Frederik Krag

Frederik Krag (6 March 1655 – 24 September 1728) was a Danish nobleman (Baron) and senior civil servant who served kings Frederick IV and Frederick V. He was Governor-General of Norway from 1713 until 1722. He is not fondly remembered in Norway due to his attempts to subordinate the farmers there in a similar level of service to that which was common in Denmark of the period.[1][2]

Early life

He was born 6 March 1655 in Flensburg, Schleswig, Denmark (now Schleswig-Holstein, Germany).

Civil service

Frederik Krag began his government service by serving from 1675 through 1678 with the Danish delegation in Paris and later in Nijmegen for the negotiations among the European powers that aimed to put an end to the constant warfare that had ravaged the continent for years. The result was the Treaty of Nijmegen signed in 1678, which failed to provide for a lasting peace.[1]

Upon returning to Copenhagen he attended the Danish queen for several years (as a Kammerjunker), rising to master of ceremonies. It was during this period that he married Baroness Juel.[2]

In 1684 he proceeded to the Dutch Republic, remaining there as ambassador until 1688.[2]

He became governor of the Diocese of Viborg and was the magistrate in Hald municipality from 1695-1713. He served as Governor-General of Norway from 1713 until 1722.[2]

Frederik Krag was named a Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog, in 1708, and in 1712 he was elevated to counselor of the Danish realm (geheimeråd).[2]

Family

His father Erik Krag (1620–72) served as Supreme Secretary of the Danish chancery and his mother Vibeke Pallesdatter Rosenkrantz (died in 1708) was of the Danish-noble Rosenkrantz line dating back to Knight Neils Rosenkrantz in 1341.[1]

Krag was married three times to women from noble families.

He first married Baroness Hedevig Eleonore Juel, the daughter of Baron Jens Juel and niece of Admiral Niels Juel, in 1683. She died in childbirth in 1685.[2]

His second marriage was with Charlotte Amalie Griffenfeld, the daughter of the Lord Chancellor, Count Peder Griffenfeld in November 1690 in Copenhagen.[2]

His third marriage was to 19-year old Stainless Krag in 1705; she survived his death and died in 1755.[1]

References

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