Nobility letters

No. 1531
Adam Leijel 23rd April 1717

Note: Adam Leijel was born in Stockholm on 8 December 1669, the second son of
Henrik Lyell (1627-1710) and his wife Judit Rokes (1647-1705). Adam graduated
from Uppsala University in 1684, and studied in Wittenberg (1691), Leipzig
(1692) and Leiden in 1693. He was enobled in Sweden on 23 April 1717 and
introduced in the Stockholm House of Nobility in 1719 as nr. 1531.

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This is the nobility letter for Adam Leijel
where his works are described and with
the signature of king Carl XII.

The original is kept at the
National Archives

Note the King's use of "we" when it
comes to himself.


We Carl .PP. Makes as We with royal favor in
grace happy to consider them of Our faithful subjects
who not only through the study and collection of
useful sciences done to Our and
the Fatherland’s service and later
through faithful service demonstrated so well by
their acquired knowledge of their love,
faith and spirituality. So We have now with Us come
in gracious remembrance of the faithful servant and assessor
in Our “Bergskollegium” lovable Adam Leijell,
which from his youth practiced in the literary arts both at the academy in
Uppsala and several universities abroad
and resided for a few years at
the noblest mining works
thereby winning a perfect knowledge of the
areas belonging to the mines correct operation and
management and later as apprentice in
Our Bergskollegium held until he in the year
1700 became in Our gracious proxy appointed
to Mining Master in eastern and western mining areas
thereby and numerous to him entrusted
ordinances, he won his superiors’ good accolades
and demonstrated such good proof of his skill that We
likewise in 1713 graciously  have been persuaded to recommend
him as assessor in Our “Bergskollegium”
which he to Our gracious pleasure represents and because
he at these and several commissions in the Mining Areas
handles so skillfully and sincerely and thus made
themselves further Our gracious favor and
remembrance worthy, We have to reward him and
his business knowledge with
the gracious bounty of its commendable condition,
hereby and by virtue of this Our open letter, of
the Royal Power and authority required to indulge in, donate
and give him and his true heirs,
women as males, both born and unborn
noble position and value, as subsequent
Coat-of-Arms as their ancestors in Scotland
heretofore used, namely a blue shield with a
chevron of gold between three crosses of the same metal.
On top of the shield is an open tournament helmet, from
which a red lion rises, holding by
the right paw, a lily of gold and blue wreath and
foliage are of gold and blue, just like this
shield with its true colours stand here as painted. We
also allow him and the heirs to
retain their last name Leyell as well as the above
mentioned shield mark to bring and use in all noble
and chivalrous acts and social, such
as tournaments, “ringränning” and all other occasions
as in joke and in seriousness to their own will and
pleasure, equally with other nobles of Our Realm, and
in addition utilize all the privileges of freedom and rights
as chivalry and nobility are given or
henceforth confer. We are asking for the sake of all
Potentates, Emperors, Kings, Princes, free
Republics, as well as any other
to everyone's sovereignty and value, favor and kindness and so
inviting and commanding everyone in general and each one in
particular who with obedience
and obedience are connected, that they recognize Adam Leyell, and
their children and genuine heirs of the right
nobles, be upright to him and them the honor
and glory that this position apply, not make
him or them any obstacle, hurt or detriment
of any motto. Furthermore, We have signed this
with our own signature and confirmed below with our large
royal seal.
Lund, the 23rd day of April year after Christ's birth
seventeen hundred and seventeen.

Lund , April 23, 1717.
Shield Letter for Assessor
Adam Leijel




Interpretation of the original text: Rita Westerlund


No. 1532
David Leijel 28th May 1717


No. 1533
Adam Leijel 28th May 1717

Note: Adam Jakobsson Leijel (1658-1729) died in Stockholm and is buried in the St.
Nickolai Church there. He became the factory owner of Hammarby Ironworks. He was
eventually naturalised as a Swede and ennobled on 28 May 1717 and introduced
into the Riddarhuset in 1719 under the number 1533.