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Pier Gerlofs Donia

Pier Gerlofs Donia[1]

Male 1480 - 1520  (40 years)

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  • Name Pier Gerlofs Donia 
    Born 1480  Kimswerd, Friesland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As Grutte Pier, Pierius Magnus, Grote Pier  [1
    Died 28 Oct 1520  Sneek, Friesland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Also known as Grutte Pier, Pierius Magnus. a Friesian folk hero. Fought the Hollander and Burgundians. Allied himself with Karel van Gelre to fight for Friesian freedom. This is “Grote Pier,” a farmer from Kimsweerd near Harlingen who after his village was destroyed joined the “vrijbuitersscharen” (a piracy group) and was their leader during the rule of Hertog Karel van Gelre in the beginning of the 16th century. He played a great role fighting the ships who traveled the Zuiderzee ( today it is called het IJsselmeer) He was very active in 1517 when he attacked ships in the area of the Westfriese coast and put the Gelderse forces on land in Medemblik. On the 11th of August in a fight on the sea near Hoorn he overtook 11 Dutch ships, took possession and plundered Hoorn. He fought with confidence for the freedom of Friesland but left the fight when he realized that the Gelderse government would not bring freedom. He died on the 18th of October 1520 in Sneek as a passive citizen. He had two children: Gerlof, born ca. 1495, died young; and Wobble, born ca. 1500. She was married 3 times. (1) Dominicus Pybes, (2) Seerp Sypens, (3) Sijerck Douwes. She died March 14, 1571 with notation: “honeste matrona Wobble Syrcks wijff” [1]
    Person ID I2446  Mohr-Whalen | Blood relatives of Brad Mohr
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2010 

    Father Gerlof Piers
              b. 1454, Kimswerd, Friesland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Fokel Sybrants Bonga
              b. 1454, Kimswerd, Friesland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1524  (Age 70 years) 
    Family ID F1716  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rints Siersma
              b. 1484, Kimswerd, Friesland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 27 Apr 2017 21:18:11 
    Family ID F1725  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Pier Gerlofs Donia (Grutte Pier)

  • Sources 
    1. [S140] Ancestors of Lieuwkje Sikkes BANGMA, linda at praamsma dot org.
    2. [S141] Idskje’s Genealogie, Idskje Smits.