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Birger Magnusson (aft. 1207 - 1266)

Birger "Birger Jarl" Magnusson
Born after in Bjälbo, Östergötland, Sverigemap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1235 in Bjälbo, Ostergotland, Swedenmap
Husband of — married 1261 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Jälbolung, Västergötland, Sverigemap
Profile last modified | Created 20 May 2011
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Språkliga förändringar gör att man i äldre källor även hittar Birger stavat som Birghir tex och han har också blivit kallad Börje. Även ordet jarl har stavats på olika sätt, två exempel är "jerl" och "järl" som återfinns i äldre källor. Birger Jarl som smeknamn är nog den standard man använder i modern svenska.

Att inneha titeln Jarl innebar att man var statsman och styresman över det tidiga Sverige.

Han är omnämnd första gången 1237. Birger sägs också vara den som grundat Stockholm år 1252.

Mellan åren 1248 och 1266 hade Birger Magnusson titeln "Jarl" och uppträdde informellt som förmyndare för sin son kung Valdemar från 1250 tills denne kröntes 1251 och sedan delade makten med sonen till sin död 1266.


European Aristocracy
Birger Magnusson was a member of the aristocracy in Sweden.


Although "Jarl" is really a title he is in most literature known as "Birger Jarl", using jarl as a byname. Alternate spellings from older sources might be Birge jerl and/or Börje järl.


Birger is the son of Magnus "Minnesköld" Bengtsson and his wife Ingrid Ylva.

Spouse(s) and children

His oldest son Gregers (1230's - 1276) was born out of wedlock but was recognised and raised as a legitimate son.[1] Gregers is the ancestor of the house that would be known as "Folkungaättens oäkta gren" (the illegitimate branch of Folkunga).

Birger's first wife was Ingeborg Eriksdotter (possibly married about 1235–1237, at least before 1241). She was the sister of king Erik Eriksson (Erik XI, the Lisp and Lame). Together they had eight children.[1]

When Ingeborg died Birger married Mechtild of Holstein in 1261. She was the widow of the Danish king Abel Valdemarsson.[1] Older Swedish literature mentions daughters of this marriage but it is, by some historians, considered more or less a misunderstanding.

Death and Burial

Birger died in 1266 and was buried in the church of Varnhem.[1]


From 1248 and until his death Birger held the title of Jarl[1] (earl), which meant that he was the king's right-hand man.[2] When king Erik Eriksson "Läspe och Halte" died in 1250 his sister's son Valdemar, the oldest son of Birger Jarl in his first marriage, was elected king. Birger was, however, the one who ruledas regent of Sweden and did so all his life.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Henrik Roelvink, Riddarholmens kyrka och kloster (Stockholm: Veritas Förlag, 2008)
  2. Wikipedia-bidragsgivare, "Jarl," Wikipedia, , // (hämtad november 8, 2016).

See also:

Citations [S16] Jirí Louda and Michael MacLagan, Lines of Succession: Heraldry of the Royal Families of Europe, 2nd edition (London, U.K.: Little, Brown and Company, 1999), table 24. Hereinafter cited as Lines of Succession. [S1916] Tim Boyle, "re: Boyle Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 16 September 2006. Hereinafter cited as "re: Boyle Family." [S16] Louda and MacLagan, Lines of Succession, table 27.

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Malmström, Helena; Vretemark, Maria; Tillmar, Andreas; Durling, Mikael Brandström; Skoglund, Pontus; Gilbert, M. Thomas P.; Willerslev, Eske; Holmlund, Gunilla et al. (2012). "Finding the founder of Stockholm – A kinship study based on Y-chromosomal, autosomal and mitochondrial DNA". Annals of Anatomy - Anatomischer Anzeiger 194 (1): 138–145. doi:10.1016/j.aanat.2011.03.014. ISSN 09409602.
posted by Peter Roberts
Folkkungaätten-1 and Magnusson-193 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate, estimated dates due to lack of sources that go that far back.
Magnusson av Bjälbo och Folkungaätten-1 and Magnusson-193 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate, same name of wife, same place of birth where dates are estimated due to sources not going back that far. Needs to be merged.
posted by [Living Sälgö]
Bjelbo-2 and Magnusson-193 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate + Bjelbo has hardly any info.
Magnusson Folkungaatt-1 and Magnusson-193 appear to represent the same person because: This is clear duplicate where one profile has been misnamed with Folkungaatt.

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