The Alfort chronicle

From beyond the seas – A history of the Alfort family

© by Esben Alfort 2014-2019

The chronicle so far consists of the following chapters. See below for detailed contents.



Chapter 1: From beyond the seas

  • Huguenot roots
  • Why come to Sweden?
  • From British French to Swedish Latin – The Alfort name through the centuries

Chapter 2: A fish out of water – Captain Erik Alfort

  • The early sources
  • A pivotal moment
  • Erik Alfort’s late career

Chapter 3: A self-made investor of the 17th century – Gabriel Gyllenståhl

  • From tobacco smuggler to acclaimed officer
  • A noble marriage
  • The duel
  • War with Denmark and Gabriel’s rise to nobility
  • Gyllenståhl the legend
  • Gyllenståhl the investor
  • The family ironworks
  • A noble line goes extinct

Chapter 4: The price of wilfulness – Gabriel’s daughters

  • The wedding without a priest – Hedevig Gyllenståhl
  • An unhappy marriage – Maria Gyllenståhl
  • The unsuitable suitor – Märta Gyllenståhl

Chapter 5: Difficult times at Liljeholmen – Erik Alfort and his children

  • Erik’s court squabbles
  • The rewards of hard work – Gabriel Ahlfort
  • Disinherited for the sake of love – Maria Catharina Ahlfort
  • A third branch? – Carl Henric Ahlfort

Kapitel 6: Politiska bönder – Maria Catharina Ahlforts släkt

  • Soldat och jordbrukare
  • En högreståndsfamilj
  • Hovskräddarna
  • En levande symbol för försoning
  • Den inofficiella släktgården
  • Högt respekterade bönder
  • Smått och fattigt

Chapter 7: Life and death on the seven seas – Captain Gabriel Ahlfort

  • Madagascar’s pirates – Gabriel very nearly makes history
  • The secretly betrothed
  • The long voyage
  • Gabriel assists the sultan of Palembang
  • Trading in India and Mecca
  • Home again
  • A ship of his own

Future chapters

  • Chapter 8: Moving on – The fate of Liljeholmen
  • Chapter 9: The fall of nobility

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