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Väderkvarnen från Täktom - ett landmärke för vårt museiområde

Väderkvarnen i trä på Hertonäs gårds museums område står ståtligt synlig mot den livligt trafikerade Borgbyggarvägen i Hertonäs. Väderkvarnen har flyttats hit från Täktom år 1922, då man också beslöt börja flytta byggnaderna från Knusbacka till området från Box i Sibbo. Läs mer nedan!Läs mera »
Eva Ahl-Waris
09.04.2021 kl. 19:50

Tuulimylly Täktomista - museoalueemme maamerkki

Herttoniemen kartanon museon alueella oleva puinen tuulimylly seisoo komeasti näköetäisyydessä läheiseltä vilkkaalta  Linnanrakentajantieltä Herttoniemessä. Tuulimylly on siirretty tänne Täktomista vuonna 1922, jolloin päätettiin siirtää myös Knusbackan rakennukset tänne Sipoon Boxista. Lue lisää alla! Läs mera »
Eva Ahl-Waris
09.04.2021 kl. 19:46

The windmill from Täktom - On of the Symbols for our Museum

The wooden windmill at Hertonäs Manor Museum’s area is impressively visible next to the lively road Linnanrakentajantie in Herttoniemi. The windmill was moved here from Täktom in 1922, at the same time when it was decided to start moving the buildings from Knusbacka in Box in Sipoo here too. Read more below! Läs mera »
Eva Ahl-Waris
09.04.2021 kl. 19:26

Punschbål - skål!

Officerare och viceamiraler, borgare och herrgårdsägare - samt modernt museifolk - har något gemensamt sedan 1700-talet: de har gillat och avnjutit punsch. I Hertonäs gårds museums samlingar finns flera föremål som anknyter till denna guldgula alkoholdryck som nådde vårt land tack vare den globala handeln. Till exempel viceamiral Cronstedts föremål vittnar om att denna dryck var populär i slutet av 1700-talet och början av 1800-talet. Läs mer nedan! Läs mera »
Eva Ahl-Waris
28.03.2021 kl. 19:12

Punssiboolia - ja skoolia!

Upseereilla ja vara-amiraaleilla, porvareilla ja kartanonomistajilla - sekä modernilla museoväellä - on jotain yhteistä 1700-luvulta lähtien: olemme kaikki nauttineet punssia. Herttoniemen kartanon museon kokoelmissa on lukuisia esineitä, jotka liittyvät tähän kullankeltaiseen alkoholijuomaan, joka saapui maahamme kansainvälisen kaupan välityksellä. Esimerkiksi vara-amiraali Cronstedtin esineistö kielii tämän juoman suosiosta 1700-luvun lopulla ja 1800-luvun alussa. Lue lisää alla! Läs mera »
Eva Ahl-Waris
28.03.2021 kl. 19:08

A Bowl of Punch - Cheers!

Officers and vice admirals, burgers and landowners - as well as the employees in modern museums - all have something in common since the 18th century: we all love the liquor punch. In the collections of Hertonäs manor museum many objects relate to this golden alcohol that reach our country via the global trade. For example several things owned by vice admiral Cronstedt tells about the popularity of this beverage in the late 18th century and early 19th century. Read more below! Läs mera »
Eva Ahl-Waris
28.03.2021 kl. 18:55

Ett medeltida kvinnoöde i Finland: “Margareta i Härtonäs”

I slutet av medeltiden fanns några frälsegods i Helsinge socken (kallad Helsinga vid denna tid), däribland i Hertonäs. Helsinge sockens område har sedermera blivit städerna Helsingfors och Vanda. Frälset kom senare att bilda den så kallade adeln. Bland idel män som kommer från Hertonäs nämns även ibland någon enstaka kvinna. Läs mer om “Margareta i Härtonäs” nedan! Läs mera »
Eva Ahl-Waris
08.03.2021 kl. 12:08

Keskiaikainen naiskohtalo Suomessa: “Härtönäsin Margareta”

Keskiajan lopulla Helsingin (siihen aikaan Helsingaksi kutsutussa) pitäjässä oli muutama rälssitila, muun muassa Herttoniemessä. Helsingin pitäjän alue on sittemmin jaettu nykyisten Helsingin ja Vantaan kaupunkien välillä. Rälssi muodosti myöhemmin niin kutsutun aatelin. Monen herttoniemestä peräisin olevan miehen ohessa muutama nainen mainitaan silloin tällöin. Lue lisää “Härtonäsin Margaretasta” alla! Läs mera »
Eva Ahl-Waris
08.03.2021 kl. 12:01

A Medieval Female Fate in Finland: “Margareta in Härtonäs”

In the late Middle Ages Helsinge (that was called Helsinga back then) parish held a few noble estates, in Herttoniemi among others. Helsinge parish has later been divided between the cities Helsinki and Vantaa. Beside many men that have come from Herttoniemi there also occur a few women. Read more about “Margareta in Härtonäs” below! Läs mera »
Eva Ahl-Waris
08.03.2021 kl. 11:40

Abraham Wetters väg finns i Hertonäs - vem var han?

Abraham Wetter (ca 1690-1737) föddes omkring år 1690 i Stockholm men kom att växa upp och verka i Helsingfors. Han var ägare till Hertonäs gård på 1730-talet och avancerade till borgmästare i Helsingfors under den svåra tiden av återuppbyggnad efter Stora ofreden (1700-21). Läs mer om honom nedan!Läs mera »
Eva Ahl-Waris
27.02.2021 kl. 17:56

A Medieval Female Fate in Finland: “Margareta in Härtonäs”

08.03.2021 kl. 11:40
In the late Middle Ages Helsinge (that was called Helsinga back then) parish held a few noble estates, in Herttoniemi among others. Helsinge parish has later been divided between the cities Helsinki and Vantaa. Beside many men that have come from Herttoniemi there also occur a few women. Read more about “Margareta in Härtonäs” below!

From the early Middle Ages to 1809 Finland was a part of the Swedish Realm. In the 13th century new colonists probably moved to the Finnish coast from Sweden. The eastern part of the realm was time by time more integrated in the realm. In the late 15th century there were noble estates also in Herttoniemi. The nobles were freed from taxes and could accumulate wealth. 


An ideal late medieval woman? Jan Van Eyck: Portrait of the Arnolfini couple (detail),15th C. Wikimedia commons.

There are not many sources about Herttoniemi from the Middle Ages. I praxis the medieval families lived like wealthy farmers in the villages and on the estates in Herttoniemi. People mainly farmed the land, held farm animals and went fishing. The oldest village in Herttoniemi is most likely situated near the present Asentajanpuisto. The parcels were probably filled with wooden houses and buildings for the livestock. The area was close to the Big Coastal Road that stretched from Turku to Viipuri. This is also a strategic place from which the searoutes and bays can be controlled. 

Asentajanpuisto in Helsinki.
Asentajanpuisto in Herttoniemi (Helsinki). Photo: Arto Alanenpää - CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia commons.

The role of the wife in the household was mostly to be in charge of the housetasks, see that the livestock was cared for and all the people living and working here was fed. The household included the family, possible relatives and all the servants. In the middle of the 14th century a certain Margareta is mentioned to be from Herttoniemi (Hertonäs). She might have been born around the year 1424. “Margareta in Härtonäs” married Lasse in Gästerby (in Sipoo) and they had three children: Peder Larsson, Erik Larsson and Margareta Larsdotter. At this time they did not use surnames, but rather patronyms. The daughter to “Margareta in Härtonäs”, Margareta Larsdotter , later married Lars Mattson in Sarvlax. In the late 15th century Lars was relieved from taxes (became a noble) for his property in Sarvlax and thus Margareta from Hertonäs became the “forgrandmother” to the noble family Creutz that owned Sarvlax manor up to the 18th C. Today the family still own Malmgård manor that is neighbour to Sarvlax (in the present Pernaja). Margareta (Margarete, Greta, Margit, Mariette) was a common name in Helsinga in the Medieval period and Saint Margaret of Antioch (maiden and martyr, d. 304) was a popular saint all over the Baltic region. 


Saint Margarete of Antioch. Public domain, Wikimedia commons.

From time to time “Margareta in Härtonäs” is believed to be a member of the family Jägerhorn. The noble family Jägerhorn lived in Herttoniemi (possibly) already from the late Middle Ages to the late 17th century. This is why different people easily could get mixed as they derived from the same place. It is still probable that “Margareta in Härtonäs” is not related to the family Jägerhorn. Her parents are unknown. But it is possible that Margareta could have belonged to the elite in the area, because Herttoniemi most probably was noble land already in the Medieval period. 

Herttoniemi or Hertonäs in Swedish, is mentioned in the sources for the first time in 1405 (about two decades before Margareta was possibly born): a lay judge in Porvoo’s court of law is called “Laurens Hertoghe”, possibly based on his home. The word (Swe. hertig = duke) is still a common surname in this era and it is at least not referring to the Swedish word either, but it could refer to a man of wealth, a “common duke”. Still the surname could be a relict from two centuries earlier when royalties such as dukes probably led the colonisation of the Finnish coast. 

In 1555-56 Hertugenäs is clearly mentioned as a noble estate that belonged to a man named Matz Mortenson, sir Karl (the vicar of the parish that most probably had inherited his lot from his father) and the widow Walborg. What more did occur to them in the time of king Gustavus Vasa? -We will write more about that another time. 

Sources:
Backman, Sigbritt 2016: Hertonäs gård - från säterier till museum. SOV: Helsingfors. 
Margareta, i Härtonäs, Geni public profile, (last seen 7.3.2020).
Salminen, Tapio 2015: Medeltiden i Vanda och Helsinga socken. Red. Eva Ahl-Waris, Andreas Koivisto & Tapio Salminen. Vanda stad: Vanda.


 
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