14 February 2017

Urn grave of Holger Drachmann, Skagen, Denmark (Tombstone Tuesday)

 © 2011 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth.
© 2011 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth.

The urn grave of the Danish poet, dramatist and artist Holger Drachmann (1846–1908) just south of Grenen (Skagen Odde) outside Skagen in Jylland (Jutland), Denmark.

8 February 2017

Siste trykte utgave av Norsk Lovtidend (Last printed edition of the Norwegian Legal Gazette)

I dag ble det skrevet historie – i dobbel forstand – på arbeidsplassen min, Lovdata. Den trykte utgaven av Norsk Lovtidend ble i fjor besluttet avviklet etter at årgangen 2016 var avsluttet, og i dag ble den aller siste utgaven, hefte 19 i avdeling I, publisert.

I den forbindelse har jeg skrevet en artikkel som forklarer bakgrunnen for avviklingen og litt om utviklingen av Norsk Lovtidend fra 1877 til i dag. Det ble til og med plass til litt genealogi! Artikkelen ble publisert på Lovdata.no i dag tidlig.

Den elektroniske kunngjøringen av Norsk Lovtidend ble offisiell versjon i 2001. Jeg har jobbet i Lovdata siden mai 1998 og arbeidet med Norsk Lovtidend har vært og er fortsatt en av hovedoppgavene mine.

Last year it was decided that the printed edition of Norsk Lovtidend, the Norwegian Legal Gazette, was to be discontinued after the publishing year of 2016 was finished. The last printed edition – no. 19, section I – was published today.

In this connection I have written an article (in Norwegian only) which explains the decision for discontinuing the printed edition and which also gives a short outline of the developments of the Legal Gazette from 1877 until today. There was even room for some genealogy stuff! The article was published at Lovdata.no today.

The digital issue became the official version in 2001. I have worked for the Lovdata Foundation since 1998, and the publishing of the Legal Gazette has been and still is one of my main tasks.

7 February 2017

Eurohistory. The European Royal History Journal, Vol. 19.3, Fall 2016

The latest issue of Eurohistory. The European Royal History Journal, issue CXI, volume 19.3, fall 2016, which I received two weeks ago, has on its front cover a photo of the late Queen Anne of Romania, née Princess of Bourbon-Parme. An obituary of the queen, who died on 1 August 2016, is published in the magazine, written by its publisher and editor Arturo E. Béeche. Queen Anne was married in 1948 to King Michael (Mihai), who rather unvoluntarily abdicated the throne of Romania the previous year.

Traditionally each issue of the ERHJ includes a photo article written by Ilana D. Miller, and this time her Who Is In the Photograph presents a photo of  The Battenberg Brothers, i.e. Prince Alexander of Bulgaria (1857–1893, r. 1879–1886), Prince Louis (Ludwig) (1854–1921), Prince Henry (1858–1896) and Prince Franz Joseph of Battenberg (1861–1924), sons of Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine (1823–1888) and his wife Julia von Hauke (1825–1895), who was created Countess of (von) Battenberg when they married in 1851 and in 1858 Princess of Battenberg with the style of Serene Highness. Alexander and Julia also had the daughter Marie Caroline (1852–1923), who married Prince Gustav of Erbach-Schönberg (1840–1908) in 1871. The article is based on the talk Miller gave at the XIX Eurohistory Conference in September 2015.

The Battenberg article is followed by Ludmila Prokopova's presentation of the Livadia Palace at Crimea, the former summer retreat of Emperor Nicholas II of Russia. The article is titled Tours to Imperial in the 19th Century.

In 2016 it was 110 years since King Christian IX of Denmark (1818–1906, r. from 1863) died. This is probably why Coryne Hall has contributed with her article APAPA. King Christian IX of Denmark and His Descendants. King Christian has been nick-named «the Father-in-Law of Europe» due to the great dynastic matches two of his daughters made – Princess Alexandra, who married the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, and Princess Dagmar, who married the future Emperor Alexander III of Russia and became Empress Maria Feodorovna. His eldest son Frederik became King of Denmark, his younger son Prince Wilhelm became King Georgios I of the Hellenes, while his grandson Prince Carl was elected to the throne of Norway in 1905 and took the name Haakon VII. Descendants of Christian's children, who also included Princess Thyra, who married Ernst August of Hannover, Duke of Cumberland, and Prince Valdemar, who married Princess Marie of Orleans, are spread into the courts of Europe. Reigning descendants today include Queen Margrethe of Denmark, King Harald V of Norway, Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, King Felipe VI of Spain, King Philippe of the Belgians and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg.

Coryne Hall and Arturo E. Beéche's book APAPA: King Christian IX of Denmark and His Descendants was published by Eurohistory in 2014.

On 8 October 2016 Prince Leka of the Albanians married his long-time fiancée Elia Zaharia in Tirana. Seth B. Leonard was lucky to be present and he has written a nice account of his impressions for the ERHJ. The wedding was also covered by Netty Leistra in the latest issue of Royalty Digest Quarterly.

The ERHJ also includes a second obituary, that of  Marco de Hohenlohe-Langenburg y Medina, the 19th Duke of Medinaceli (1962–2016), also written by the editor, Arturo E. Beéche.

The last main article in the latest issue is written by Joe Spiteri and is titled The Royal Governor of the Rock of Gibraltar. The only royal person to be governor of Gibraltar was Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (1767–1820), the fourth son of King George III and Queen Charlotte, née Princess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

Coryne Hall has written reviews of the following titles:
  • British Nannies and the Great War by Louise Heren (Pen & Sword, 2016), ISBN 9781473827530.
  • Franz Joseph, 1830-1916. Exhibition Catalogue, edited by Karl Vocelka and Martin Mutschlechner (Christian Brandstätter Verlag, Vienna, 2016), ISBN 9783850339902 (German),
    ISBN 9783850339988 (English)
  • The Hohenzollern Case File. A Story of Royal Rivalry and High Court Forgery that Divided a Dynasty by Marco Houston (Leppi Publications, 2016), ISBN 9780952164456
  • The Countess. The Scandalous Life of Frances Villiers, Countess of Jersey by Tim Clarke (Amberley Publishing, 2016), ISBN 9781445656267
  • Mrs Keppel, Mistress to the King by Tom Quinn (Biteback Publishing, 2016), ISBN 9781785900488
The first and fourth and fifth titles are thankfully also available as e-books.

The ERHJ also includes a Royal News section, this time with news from the royal, princely and aristocratic houses of Albania, Luxembourg, Norway, Prussia, Serbia (Yugoslavia), Isenburg, Stolberg-Stolberg, Wurmbrand-Stuppach, Medinaceli and Westminster.

The publisher of The European Royal History Royal can be reached at erhj [at] eurohistory.com.

For earlier articles on the magazine, please go here, while the ERHJ blog can be read here.

Stenset grave, Nybo Cemetery, Sandefjord, Norway (Tombstone Tuesday)

 © 2005 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth. 

© 2008 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth. 

The photos show the urn grave of Rudolf Stenset (1920–1975) and Sigrid Stenset, née Hoelseth (1921–1975) at Nybo gravlund (cemetery), Sandefjord, Norway. Their names and dates are inscribed (or rather attached) directly on a natural stone. The lease of the urn grave expired in 2015, I think, so I don't know if anything has happened to the letters and numbers. I will have to check it out next time I visit Sandefjord, the city where I grew up. At least I have several photos of the grave. There are several similar urn graves at Nybo ( as well as ordinary graves), and I might return with a presentation of the cemetery as a whole later on. 

Sigrid was a younger sister of my grandfather Arne Hoelseth (1916–2007).

31 January 2017

Von Munthe af Morgenstierne graves, Oslo, Norway (Tombstone Tuesday)

 © 2011 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth.

 © 2011 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth. 

© 2016 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth. 

Bredo Munthe til Bekkeskov (1701–1757) was ennobled in 1755 with the name von Munthe af Morgenstierne. From him descends two Danish and one Norwegian lines. The second last edition of Danmarks Adels Aarbog, in which the family is included, divides the family into two lines, to which the children of Bredo's son Otto Christopher von Munthe af Morgenstierne (1735–1809) make three branches, while the descendants of Bredo's son Troels (1745–1810) make the fourth branch.

The privileges belonging to the noblity in Norway were abolished in 1821, but most families, including the von Munthe af Morgenstierne family, continued to live here, and many members have made a name for themselves in for instance diplomacy and academia.

The top photo shows one of the von Munthe af Morgenstierne graves at Our Saviour's Cemetery in Oslo, graves no. 01.061.02.024 and 025, which are leased together. The headstone includes among others Otto's great-grandson (of the first branch) Carl Johan Maximilian (1844–1912), who was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and his wife Anna Dorothea, née Stub (1850–1936), who originally came from Bergen, Norway. Carl Johan Maximilian was the son of Christian Fredrik Jacob (1806–1886) in his first marriage to Princess Anastasia Sergiewna Soltikov (1810–1853). 

The second photo is a close-up of the family's coat-of-arms.

The third photo shows one of the von Munthe af Morgenstierne (2nd branch) graves at Vestre gravlund (Western cemetery) in Oslo. Buried in grave (no. 20.322.00.112) are among others Ambassador Wilhelm Thorleif (1887–1963), who mentioned in a blog article last year, and his brother Georg Valentin (1892–1978) who was a professor of linguistics at the University of Oslo. He was the father of Eva von Munthe af Morgenstierne (1921–2017), who in 1948 married Erik Finn Lorentzen (1921–2010). One of Erik's brothers, Erling Lorentzen, b. 1923, was married to Princess Ragnhild of Norway (1930–2012). The funeral service for Eva, who died on 22 January 2017, took place yesterday, 30 January 2017, at Vestre gravlund, gamle kapell (Western Cemetery, Old Chapel).

24 January 2017

Lunde and Ullmann grave, Lillehammer Cemetery, Norway (Tombstone Tuesday)


Both photos: © 2011 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth  

The photos show the headstone and grave of the artist Rolf Schubarth Lunde (1891–1928), his wife Ebba Lunde, née Dietrichson (1891–1978), their daughter Ebba (19201979) and son-in-law Viggo Ullmann (1915–1998) at Lillehammer Cemetery (Lillehammer kirkegård) in Oppland county, Norway.

The headstone (bronze relief) is located at the Northern wall of the cemetery, and is most likely a copy of the altar piece in Hornindal Church, made by the artist Dagfin Werenskiold (1892–1977), cf. Sindre, Svein. Vår fedrearv. Menighetsblad for Lillehammer og omegn, no. 2/2014, pp. 10–11.

17 January 2017

Grave of musician Bjarne Hansen, Østre gravlund (Eastern Cemetery), Oslo, Norway (Tombstone Tuesday)

© 2017 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth  
 
The grave of musician Bjarne Halvard Hansen (1910–1962) and Rakel Debora Hansen (1914–2010) at Østre gravlund (Eastern Cemetery), Oslo, Norway, grave no. 10.039.10.011. In the death announcement in Aftenposten 14 April 1962 No. 177, p. 17, his wife Elsa as well as five children were listed. According to the funeral notice in Aftenposten on 21 April 1962 No. 185 p. 16, Hansen worked as an orchestra conductor.

According to the 1910 census, Bjarne was the son of carpenter Anton Julius Hansen and Maren Helene Hansen, née Olsen.

© 2017 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth 

Østre gravlund (Eastern Cemetery), Oslo, Norway, January 2017.