daa af Ravnstrup. She lived (1549-95).

1592-93 County Sheriff Christence Cortiftzdatter Viffert of Vinstrupgård Len

Christence Viffert was widow of Henrik Bille til Mogenstrup (1559-92). Mother of one son, and (d. 1604).


 

1592 Acting County Sheriff Lisbeth Mikkelsdatter Seested of Roskildegård with Harritsborg and Kirketjenerne under bispegården og Fadeburslenet

Lisbeth Seested was widow of Niels Vernersen Parsberg til Harrested og Sandbygård. She lived (1555-1624).


1594 County Sheriff Thale Holgersdatter Ulfstand of Malmøhus Len with Oxle, Ingelstad and Jærestad Herred and Høgby Len (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

In various documents Thale Ulfstand wrote her name as Thaale Wlffstandt til Skabersøe. She took over as Lensmand after the death of her brother Hack Holgersen Ulfstand, who had been Government Councillor, Councillor of State, Marsk, Knight of the Order of the Elephant and after the death of King Frederik 2, guardian for his son, Christian 4, but in 1590 he was executed for treason. (d. 1604).


1594 Acting County Sheriff Karen Iversdatter Krabbe of Hammershus with the 4 Herreds of Bornholm

Karen Krabbe was in charge of the tenantcy after the death of her husband, Falk Falksen Gøye. Her sister, Anne was Acting County Sheriff in 1580. Karen was mother of 2 children, and (d. 1602).


1595-96 Acting County Sheriff Margrethe Ottosdatter Brahe of Åkjær Len with Hads Herred and Sønderlyng Herred Len
1612 Acting County Sheriff of Landskrona Len in Skåne (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

Margrethe Brahe was in charge of the administration of the tenantcy after the death of her hsuband, Councillor of State Christen Skeel, til Hegnet, Hammeltofte and Fusingø (1543-96), who was County Sheriff of the Fiefs of Bøvling Slot and Len and Aakjær Len for many years. After the death of her second husband, Christian (Kristen) Bernekov she was in charge of his tenantcy. She was daughter of Otto Brahe til Knudstrup and Beate Bille,  was County Sheriff of Røding from 1571, and lived (1551-1616).


1596-99 Acting County Sheriff Margrethe Ottesdatter Rosenkrantz of Hindsgavl Len with Vends Herred

After the death of her husband, Hans Johansen Lindenov, Margrethe Rosenkrantz was in charge of the tenantcy. She raised several young noble women and her own grandchildren, and was mother of 9 children, and lived (1552-1635).


1596 Acting County Sheriff Dorthe Gundesdatter Lange of Kalø Len with Mols, Nørre and Sønder Herred, Djurs, Sønderhand and Østerlisberg Herreds

Dorthe Lange was widow of Jørgen Rosenkrantz, chancellor and leader of the regency government for the minor King Christian 4. Her mother, Karen Breide, had been County Sheriff of Svendstrup 1539-44 . She was mother of 3 children, and lived (1541-1613).


 

1596-1602 Abbess with the authority of a County Sheriff Margrethe Pedersdatter Norby of the Chapter of Maribo, the Town of Maribo and surroundings

Elected as successor of Sophia Gyldenstjerne. She had been married to Jørgen Bryske until their divorce, and in 1564 she entered the chapter. As Abbess she held the jurisdiction of those who lived at the estates of the Chapter and 1559 over the City of Maribo and surroundings. This meant that she had the right to appoint the judge (birkedommer) and received the income from the costs of the proceedings and fines. Daughter of Peder Norby til Urup (d. 1602).


 

1599-1600 County Sheriff Sophie Pedersdatter Bille of Mariager Len

Sophie Bille til Svanholm was widow of Jakob Seefeld til Visborg. She lived (1549-1608).


1600-01 Acting County Sheriff Mette Gregersdatter Ulfstand of Sølvitsborg Len with Medelsta, Vester or Bregne and Lister Herreds in Blekinge and Høgby and Vefre Len in Skåne (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)
1601-02
Acting County Sheriff Lykå Len in Blekinge and Dragsmark Kloster in Norway

Following the death of her husband, Knud Grubbe til Alslev (1542-1600), Mette Ulfstand took over as County Sheriff - Lensmand, and acted as the King of Denmark's representative in the fiefs also in the landscapes of Blekinge and Skåne. 1620 she handed over Lykå to her son-in-law, Siverd Grubbe. She lived (1554-1602).


1600-12 County Sheriff Mette Johansdatter Urne of Vemb Skibrede Len, Norway
Mette Urne til Højsgaard administered the fief in her own name after the death of her husband, Alexander Durham, until she passed away herself, as was the official local representative of the King of Denmark-Norway. He was a Scottish nobleman who moved to during the Seven Year War and held various fiefs in Denmark and Norway. She was daughter of Johan Urne and Mette Rønnow and had no children. (d. 1612).

 

1601-02 Acting County Sheriff Lisbeth Turesdatter Trolle of Dalby Len in Skåne (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

Lisbeth Trolle acted after her husband, Gabriel Sparre til Svanholm, had died. Owner of the Estate of Knabstrup. (d. 1611).


 

1601-02 Acting County Sheriff Else Andersdatter Lindenov of Dalum Len

Else Lindenov was widow of Absalon Gøye til Kærstrup. His name was also written as Absolon Gøe or Absalonn Gøie.


 

1601-02 Acting County Sheriff Margrethe Axelsdatter Viffert of Han Herred

Margrethe Viffert til Gammel Wiffertsholm was in charge of the tenantcy after the death of her second husband, Jørgen Urne. She had first been married to Evald Sehested. After her death, her son Axel Urne inherited the estate, but he sold it to his sister, Anne Jørgensdatter Urne epousé Seefeld in 1643. Margrethe lived (1562-1622).


1601-02 Joint Acting County Sheriff Agathe Jakobsdatter Seefeld of Bygholm Len

Agathe Seefeld or Sefeld took over the administration of the tenantcy after the death of her husband, Niels Skram til Urup together with stepdaughter, Elsebe Skram til Urup. She secondly married to Verner Parsberg til Eskær og Lynderup and had two children by him. She was daughter of Jakob Enevoldsen Seefeld and Sophie Pederdatter Bille, and lived (1579-?).


 

1601-02 Joint Acting County Sheriff Elsebe Nielsdatter Skram of Bygholm Len

Acted together with her stepmother, Agate Seefeld. Inherited a number of estates from her father, Niels Skram, who had first been married to Kirsten Styggesdatter Rosenkrantz. She was married to Eske Bille til Svanholm.


 

1602 Acting County Sheriff Margrethe Munthe of Sorø Len with Alsted Herred

In charge of the tenantcy after the death of her husband, Headmaster of Sorø Akademi, Hans Mikkelsen.


 

1602 Acting County Sheriff Anne Eriksdatter Kaas of Hindsgavl with Vends Herred

Anne Kaas was widow of Preben Bild til Aggersborg and Lindholm.


 

1603-16 Acting County Sheriff Vibeke Arildsdatter Griis of Sandby Len in Skåne Denmark (Now Sweden)
1608-40 County Sheriff of Hørje Len in Skåne (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

Vibeke Griis was widow of Peder Mund til Sandbygård, and held the fief of Hørjre for life and was in the service of Queen Anna Cathrine of Denmark. Her surname means "Pig". Skåne was conquered by Sweden in 1658. She (d. ca. 1640).


 

1603-04 Acting County Sheriff Anne Mortensdatter Brok of Onsø Len, Norway

Following her husband, Erik Mortensen (Mormand) til Bramsløkke, Anne Brok was the official local representative of the King of Denmark-Norway. (d. after 1625).


Anne Rønnow

1604-05 Acting County Sheriff Anne Eilersdatter Rønnow of Hagenskov with Bog Herred and Eskebjerg Len
1604-09 County Sheriff of Strynø Len

After the death of her husband, Erik Hardenberg (1529-1604), Anne Rønnow was in charge of the tenantcy until the accounts had been settled, and was also appointed fief-holder  in her own right. She was known to suffer of periods of depressions and her daughter, Anne Hardenberg, also suffered from mental ilnesses and conducted cases against witches, and Mette Hardenberg, who was County Sheriff of Bøvling Len from 1616 also had mental problems. 6 of their 9 children died, including the 3 sons. She lived (1541-1609).


 

1604-05 Acting County Sheriff Anne Iversdatter Lykke of Lundegård and Jegindø Len

Anne Lykke took over the adminsitration of the fief after the death of her husband, Mourids Hansen Stygge til Holbækgård. She lived (1554-1623).


 

1605-35 Joint County Sheriff Else Kristendatter Munk of Løndborg Bispegaard Len

Else Munk was given the teantcy for life jointly with her husband, Kristoffer Gersdorf, as security for lones.


 

1606-07 Acting County Sheriff Adel Hansdatter of Sorø Len with Alsted Herred

After the death of her husband, Anders Kristensen, Headmaster of Sorø Akademi, she took over the administration of the fief.


1607-08 Acting County Sheriff Maren Jensdatter Juel of Visborg in Gotland Len (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

Maren Juel acted as administrator of the fief (Lensmand) after the death of her husband, Herman Juel til Aabjerg (1548-1607).


 

1607-08 Acting County Sheriff Birgitte Romellsdatter Brun of Frølands Skibrede Len and Ejdsberg Sogn, Norway

Birgitte Brun administered the fief after the death of her husband, Per Knutsson Måneskiölds til Akervik. She was the official local representative of the King of Denmark-Norway. Her husband had 8 children with his first wife, Bodil Green. (d. before 1622).


 

1610 Acting County Sheriff Elsebe Jensdatter Juel of Hammershus Len

Elsebe Juel, or Elsebet Jul, acted for about half a year after the death of her husband, Hans Lindenov til Øsløf, and lived (ca. 1524-before 1627).


 

1610-11 Acting County Sheriff Vibeke Christoffersdatter Gyldenstierne of Tranekær Len with the two Herreds of Langeland

Vibeke Gyldenstierne was also known as Viveke Gyldenstjerne, she was widow of Niels Friis, with whom she had 13 children. She lived (1549-1613).


Ellen Marsvin

1611-12 Acting County Sheriff Ellen Jørgensdatter Marsvin of Odensegård Len and Odense Sankt Hans Kloster with Åsum, Bjerge, Lunde, Odense and Kam Herred
1620-39 County Sheriff of Dalumkloster Len
1626-38 Acting County Sheriff of Davinde Len

Fru Ellen Marsvin was of high noble family and the largest landowner of her time. Anne Lykke was the second, and in 1625 a total of 6 of the 20 largest landowners were women. Fru means Mrs but at the time the title was only used for noble ladies. Her daughter, Hornsherred, was married to King Christian IV. The local administration and juridical system was in the hand of royal appointed lensmænd (fiefholders) who each administered a len (fief). It was normally the local manor-owner, and if that was an unmarried woman she was in some cases appointed Lensmand in her own right, in other cases she administered the len after her husband's death. She lived (1572-1649).


 

1611-12 Acting County Sheriff Anne Eriksdatter Rosenkrantz of Silkeborg Len with Hids, Lysgård and Vrads Herred and Tanekær Len with the two Herreds of Langeland

Anne Rosenkrantz inherited a number of estates in Norway, and was in charge of the tenantcy after the death of her husband, Frantz Henriksen Rantzau to Brobygard. She held ecclesiastical juristiction, and lived (1566-1618).


1612-13 Acting County Sheriff Anne Nielsdatter Lykke of Arnsborg Len in the Island of Ösel in Gotland (then Denmark, now Sweden)

Anne Lykke was the second largest landowner of her time after Ellen Marsvin. She was in charge of the administration after the death of her husband, Klavs Maltesen Sehested til Højris og Nøragergård. She lived (1568-1645).


 

1613-14 Acting County Sheriff Else Steensdatter Bille of Århusgård Len with Hasle, Ning and Vesterlisbjerg Herred

Following the death of her husband, Carl Bryske (1547-1613), Else Bille was in charge of the administration. He held a number of tenantcies and was a trusted employee at court. He was also used as envoy to Sweden and Russia. She (d. 1621).


 

1614-16 Acting County Sheriff Karen Hansdatter Skinkel of Holbæk Len with Ingelsø Herred

Karen Skinkel was in charge of the fief after the death of her husband, Anders Nielsen Dresselberg til Vognstrup, who was judge and held other administrative offices. He had first been married to Mette Grubbe (d. 1584). Karen (d. 1624).


 

1615-27 County Sheriff Beate Christoffersdatter Huitfeld of Lunde Sankt Peders Kloster and Gers Herred in Skåne

Beate Huitfeld til Møllerød was Mistress of the Court, Hofmesterinde. Married to Knud Ulfeldt, and lived (1544-1626)


1616-17 Acting County Sheriff Mette Eriksdatter Hardenberg of Bøvling Len

Just after her birth, Mette Hardenberg was brought to her aunt, Birgitte Rønnow and only after 6 years she returned to her parents at Hagenskov. At the age of 19 she married the 20 year older Preben Gyldenstierne, County Sheriff of Åstrup by Hjørring. Her mother and sisters were marked by depressions and mental ilnesses and at one time she was "possessed" by an evil spirit for some weeks until she was "saved". She published a prayer's book by her own hand. Her mother, Anne Rønnow til Skousborg, was Acting County Sheriff of Skousborg, Hagenskov, Eskebjerg and Strynø after the death of her father, Erik Hardenberg in 1604. Mette was mother of 5 children, and lived (1569-1629).


 

1616-17 Acting County Sheriff Kirsten Eriksdatter Hardenberg of Dalum and Strynø Len

Kirsten Hardenberg was in control of the fief after her husband Axel Brade til Elvedgård, Orebygård and Eskeberjerg's death. He had served the Counts in Braunschweig, Szhwarzburg and Brandenburg and worked at court. Also former Stadholder of Fyn, Skåne, Halland and Blekinge. 1614 var han regeringsråd. She was his second wife. With the first, Mette Gøye, he ad 6 children, and they had 4. She owned several estates in her own right, and (d. 1639).


 

1616 Acting County Sheriff Hilleborg Eilersdatter Krafse of Søbygaard Len with Løve Herred

Hilleborg Krafse acted after the death of her husband, Mogens Gøye. She also owned a number of estates, among others Hald.


 

1616-17 Acting County Sheriff Pernille Henriksdatter Gyldenstierne of Hagenskov with Bog Herred

Pernille Gyldenstierne was of Jakob Rosenkrantz til Kærstrup, who had also had been County Sheriff of Nyborg. They had 10 children, and she lived (1576-1622).


 

1616-40 County Sheriff Karen Andersdatter of Hven Len (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

The mistress of King Christian 4. for about 3 years, but left the royal court ca. 1615, presumably on account of the King's marriage to Hornsherred. She received the Island of Hven as an entailed estate, and where she served as county administrator, and also received a lifelong pension, and later on a number of estate in Copenhagen. In her son by Christian 4. Hans Ulrik Gyldenløve was appointed County Sheriff of Hven, in 1642. The daughter of Anders Hansen and Bodil Knudsdatter, she also had two daughters who died in infancy, and (d. 1673).


 

1617-18 Acting County Sheriff Sophie Henriksdatter Below of Skivehus Len

Sophie Below administered the fief after the death of her husband, Christen Pedersen Thott til Boltinggård (1568-1617). She researched the history of her family, it's genealogy and heraldica, she wrote a number of prayerbooks. She was daughter of Henrik Below and Lisbeth Skram, mother of 3 children, and lived (1590 - 1650).


 

1617-18 Acting County Sheriff Jutte Gyldenstierne of Værne Kloster Len and Ingedals Skibrede Len, Norway

Acted as tenant of the fief (also known as Verne) after the death of her husband, Kristoffer von der Groeben til Fitseband. She was the official local representative of the King of Denmark-Norway.


 

1618-19 Acting County Sheriff Anne Hansdatter Baden of Kronborg Len with Holbro and Lynge Herred

Anne Baden acted after the death of her brother, Christian or Kristen Hansen (Baden) til Nørgård. She (d. earliest 1633).


 

1618-ca. 1636 County Sheriff Else Tønnesdatter Galde of Værne Kloster Len and Ingedals Skibrede Len and Skjeberg Sogn, Norway

Else Galde was given the tenantcy jointly with her husband, Sivert Gabrielsen Akeleje til Krengerup and Kambo (1584-1659) for the duration of their lifetimes. She had first been married to the German noble, Eiler Weide von Jasmund. Siverd then married Øllegaard Gerlofsdatter Nettelhorst and Anne Ottesdatter Bildt. She did not have any children (d. ca. 1636).


Sofie Oldeland

1618-19 Acting County Sheriff Sofie Hansdatter Oldeland of Brunla Len and Numedalen Len, Norway

Sofie Oldeland had inherited the Castle of Vejlgård from her brother, Laurids in 1610. In charge of the fief after her husband, Caspaer or Kasper Markdanner (1533-1618), had passed away. His background is not known, but he was a soldier at various European courts, and ennobled by the Austrian Emperor in 1571 before he returned to Denmark and was employed at court. had also been Lensmand of Koldinghus 1585-1617.  They married in 1593 and had 2 sons. She lived (1578-1639).


 

1619-20 Acting County Sheriff Dorte Ovesdatter Juul of Århusgård with Hasle, Ning and Vesterlisbjerg Herred

Dorte Juul was widow of Jørgen Kaas til Geldskov. She was daughter of Ove Juul and Elsabe Jensdatter Juel (daughter of Ide Lange), had no children, and (d. 1634)


 

1619-24 Acting County Sheriff Anne Jensdatter Brahe of Sølvitsborg Len with Bregne Herred and Lister

Anne Brahe was widow of Otto Lindenov til Boreby.


Sophie Jørgensdatter Rostrup

1620 Acting County Sheriff Sophie Jørgensdatter Rostrup of the County of Kalundborg, Denmark

Sophie Rostrup acted following the death of her husband, Steen Brahe til Knudstrup. She was his third wife, and she had been married to Mads Sandberg til Løjstrup (d. 1597). The daughter of Jørgen Rostrup til Selleskovgård and Margrethe Skeel, she (d. 1632).


1620 Acting County Sheriff Sophie Steensdatter Brahe of Vestervig Len

Sophie Brahe inherited the estate of Birkelse after the death of her husband, Jørgen Lunge til Odden, and bought the estates of Toftegård, Rævkærgård, Ulveskoven og Nejsumskov. Mogens Kristensen Scheel, the son of her late daughter, Margrethe, inherited half of Birkelse but exchanged it with his aunt, Ide Lunge. Sophie (d. 1656).


 

1621 Acting County Sheriff Else Jørgendatter Marsvin of Tranekær Len with the two Herreds of Langeland
1621-23 Acting County Sheriff of Akershus Len, Norway

Else Marsvin til Stenalt was widow of Enevold Kruse, former treasurer, councillor of the realm and governor of Norway. Mother of 4 children, and lived (1572-1649).


1622 Acting County Sheriff Helle Jørgensdatter 
Marsvin of Arnsborg Len

In 1601 Helle Marsvin had inherited Vapnö, one of the three biggest manor houses in Halland. She became acting County Sheriff after the death of her husband, Jakob Bek til Gladsakse and Beldringe. She lived (1566-1637).


 

1623-24/25 Acting County Sheriff Anne Henriksdatter Lykke of Kalundborg Len with Arts and Skippinge Herred and Samsø and County Sheriff of København Len with Smørum, Sokkelund and Ølstykke Herred

Anne Lykke was member of one of the riches families of the realm, and so was that of her husband, Cai Rantzau. He was Councillor of the Realm and County Sheriff of Kalundborg from 1615. He later became General War Commissioner and when he died during the 30 Year War, she took over the administration of the tenantcies until the accounts had been settled. In 1625 her estates was estimated to be worth more than 4.600 barrols of corn, which was 7 times more than an average estate owner. When King Christian 4 the following year learned that she had become the mistress of his son, Prince Christian, he had her arrested and send to Bohus in Norway. She refused to accept the king's terms for her release, and she complained to the Council of the Realm who freed her in 1628 and she was given back her only child, Sophie. The following year she married Knud Ulfeldt, and the relationship to the royal family became normalized though never warm. Her daughter, Sophie (1616-35) married her stepfathers brother and had 3 children who died shortly after the birth, and 1635 she died herself. She lived (1595-1641).


 

1624 Acting County Sheriff Lisbeth Henriksdatter Gyldenstierne of Dragsholm Len

Lisbeth Gyldenstierne acted after the death of her husband, Oluf Rosensparre. She lived (1564-1638).   


 

1624-? Acting County Sheriff Kirsten Hansdatter of Kullegaard Len with Ludgude Herred in Skåne (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

Widow of Bernd Vacke, Chief of Costums (Toldskriver) in Helsingør, where she resided.


 

1626-27 Acting County Sheriff Birgitte Prebensdatter Gyldenstierne of Halsted Kloster and Ravnsborg Len with Lålands Herred and Nørre- and Sønder Herred

Birgitte Gyldenstierne was widow of Axel Urne til Rygård. She owned the estate until she sold it to Niels Trolle in 1640. Mother of 5 children, and lived (1595-1675)


 

1629-42 Acting County Sheriff Dorothea Hansdatter of Sællemarksgård Len with Samsø

In charge of the fief after the death of her husband, Jakob Brun. Her son, Jens Jakobsen Brun took over after her death.


Birgitte Brokkenhus

1630-31 Acting County Sheriff Birgitte Lauridsdatter Brockenhuus of Nyborg Len with Gudme, Salling, Sunds and Vinding Herred

Birgitte Brockehuus acted as administrator of the fief and local representative of the king after the death of her husband, Jakob Ulfeldt til Ulfeldsholm. They were parents of Corfitz Ulfeldt, Chancellor of the Realm etc. and husband of Leonora Christine, the daughter of King Christian 4.


1631-32 Acting County Sheriff Jytte Eskesdatter Brok of Vestervig Len

After her husband, Jørgen Skeel til Sostrup, died, Jytte Brok was in charge of the fief. He was Councillor of the Realm, owned a number of castles and estates, took part in the war of Kalmar and was Rigsmarsk - Chief Commander of the Armed Forces and Prime Minister in 1627. She lived (1595-1640).


 

1632-4.. County Sheriff Karen Christoffersdatter Pax of Kornerupgård Len

Karen Pax was widow of Erik Madsen Vasspyd til Vinderup (d. 1615). She apparently (d. 1650).


 

1634-35 Acting County Sheriff Birgitte Hansdatter Lindenov of Ålborghus Len with Års, Flæskum, Hellum, Hindsted, Horns, Hvetbor and Kær Herred and Han Herred

Birgitte Lindenov was in charge following the death of her husband, Councillor of State Otte Christensen Skeel. She was employed at the court of Ane Cathrine von Brandenburg, and lived (1581-1648).


 

1634-35 Acting County Sheriff Margrethe von der Lühe of Ryfylke, Jøderen and Dalerne (Stavangers Len), Norway

In charge of the tenantcies after the death of her husband, Jørgen Brockenhuus til Sebber Kloster. She was the official local representative of the King of Denmark-Norway. She was daughter of Carl or Cort von der Lühe and Agathe von Oetzen, mother of 7 children, and lived (1590-1667).


1634-35 Acting County Sheriff Ide Hansdatter Lange af Bøvling with Skodborg Len, Vandfuld, Hind og Ulvborg Herred

Ide Lange was widow of Jens Juul til Kjeldgård, Åbjerg og Nørre Vosborg. Former Governor of Norway and Councillor of the Realm. Died as she fell of a balcony. She lived (1584-1649).


 

1634-35 Acting County Sheriff Hilleborg Christoffersdatter Krafse of Stege Len with the two Herreds of Møn
1653-55 Acting County Sheriff of Hald Len

Hilleborg Krafse til Ravnholt became acting administrator Stege after the death of her first husband, Henrik Holk til Raunholt, who was appointed Count of the Realm by the German Emperor and died of the plauge on the battlefield during the Thirtieth Year War. Later she was in charge of Hald after her second husband, Frands Pogwisch had died, who had been appointed County Sheriff of  Marie Kirkes Provsti in Oslo and Rakkestad Len in Norway at the time of their marriage in 1641 and he continued to be hold high positions at court. She lived (1600-61).


 

1635-36 Acting County Sheriff Anne Jørgensdatter Friis of Århusgård Len with Hasle, Ning and Vesterlisberg Herred

Anne Friis was widow of Laurids Lindenov til Oregård. (d. 1657).


1639 Acting County Sheriff Berte Nielsdatter Friis of Riberhus with Gjørding, Skads and Veser Herred

Berte Friis or Birte Friis was widow of Albert Skeel til Hegnet, Fusingø, Holbækgård, Katholm, Hessel og Lergrav, who held many high positions in the state administration and army. They had 8 children, and she. She lived (1583-1652).


Leonora Christine

1641-51 Joint County Sheriff Leonora Christine Christiansdatter Countess of Holsten of Hørsholm Len, Denmark

In 1641 her father, King Christian 4 granted her the tenantcy for life jointly with her husband, Corfitz Ulfeldt. Two years later he was appointed Chancellor of the Realm (Rigskansler), and since there was no Queen, she was de-facto first-Lady at the court. The death of her father in 1648 was followed by a power-struggle, which she and her husband lost. Her half-brother, Frederik 3, was elected king, but she and her husband continued to provoke the reigning couple. In 1651 they left the country and stayed by Queen Christina of Sweden until 1654, and then in Germany. In 1657 her husband sided with the Swedes during the war with Denmark, which Denmark lost. In 1659 her husband was charged with treason against the Swedish king, he was hit by a stroke, and she was in charge of his defence. They escaped to Denmark, where they were held in captivity until they were freed in 1662, after signing a number of humiliating declarations. Later the same year they were permitted to go abroad for treatment of Corfitz Ulfeldt, who had never recovered from the stroke, and during their travels, he made all kinds of plans against his brother-in-law. In 1663 she went to king Charles II to claim an old loan, but he gave her up to the Danes, she was transferred to Copenhagen and was put in prison in Blåtårn at the Royal Castle of Copenhagen, where she spend 22 years, while her husband died already in 1664. She was not freed until the death of her sister-in-law, Queen Sophie-Amalie, in 1685. During her time in Blåtårn, she wrote "Jammersmide" (Memory of Lamenting), one of the first Danish autobiographies by a woman, which was not published until 1869, though. She spent the rest of her life at the castle, Maribo Kloster. She was the mother of 10 children, and lived (1621-98).


 

1641-42 Acting County Sheriff Maren Eriksdatter Skram of Mariæ Kirkes Domprovsti (Oslo), Norway

Maren Skram acted after the death of her husband, Hartvig Huitfeldt til Skjelbred. She was the official local representative of the King of Denmark-Norway, and Mariæ Kirke is the Cathedral of Oslo. Secondly married to Balthasar Gebhard v. Obelitz. Her step-daughter, Margrethe Huitfeldt, who willed her estates to the Gymnasium of Göteborg upon her death in 1683. Marien Skram was the daughter of Erik Skram til Rammegaard og Anne Vind and (d. 1675).


1642 Acting County Sheriff Lisbeth Jørgensdatter Lunge of Ålholm Len with Fuglse and Musse Herred

Lisbeth Lunge was the third wife of Palle Rosenkrantz. She lived (1610-59).


 

1642-43 Acting County Sheriff Lisbeth Sophie Breidesdatter Rantzau of Hindsgaul Len with Vends Herred

Lisbeth Sophie Rantzau was widow of Hans Johansen Lindenov. She lived (1587-1652).


 

1643 Acting County Sheriff Ingeborg Hansdatter Arnfeldt of Koldinghus with Anst, Brusk, Elbo, Holmans, Jerlev, Slaus, Nørvang, Tørrild and Malt Herred

Ingeborg Arnfeldt til Gundetved was widow Ernst Normand til Selsø.


 

1644-46 Acting County Sheriff Anne Jacobsdatter Bech, Laholm Len in Halland (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

Anne Bech til Førslev was in charge of the administration after the death of her husband Christian von Bülow til Engelstad. She was daughter of Jacob Bech and Helle Marsvin, and lived (1607-64).


1645-54 Acting County Sheriff Regitze Sivertsdatter Grubbe of Hven Len (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

Regize Grubbe was widow of Hans Ulrik Gyldenløve til Vindinge (1615-45), son of Karen Andersdatter and Christian 4, who was given the fief Kronborg for life in 1641, and apparently took over as acting fiefholder of Hven from his mother in 1640. She did not have any children, and lved (1618-1689).


 

1646-47 Acting County Sheriff Anne Jørgensdatter Lunge of Kalø Len with Mols, Nørre and Sønderhals and Østerlisbjerg Herred

After the death of her husband, Jost Høg til Gjorslev (or Just Høeg), Anne Lunge administred the the tenantcy until the accounts had been settled with the King and the a new Lensmand could be appointed. She was daughter of Jørgen Lunge and Sophie Steensdatter Brahe.


 

1646-47 Acting County Sheriff Kirstine Hartvigsdatter Lützow of Dronningborg Len with Galten, Gjerlev, Houlberg, Nørrehald, Onsild, Rugsø, Støvring and Sønderlyng Herred

Kirstine Lützow's father, Hartvig von Lützow was a noble from Mecklenburg who became the Lord Chamberlain of the Court of Danish Queen Sophie von Mecklenburg. After the death of her first husband, Knud Jakobsen Ulfeldt - brother of Corfitz Ulfeldt - she was in charge of the tenantcy. She inherited the estate of Hellerup (Vindinge Herred) from him, who had inherited it from his first wife, Anne Lykke. She was Lady of the Chamber of Danish Hereditary Princess Magdalena Sibylla von Sachen when she married Johan Christoph von Kørbitz (1612-82), who was in the service of Danish Hereditary Prince Christian and after his death Lord Chamberlain of Princess Magdalena Sibylla until she married Duke Friederich Wilhelm von Sachsen-Altenburg in 1652. Upon their marriage he became recognised as a Danish noble. She did not have children, and lived (1615-93)


1647-53 Reigning Dowager Lady Dowager Hereditary Princess Magdalene Sibylla von Sachsen of Denmark of Lolland-Falster, Royal County Sheriff of Nykøbing Len with Falster's two Herreds and Ålholm Len

Magdalene Sibylla af Sachen withdrew to her dowry after the death of her husband, Hereditary Prince Christian. But in 1652 she married Duke Friedrich Wilhelm II zu Sachsen-Altenburg (d. 1669), with whom she had her first child Johanna Magdalene in 1656 and the next, Friedrich Wilhelm II, in 1658. She lived (1617-68).


Anne Ramel

1648-49 Acting County Sheriff Anne Hansdatter Ramel of Kristianssand Len in Skåne (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden) and and Bøvling Len with Skodsborg, Vandfuld, Hind and Ulvborg  

Anna Ramel (or Rammel) til Vandås og Maltesholm took over the fief after the death of her husband, Malte Juel til Gjesinggård, County Sheriff of Kristiansstad. She had inherited a number of estates from her family. She (d. 1702).


1648-49 Acting County Sheriff Margrethe Jørgensdatter Lunge of Koldinghus Len with Anst, Brusk, Elbo, Jerlev, Slaus, Nørvang, Tørrild and Malt Herred

Margrethe Lunge was in charge of the fief the death of her husband, Mogens Bille til Tirsbæk (1617-48). Their only son, Jørgen Lunge Bille was born and died the same year. She was daughter of Jørgen Lunge Dyre and Sophie Steensdatter Brahe.


 

1648-51 Acting County Sheriff Christence Hansdatter Lindenov of Hindsgavl Len with Vends Herred

After the death of her second husband, Claus Alexandersen Sehested til Højgaard, Christence Lindenov til Tim and Ørslev held the fief, that he had granted after returning to Denmark after a period as Lord Marshall of the Prince Bishop of Bremen in 1643. She had first been married to Axel Gyldenstjerne til Tim, Ørslevkloster og Strandet. They did not have any children. (d. 1681).


 

1649-50 Acting County Sheriff Regitze Knudsdatter Urne of Ålholm Len with Fuglse and Musse Herred

Regitze Urne was widow of Jost Frederik von Pappenheim til Søholt. Mother of 4 children, she lived (1608-79).


1650-51 Acting County Sheriff Jytte Styggesdatter Høeg of Århusgård Len with Hasle, Ning and Vesterlisbjerg Herred

Another version of her name was Jutte Høg, and she acted as administrator of the fief after the death of her husband, Niels Krag til Trudsholm. She lived (1589-1659).


 

1650 Acting County Sheriff Kirsten Frandsdatter Rantzau af Lunde Sankt Peders Kloster

Kirsten Rantzau was widow of Falk Lykke til Skovgård, Bollerup og Gersnæs. She did not have any children.


1651-80 County Sheriff Queen Sophie Amalie zu Braunschweig-Lüneburg of Denmark of Hørsholm Len
1651-58 County Sheriff of Hven

1670-85 Reigning Dowager Lady of Lolland-Falster
with the Castle of Nykøbing

Sophie Amalie af Braunschwig got the tenantcy of Hørsholm as security for loans to her husband, Frederik 3, and she also administered the estates of Ibsholm and Dronninggaard and build Sophie-Amalienborg. She was quite influential during the reign of her husband from 1648 and supported his curbing of the nobility and was a leading force in the defence of Copenhagen from the attacks of the Sweden in 1659. She was mother of among others, Prince Jørgen (George) the husband of Queen Anne of England and Scotland. Sophie Amalie lived (1628-85).


1651-61 County Sheriff Anne Predbjørndsatter Gyldenstierne of Hagenskov Len

Anne Gyldenstierne was married to Jørgen Brahe to Hvedholm (1585-1661), she was daughter of Predbjørn Gyldenstierne (1548-1616) and Mette Hardenberg (1569-1629), mother of a number of children, and lived (1596-1677).


 

1651-52 Acting County Sheriff Dorothea Jensdatter Bielke of Bakke Kloster Len, Norway

After the death of her husband, Daniel Bildt til Morland (1601-51), Dorothea Bielke continued as the official local representative of King Frederik III of Denmark-Norway. She later arried Gabriel Rosenskold. The daughter of Daughter of Chancellor Jens Bielke, she lived (1612-74),


 

1651-52 Acting County Sheriff Margrethe Hartvigsdatter Huitfeldt of Dragsmark Kloster Len, Norway

Margrethe Huitfeldt continued the tenantcy, after her husband, Thomas Dyre til Sundsby (1605-51). As she had no children, she gave two of her estates Sundsby and Aaby in Baahus Len to students at Gøteborgs Gymnasium. She lived (1608-83).


 

1652-54 Acting County Sheriff Anna Margrethe von Götzen of Abrahamstrup Len with Hornsherred

After the death of her husband, Jørgen Schult til Finstrup, she was in charge of the fief. She owned different estates, among others Leiholm, that she sold to her son-in-law, Niels Banner, who was married to her daughter, Anna Cathrine Schult (d. 1675), she (d. 1684).


 

1652-57 Acting County Sheriff Karen Gundesdatter Lange of Søbygaard Len with Løve Herred

Karen Lange acted after the death of her husband, Kristoffer Gøye til Assendrup (1584-1652), as the tenantcy had been granted them jointly for their lifetimes. She was daughter of Gunde Lange til Søfde and Anne Hansdatter Basse and (d. 1657).


 

1652-...  County Sheriff Elsbet of Kullegaard Len (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

It is not known how long she was in charge of the fief. She was widow of Thomas Jakobsen. Her bacground is not know.


 

1653-55 Acting County Sheriff Ide Jørgensdatter Grubbe of Ålholm Len with Fuglse and Musse

Ide Grubbe was widow of Frederik Barnewitz til Rugbjerggård. She (d. 1702).


 

1653-55 Acting County Sheriff Margrethe Ottosdatter Skeel of Stege Len

Margrethe Skeel was in charge after the death of her husband, Henrik Rammel. She was daughter of Birgitte Lindenov and Otte Skeel. Mother of 2 children, and (d. 1671).


1655-56 Acting County Sheriff Dorthe Eggersdatter Abildgaard of Antvorskov Len

Dorthe Abildgård held the tenantcy after the death of her husband, Wentzel Rothkirch til Tjæreborg. She lived (1597-1657).
 


 

1655-56 Acting County Sheriff Dorthe Clausdatter Daa of Akershus Len, Norway

Dorthe Daa married the Councillor of State, Gregers Krabbe til Torstedlund, who was appointed Stadholder of Norway and exchanged the tenantcy of Riberhus with Akershus Len in 1651. After his death, she continued to act as the official local representative of the King of Denmark-Norway. She had inherited the Estate of Espe from her father, Claus Daa, in 1641, and lived (1617-75).


 

1655-56 Acting County Sheriff Mette Jørgensdatter Grubbe of Skivehus Len with Harre, Hindborg, Nørre and Rødding Herreds

Mette Grubbe was sister of Ide Grubbe and widow of Ebbe Jakobsen Ulfeldt til Urup, brother of Corfitz Ulfeldt. They did not have any children, and she lived (1615-83).


 

1656-59 County Sheriff Dorothea Christensdatter Sehested of Halsnø Kloster and Hardanger Len, Norway

Also known as Dorthe Sehested, she was given control over the fief for two years following the death of her husband, Lensmand Peder Juel (1623-56) who had been Envoy to the Netherlands and Resident in Sweden until 1655, where he had to keep an open eye at Corfits Ulfeldts who was plotting against the Danish king. His first wife, Margethe Jensdatter Juel had died in 1651 and they married in 1656, and when he died shortly after she acted as the local representative of the King of Denmark-Norway in the Counties of Halsnøy and Hardanger, and lived (1637-64).


 

1656-58 Acting County Sheriff Sidsel Jørgensdatter Friis of Nyborg Len

Sidsel Friis acted as administrator of the fief after her husband, Mogens Kaas til Støvring, had died. Mother of 3 sons.


 

1657-58 Acting County Sheriff Edel Jacobsdatter Rosenkrantz, Landskrona Len in Skåne (At the time part of Denmark, now Sweden)

Edel Rosenkrantz took over the administration of the tenantcy after the death of her husband, Knud Ulfeldt til Svendstrup (1609-57) who had been in the service of the Danish army for many years. He had first been married Vibeke Clausdatter Podebusk til Østergaard, widow of Otte Lindenovs (1608-45) and her first husband was Gabriel Laxmand. She (d. 1684).


 

1657-58 Acting County Sheriff Øllegaard Axelsdatter Gyldenstierne of Mariager Len

Øllegaard Gyldenstierne was widow of Christian Friis til Lyngbygård, with whom she had a daughter, Sophie Amalie Friis (1651-98). In 1660 she married a second time, to Cai Lykke, and lived (ca. 1630-97).


 

1657 Acting County Sheriff Anna Elisabeth von der Groeben of Halsted Kloster and Ravnsborg Len with Lålands Nørre and Sønder Herred

Possibly her surname was van der Groeben, she was charge after the death of her husband, Flemming Ulfeldt til Oreby (or Flemming Jakobsen Rigsgreve Ulfeldt. Mother of One daughter, and (d. 1690).


 

1658 Acting County Sheriff Karen Hansdatter Arnfeldt of Halsted Kloster and Ravnsborg Len with Lålands Nørre and Sønder Herred

Karen Arnfeldt was widow of Frederik Urne, and lived (1598-1673).


 

1658 Acting County Sheriff Anne Iversdatter Vind of Kronborg Len and Holbro and Lynge Herred

Anne Vind took over as holder of the fief after the death of her husband, Arent von der Kuhla (1599-1658). She was owner of Løitved, and lived (1622-74).


 

1658-59 Acting County Sheriff Helvig Nielsdatter Skinkel of Dalum Len, Denmar

Helvig Skinkel med Lilje was Widow of Iver Vind til Nørholm. She lived (1602-67).


1658-59 Acting County Sheriff Elisabeth Avgusta Christiansdatter Countess af Slesvig-Holsten of Kalundborg Len with Arts and Skippinge Herreds and Samsø

Frøken (Miss) Elisabeth Augusta was daughter of King Christian 4. of Denmark and Kirstine Munk. According to contemporary sources she gambled a lot and was not a good "housewife", and therefore she had to sell the estates of Boller and Rosenvold, which she inherited from her mother in 1658 in order to pay off her debts. She administered the fief for the remaining part of the year after the death of her husband, Councillor of the Realm (Rigsråd) Hans Hansen Lindenov, til Fovslet, Allingkloster, Hundslund, Gavnø, Oregaard and Borgeby. Her only daughter, Sophie Amalie Lindenov (1649-88), inherited the estates and bought a number of new ones. Her husband, Claus Då til Krængerup, Vedtoftegård og Dåsborg, was murdered in 1678 apparently on her command. 1681 she had Dåsborg named a Free-lordship (Barony) of Lindenborg with her nephew, Christian Gyldenløve, as heir, since her only child had died as an infant. Elisabeth Augusta lived (1623-77).


 

Before 1659-6... Acting County Sheriff Anne Albertsdatter Skeel of Ørum Len

Anne Skeel acted as local administrator after the death of her husband, Kristoffer Hvas til Hennegård.


Else Parsberg

1659-60 Acting County Sheriff Else Olufsdatter Parsberg of Stjernholm Len with Bjerge, Hatting and Nim

Else Parsberg was widow of Laurids Ulfeldt til Egeskov, brother of Corfitz Ulfeldt.


1660-61 Acting County Sheriff Christence Frandsdatter Lykke of København Len with Smørrum, Sokkelund and Ølstykke Herred

Christence Lykke was in charge after the death of her husband, Franz Brockenhuus. The English version of København is Copenhagen, the Capital of Denmark. Her second husband was Frederik von Arenstorf. She lived (1636-67).


 

1660-61 Acting County Sheriff Dorthe Knudsdatter Urne of Hald Len

Dorthe Urne held the tenantcy after the death of her husband, Ove Brostrupsøn Gjedde, who was in office from 1658. She was daughter of Knud Urne and Margrethe Eilersdatter Grubbe, mother of 4 children, and lived (1600-67).


 

1661-62 Acting County Sheriff Cathrine Caisdatter Sehested of Dragsholm Len

Cathrine Sehested acted after the death of her husband, Sivert Knudsen Urne til Raarup. The same year she married Hans von Ahlefelt. She was a close friend of the Danish Queen, and lived (1625-70).


1661-62 Acting County Sheriff Margrethe Frederiksdatter Reedtz of Århusgård Len

Margrethe Reedtz was in charge after her husband, Malte Sehested til Ryhave og Boller, had died. She (d. 1697).


Anne von Blome

1676-88 County Sheriff Anne Ottesdatter von Blome of Riberhus and Møgeltønderhus Len

1648 Anne von Blome married Hans Schack, who had been a soldier in Danish, German and French armies. They then lived at his estates Gültzow and Rosenthal in Sachsen-Lauenborg before her husband was appointed Commander of Hamburg. He became Lieutenant General and County Sheriff of Riberhus and Møgeltønderhus, (now Schackenborg Slot) in 1658 and he played a crucial role in the Danish-Swedish war as Governor of Copenhagen which was put under siege and he was one of the most important commanders during the war. 1660 he became supreme commander and continued to hold even higher offices until he was appointed Count in 1671, 5 years before his death. She was daughter of Otto Blome zu Kaltenhof, mother of several sons, and lived (1632-1688).


1699-1714 Reigning Dowager Lady Dowager Queen Charlotte Amalie zu Hessen-Kassel of Denmark of Lolland-Falster with the Castle of Nykøbing

Charlotte Amalie af Hessen was widow of Christian 5 (1646-70-99). Though her husband was Head of the Lutheran Church she resisted the pressure to give up her Reformed faith, and was a major sponsor of Reformed and Calvinist communities in Copenhagen, which she helped establish as "permitted faith" in 1685. When the Swedes attacked Copenhagen in 1700 while her son, Frederik 4, was in Slesvig-Holsten, she remained in town and "opfordrede" to resistance. Her father-in-law, Frederik 3, had granted her the estates of Frederiksdal, Bagsværd and Gentoftegård for life and she gathered the papermill by the Strandvej, the estate of Vemmetofte and almost of the whole of the Shire of Stavens and Børglumkloster, Dronninglund and Dronninggård in Jutland. Mother of 7 children of whom 4 survived infancy, she lived (1650-1714).


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