Axel Spens, L.B., of Sweden (1626-1661)

Axel Spens, L.B., was the son of James Spens of Wormiston and his second wife, Margaretta Forrat. He was born in 1626. At the age of 13 he matriculated at Uppsala University in 1639 with his little brother Jacob. The letters L.B. are printed after their names. In 1654 Spens became a cavalry officer with Hammarskjolds recruited dragoon regiment. He was promoted to major in 1656 but was captured in Poland and died that year. He married Sofia Rytter (Reuter) and they had three daughters, Cathrina Margareta, Sofia and Virginia. He also had a son, Jacob who became Count Spens. Sophia Spens was still known as his widow by 17 March 1661.

Sources: Riksarkivets ämnessamlingar. Personhistoria: https://sok.riksarkivet.se/bildvisning/A0073861_00080#?c=&m=&s=&cv=79&xywh=3178%2C-119%2C3123%2C1801

Correspondence from or about his widow Sophia is found in: https://sok.riksarkivet.se/bildvisning/A0073861_00095#?c=&m=&s=&cv=94&xywh=953%2C2039%2C2605%2C1502

https://sok.riksarkivet.se/bildvisning/A0073861_00116#?c=&m=&s=&cv=115&xywh=2209%2C1623%2C4496%2C2593

https://sok.riksarkivet.se/bildvisning/A0073861_00346#?c=&m=&s=&cv=345&xywh=3493%2C2213%2C2113%2C1219

Correspondence signed by he, his brother Jacob and his step-father, Colonel Higo Hamilton is here: https://sok.riksarkivet.se/bildvisning/A0073861_00397#?c=&m=&s=&cv=396&xywh=2706%2C67%2C3648%2C2104

Swedish Krigsarkiv, KRIGSKOLL FULLMAKT 1655 26.3; Swedish Riksarkiv, Riksarkivets Ämbetsarkiv, Huvudarkivet FV a:31-32 Ang. Skottar i Svensk tjänst, notes compiled by Hammerskjöld.

T. Fischer, The Scots in Sweden (Edinburgh, 1907), pp.215-267; Svenska Adelns Ättartavlor, vol. 7, p.429; Andersson et al, Uppsala Universitets Matrikel, (Uppsala, 1900-1911).

Service record:

SWEDENUPPSALA
Arrived 1639-01-01
Departed 1639-12-31
Capacity STUDENT, purpose ACADEMIC
SWEDENHAMMARSKJOLD’S DRAGOON
Arrived 1654-01-01, as CAVALRY MASTER
Departed 1656-12-31, as MAJOR
Capacity OFFICER, purpose MILITARY

Source: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/history/ssne/item.php?id=1643