AunsbjergDanmarks Adelsårbog xx1903 s289
Erik Christoffersen Løvenbalk.
Løvenbalk, jysk uradelsslægt (Jutland ancient nobility)whose ancestor Erik Christoffersøn - who is not known from primary sources - was the fruit of king Christoffer II's relationsship with a lady of the ancient nobility family Lunge (Mette /Inge?) Lunge. Erik Christoffersøn's sons were Niels (earliest 1377) and Johan Eriksen, who in 1343 sealed with a coat of arms showing a walking blue lion above two golden beams. Niels Løvenbalk was the father of ridder Jens Nielsen (+ 1442) of Aunsbjerg and Odsgård, who was great-grandfather of ridder Mogens Lauridsen Løvenbalk (+ 1536) of Tjele, who maybe was married to Genete Jacobsdatter Craigenfelt (Cragengelt) (+ 1567) "The Scottish Woman", with whom he had the son Knud Mogensen Løvenbalk (+ after 1598) of Kellerup with whom the family died out. Jens Nielsen Løvenbalk (+ 1442) of Aunsbjerg, rigsråd, died 1. February 1442, buried at Gråbrødrekirken in Viborg, his parents were Niels Eriksen Løvenbalk (+ earliest 1377) and Sophie Johansdatter Rantzau. Married to Ellen Munk, a daughter of Peder Munk (+ earliest 1367) of Holbækgård. In 1424 Jens Nielsen Løvenbalk said that he was 80 years of age and had been rigsråd for 40 years; this information is hardly true, in the kept documentary material he is first mentioned in 1396, and at that time he was still væbner. The same year he became landsdommner in Nørrejylland, and he kept this important office for a generation. At the king's election in 1397 he was ridder and member of rigsrådet, and from this time his name is often seen in the official and private documents of that time. He became especially wellknown when he in 1405 had to pay a humiliating and costy penance for his killing the Jutland nobleman Jens Jensen Brock of Clausholm. It seems though that he quickly re-gained his respected position. Still in 1424 he was one of the first secular magnates, who gave evidence in the kejserprocessen (emperor process) about Sønderjylland, and the same year he participated in settling the feud between queen Philippa and bishop Ulrik of Århus about the inheritance after his predecessor bishop Bo.After this time his name is seldom seen, probably caused by his high age. He and his wife's unusual large gravestone (a portrait stone), which according to an untrue tradition was Hans Tausen's rostrum at the first Lutheranian sermon in Viborg, was in 1786 moved to Hinge, where the original inscription was removed; in 1835 it was brought back to Viborg and placed in the garden Hans Tausen's Minde After Thiset's Danish text: grethe bachmannDansk Biografisk Lexicon, Carl Frederik BrickaProject Runeberg. Jens Nielsen Løvenbalk and Ellen Pedersdatter Munk's daughter Marine Jensdatter Løvenbalk was married to Jens Kaas of Kaas. (mt. 1408-29). see Kaas-family Tjele Løvenbalk, Mogens Lauridsen, - ab. 1536, of Tjele, ridder, son of Laurids Mogensen Løvenbalk of Tjele and Maren Bille, a sister of bishop Ove Bille. He was in 1523 endowed with Nørlyng herred and was in 1525 in Scotland, where he as Frederik I's messenger worked against Christian II. In 1529 he participated as skibschef/captain in Mogens Gyldenstiern'es expedition to Akershus. He is mostly known for his relationship to Genete Cragengelt "the Scottish Woman at Tjele". He died ab. 1536, and Tjele came to his sister Maren Lauridsdatter in her marriage to Erik Skram, since Mogen's children with Genete were not accepted as legitimate. After A. Heises Danish text: grethe bachmann Cragengelt, Genete Jacobsdatter, -- 1567, was a Scottish lady of nobility, related to the counts of Montrose, she came to Denmark together with ridder Mogens Lauridsen Løvenbalk of Tjele, who had been in Scotland as an envoy for Frederik I. He had two children with her, a son and a daughter, but it seems that he treated her only as a slegfredviv/mistress. She was not present at his table, and at his death in 1536 he left her a considerable fortune in personal property, but handed over Tjele to Erik Skram, who was married to his sister. First in 1557 the son, Knud Mogensen, tried to prove with a deposition from Skotland that his parents were married 31. August 1525 in Robert Barton's house in Leith - a strange place for an envoy of Frederik I, since Robert Barton was an eager follower of Christian II. The verdict was against Knud Mogensen, maybe because he had not claimed his inheritance on time, and Tjele remained as Erik Skram's estate. Later Knud achieved good statements about the about the validity of the marriage from the Universities in Wittenberg and Copenhagen, and at Frederik III's intervention Erik Skram's children allowed in 1571 Knud Mogensen to use the coat of arms of Løvenbalk. Genete had however died in 1567, she had bought Harlevholm in Framlev herred and married a civil man,Hans Skriver. She is buried in Harlev kirke and is at the gravestone called an "ærlig og velbyrdig Frue " (an honest and noble lady), but none of her husbands are mentioned. Allen, breve og aktstk. til Christ. II's og Fred. I's Hist. I, 368, Danske herregaarde VIII: Tjele. Rørdam, Kbhvns Universitets Hist. 1537-1621 II, 39 ff. Hist. Tidsskr. 5. R. I, 414 ff. After A. Heises Danish text: grethe bachmann Dansk Biografisk Lexicon, Carl Frederik BrickaProject Runeberg.