Ghijsbrecht Dorland van Nijenrode

Male 1370 - 1455  (85 years)

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  • Name Ghijsbrecht Dorland van Nijenrode 
    Born 1370 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1455 
    Person ID I1567  Database
    Last Modified 26 Dec 2015 

    Father Gijsbrecht II van Nijenrode,   b. 1345,   d. 1396  (Age 51 years) 
    Family ID F687  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Spouse ,   d. Yes, date unknown 
     1. Jan Gijsberts van Dorlandt,   b. 1402,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 26 Dec 2015 
    Family ID F686  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Ghijsbrecht Dorland van Nijenrode (1370-1455)
      Ghijsbrecht was an illegitimate child of Gijsbrecht II with an unknown woman. Since Gijsbrecht II fully recognized him as his own son, and since he grew up at the castle with Gijsbrecht's other children, we might speculate that the mother also lived there. Possibly a servant?

      For his 21st birthday, his father gave him (on St. Elisabeth day) 8 morgen of land (=17 acres) in the village of Langerak, near Sliedrecht(Rotterdam).

      Around Easter time in 1419, when he was 49 and worked for John van Egmond (the attorney for Bishop and Count John of Bavaria), he raided and robbed (on the river Lek), several burghers from Utrecht and took them prisoner. A year earlier, in 1418, John of Bavaria (uncle of Jacoba van Beieren, who was then only 17) had conquered Rotterdam.
      There always was a power struggle between the Bishop of Utrecht and other leaders. It is not clear why some people from Utrecht would be onthe river Lek in the Rotterdam area, but for one reason or another Ghijsbrecht took them prisoner.
      Read the full story of the Hook and Cod wars under the bottom link onthe webpage.

      Ghijsbrecht's children, who did not live at the Nijenrode castle, dropped the name van Nijenrode and just went by the name van Dorland.

      Family Chart:
      Gijsbrecht VAN DORLANDT Marr.
      X X
      1.Willem VAN DORLANDT, born: Abt. 1400
      2.Jan Gijsberts VAN DORLANDT, born: Abt. 1402 . Marr. - -, X X, born:Abt. 1415
      1.Jan Jans (1440)
      (See nr. 70.912)
      3.Dirck VAN DORLANDT, born: Abt. 1405
      4.Geertruijt VAN DORLAND, born: Abt. 1410