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Swedish nobles / Svensk adel

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  • Baron Jacob Duwall (c.1589 - 1634)
    "Jacob Duwall/MacDougall was born around 1589 in Altmark (one source notes this as Brentzlau, which is Prenzlau), one of 9 sons to Albrekt MacDougall of Mackerston. His mother was Elsa von Bredau. Th...
  • Sir Johan Makeléer, 1st Baronet (1604 - 1666)
    Adlad 16490520 till Gåsevadholm Hans Makeléer, 1st Baronet, (1604 – July 7, 1666) was Lord of Gåsevadholm, and Hageby. He lived in Gothenburg, Sweden. He was made a Baronet by Charles II of England a...
  • Carl Gustaf Wilhelm Sinclair (1849 - 1919)
    CHARLES GUSTAF SINCLAIR, FIFTH AND PRESENT COUNT SINCLAIR, is a Captain in the Swedish Infantry and a Knight of the Sword, now in his 48th year, and married to a Swedish lady, Elly Smedberg. Nobl...
  • Israel Vilhelm Malkolm Sinclair (1817 - 1884)
    Nobles in Sweden and Alsace
  • Fredrik Wilhelm Adam Sinclair (1791 - 1835)
    Nobles in Sweden and Alsace

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The Swedish nobility is organized into three classes according to a system introduced in 1626:

  • Lords (Swedish: Herreklassen), comprising counts (greve) and barons (friherre, baron), two titles introduced in 1561 by Erik XIV
  • Knights (Swedish: Riddarklassen), untitled descendants of Swedish Privy Councillors and since 1778 the 300 oldest families in the Class of Esquire as well as the "commander families", who are of the descendants of commanders of Swedish royal orders
  • Esquires (Swedish: Svenneklassen), other untitled nobles