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Helsinki, National Archives, Older account book series, 6284a, 6312b, 6345a and 6379a. Fragments of court records from Savolax, 1559, 1561–1562, and 1565

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Fragments of the records of the Savolax lower court (häradsrätt) for the winter and spring sessions in 1559 (6284a),
the summer session in 1561 (6312b), winter and spring sessions in
1562 (6345a), and the spring session in 1565 (6379a).
Fragments of court records of the Savolax lower court (häradsrätt) for the winter and spring sessions in 1559 (6284a),
the summer session in 1561 (6312b), winter and spring sessions in
1562 (6345a), and the spring session in 1565 (6379a), as
well as some second-tier court (lagmansrätt) sessions, all
presided over (and for the most part recorded by) Jesper
Sigfridsson in lieu of Claes Christersson
Horn (Pirinen 1954, vii–xii).

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6284a + 6312b + 6345a + 6379a

Helsinki
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6284a + 6312b + 6345a + 6379a

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Helsinki, National Archives, Older account book series, 6284a, 6312b, 6345a and 6379a. Fragments of court records from Savolax, 1559, 1561–1562, and 1565
1559-1565
,
Savo
Fragments of
court records
of the
Savolax
lower court (
häradsrätt
) for the winter and spring sessions in
1559
(6284a), the summer session in
1561
(6312b), winter and spring sessions in
1562
(6345a), and the spring session in
1565
(6379a), as well as some second-tier court (
lagmansrätt
) sessions, all presided over (and for the most part recorded by)
Jesper Sigfridsson
in lieu of
Claes Christersson Horn
(
Pirinen 1954, vii–xii
).
I: 6284a
Fols. , from the court session in
Juva
(
26 January 1559
) to the session in
Pellosniemi
(
6 March 1559
) (edited in
Pirinen 1954, 3–19
).
Anno etc. 59 then 25 [pro 26] januarij hult jak Jesper Segffredszonn vintter ting medh almogen affh Jokas soken ... Anno etc. 59 then 6 dag marcij ... aff Pelliisznemi ... ... Anders Anders[son] Toijffon, Sijluester Mickan.
Fol. , court records from
Juva
, from a session probably held between
1556
and
1566
when
Jesper Sigfridsson
was
Claes Christersson
’s substitute (edited in
Pirinen 1954, 19
).
Kom för rette Poual Hercken ... Joan Hertugan, Per Kamalann.
II: 6312b
Fols. , from the session at
Pellosniemi
(
September 1561
) to the session in
Tavinsalmi
(
13 September 1561
) (
edited in Pirinen 1954, 23–35
).
Dömdis 4 men emillam Per Soijkan ... (4r empty) Anno etc. 61 then 7 septembriis ... Vesulax socken ... Anno etc. 61 then 13 septembriis ... aff Taffhuisalm ... ... Bertiil Keszon oc Laurens Hutton.
(fols. , , and are empty).
III: 6345a
Fol. 1, records from the session at
Rantasalmi
(
January 1562
) (edited in
Pirinen 1954, 41–42
)
Anno etc 1562 then 15 januarij ... Randasalm ... ... epter 12 man ransakan.
Fol. 2, records from the session at
Juva
(
26 April 1562
) (edited in
Pirinen 1954, 44
)
Anno etc. 62 then 6 apriiliis ... Jokas soken ... ... epter 12 men ransacan.
IV: 6379a
Fols. , records from the session at
Sääminki
(probably
March 1565
) to the session at
Vesulahti
(
12 March 1565
) (edited in
Pirinen 1954, 217–229
).
Dömdis Anders Rottin sac tiill 3 mc ... ... Semingh fierdung ... Anno etc. 65 then 12 martiij ... Vesulax soken ... ... Laurens Hostar, Anders Liuckon, Niclis Reijniken.
Paper
18 (6284a) + 17 (6312b) + 2 (6345a) + 10 (6379a) folios
20,5cm × 30cm
The folia were at some point arranged in incorrect sequence as can be seen from the microfilms, which were made in
the first half of the 20
th
century
and are located at the National Archives. The sequence has since been corrected and the leaves refoliated.
Foliation in pencil (all numbers between 412 and 605) in the upper right-hand corners of recto-sides. Younger foliation in ink, which does not follow the older. Probably added as the leaves were rebound. The folia are now arranged in the order reconstructed in Pirinen’s (1954) edition. Items 6284a, 6345a and 6379a have been refoliated in red crayon in the upper margin before the latest binding (see
Pirinen 1954, xviii
). They also have a stamped or typewritten foliation in the lower margin.
Apart from 6312b, which is bound as a IX-1 quire; the fragments consists of leaves pasted as singletons into modern guardbooks.
The fragments are arranged in four separate volumes. The leaves are frayed along the edges, often somewhat dirty, and show signs of water damage.
Number of lines varies; no ruling.
Several hands, writing varieties of
16th-cent.
cursive. The same scribes also appear in a related manuscript (
the Dombok för Savolax, 1563–1564, now Vaasa, Provincial Archives of Vaasa, Savo Judicial Province Archives CA:1
) (cf.
Pirinen 1954, xiii–xvii
): hand 1 is quite probably
Jesper Sigfridsson
himself (see his signature in
Helsinki, National Archives, Older account book series, 6258, fol. 18v
); it predominates in the Dombok för Savolax and is the only hand to appear on 6284a; it also appears in the other fragments. Hand 2 appears in 6312b, 6379a and in the Dombok för Savolax; the scribe may be one of the
Viipuri
castle scribes, possibly
Lars Andersson
who often attended court sessions. Hand 3 is in 6312b at Juva, fol. ; hand 4 is only at
Rantasalmi
, in 6345a.
Not decorated; the layout serves merely practical purposes, and rubrics are not distinguished in any way.
Four separate volumes in modern cardboard bindings.
The fragments contain records of court sessions held in
Savo
in the
1550s and 1560s
. That the fragments once belonged together is suggested by the presence of the same hands in several of them, as well as the foliation, which ranges from 412 to 605. The reports were probably prepared when the court was in session or soon after. One of the scribes was probably Judge
Jesper Sigfridsson
himself. The fragments are also related to the manuscript containing records of courts sessions held in 1563–1564 (
Vaasa, Provincial Archives of Vaasa, Savo Judicial Province Archives CA:1. Dombok för Savolax 1563–1564
), which features several scribes also appearing in these fragments.
How the fragments ended up in the National Archives is uncertain. The fragments were erroneously arranged as parts of the Older account book series during the tenure of State Archivist
J. W. Ruuth
. They do not seem to have belonged in the series when transferred from the
Swedish National Archives
in
1810
. They may have come to the present
National Archives
in the collection of
W. G. Lagus
, the scholar, thief and collector, in
1911
, but there is no positive evidence for this (
Pirinen 1954, v
).
Archival markings in brown ink: 6284a, fol. : ‘No. 1’, fol. : ‘31’; 6312b, fol. : ‘No. 2’; 6379a, fol. : ‘No. 7’. This suggests that the materials were catalogued when still unbound folia.
The fragments derive from the same material as
Vaasa, The Provincial Archives, Savolax judiciary district archives CA:1, ‘Dombok för Savolax 1563–1564’
.
K. Pirinen (ed.),
Savon Tuomiokirjat 1559 ja 1561–1565,
(Suomen vanhimmat tuomiokirjat vol. I), Helsinki 1954.
Cataloguer
Jesse Keskiaho
Ville Walta
Finnish Literature Society (SKS)
Codices Fennici
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