Pieter, baron van Reede van Oudtshoorn

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Baron Pieter Van Reede van Oudtshoorn tot Nederhorst, SV/PROV

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
Death: Died
Place of Burial: Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Barend, baron van Reede van Outshoorn and Catherina Cornelia van Eys , baronesse van Reede van Outshoorn
Husband of Baroness Sophia Boesses, barones van Reede van Oudtshoorn
Father of Petronella van Reede van Oudtshoorn; Adriana Sophia, barones van Reede van Oudtshoorn; Cornelia Thierens; Barend Hendrik, baron van Reede van Oudtshoorn; Johanna Egberta, barones van Reede van Oudtshoorn and 9 others

Occupation: Appointed governor of Cape. Died en route to Cape in 1773, Appointed Governor of the Dutch East India Company in the Cape, Gouverneur van de Kaapkolonie
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About Pieter, baron van Reede van Oudtshoorn

V. '''Pieter van Reede, van Oudtshoorn'''. Hij was een zoon van Barend Cornelis van Reede van Oudtshoorn en Catharina Cornelia van Eys en geboren 1714. gestorven 1773; hij huwt 1736 met Sophia Boesses (dochter van Adriaan Boesses en Mechteld de Knuyt), geboren 1720, gestorven, 1791.

V. Sophia Boesses. Zij was eene dochter van Adriaan Boesses en Mechteld de Knuyt en geboren 1720, gestorven 1791; zij huwt 1736 met Pieter van Reede van Oudtshoorn (V).

Baron Pieter van Rheede van Oudtshoorn tot Nederhorst was a Governor of the Cape in the mid-1700s. Prior to his appointment as Governor, he left the Cape in 1766 to assist in wrapping up his uncle’s affairs in Europe. The appointment to Governor was made in 1772 by the Prince of Orange while the Baron was still in Europe. He returned to the Cape on the 4th January 1773 aboard the ship Asia and while at sea, fell ill. After 19 days of suffering, he died and was placed in a ‘leaden’ coffin that he had taken along on the journey. One has to wonder why his luggage included a coffin.

The legend goes that the ship’s captain filled the coffin with brandy to preserve the body and this is quite likely, as the intention was to bury the Baron at the Cape. Journeys such as these would generally take three months to reach Cape Town. A few days after the ship docked, Baron Pieter van Rheede van Oudtshoorn was buried under the pavement of the Groote Kerk. Years later, the church was enlarged and the Baron’s remains were removed and placed in a vault – designed by the great French architect Louis Michel Thibault – at his fine homestead called Saasveld but his flagstone was retained and mounted on the eastern wall of the Groote Kerk where it can still be seen today

Baron of Reede. Lord of Oudtshoorn, Gnephoek and Ridderbuurt in the Netherlands. Lord of the Castle of Drakenburg ( de Guldenhof). Heir to the English perage of Hunsdon through his grandmother Lady Maria de Vlamingh van Oudtshoorn whose sister Geertruida, had married William Carey, Lord Hunsdon

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Pieter, baron van Reede van Oudtshoorn's Timeline

1714
July 8, 1714
Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
July 10, 1714
1736
1736
Age 21
The Netherlands
1737
September 24, 1737
Age 23
1739
March 14, 1739
Age 24
Netherlands
1740
October 20, 1740
Age 26
1742
June 29, 1742
Age 27
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
1744
March 3, 1744
Age 29
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
1746
April 17, 1746
Age 31
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
1748
January 20, 1748
Age 33
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa