Birger Magnusson

Birger Magnusson (abt. 1208 - 1266)

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Birger "Jarl" Magnusson aka Regent of Sweden
Born about in Bjälbo, Östergotland, Swedenmap [uncertain]
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Husband of — married in Bjälbo, Ostergotland, Swedenmap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
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Died in Jälbolung, Västergötland, Swedenmap
Profile last modified | Created 20 May 2011 | Last significant change: 9 Dec 2018
15:58: Maggie Andersson added an unmerged match of Folkkungaätten-1 and Magnusson-193. [Thank Maggie for this]
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Birgir Folkunga, Jarl of Sweden d. 1266

Birgir Folkunga, Jarl of Sweden was the son of Magnus Minneskold Bengttsson Folkunga and Ingrid Ylva Sunesdottir.2 He married Ingeborg Eriksdottir, daughter of Erik X Knutsson, King of Sweden and Rikisa Valdemarsdottir, Princess of Denmark, circa 1240.3 He married Matilda von Schauenberg, daughter of Adolf IV von Schauenberg Graf von Holstein and Hedwig von der Lippe, in 1261.3 He died in 1266.3 He was also known as Birger Magnusson. He held the office of Regent of Sweden. He gained the title of Reichsverweser of Sweden. He gained the title of Jarl of Sweden.1 He held the office of Regent of Sweden in 1251.3 Children of Birgir Folkunga, Jarl of Sweden and Ingeborg Eriksdottir Catherine Folkunga+3 Rixa Folkunga+1 Magnus I Ladulas, King of Sweden+3 b. 1240, d. 1290 Valdemar, King of Sweden+3 b. 1243, d. 1302 Bengt Folkunga, Duke of Finland3 b. 1254, d. 1291


Birger was the son of Magnus Bengtsson and his wife Ylva Sunesdotter.[citation needed]


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]


Gregers (1230's - 1276) was Birger's oldest son, born out of wedlock but was recognised and raised as a legitimate son.[1]

Birger's first wife was Ingeborg Eriksdotter and she was the sister of king Erik Eriksson (Erik XI, the Lisp and Lame). Together they had eight children.[1]

Ingeborg died and Birger married Mechtild of Holstein in 1261. She had been married to the Danish king Abel Valdemarsson but become a widow.[1]

Death and Burial

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



a) INGEBORG Eriksdotter (-1254). Her marriage is confirmed by a charter dated 4 Nov 1246 in which “Ericus…rex Swethie” names “domino Birgero genero nostro”[156]. The primary source which confirms her name has not yet been identified. m ([1235]) BIRGER Magnuson Jarl, Regent of Sweden, son of MAGNUS "Minnesköld" [Folkungaätten] & his second wife Ingrid [Ylva] ([1200]-20/21 Oct 1266, bur Varnhem Abbey).


  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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On 5 Aug 2017 at 09:07 GMT C (Sälgö) S wrote:


On 3 Dec 2016 at 08:31 GMT Lena (Johansson) Svensson wrote:

Bjelbo-2 and Magnusson-193 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate + Bjelbo has hardly any info.

On 31 May 2016 at 16:35 GMT Lena (Johansson) Svensson wrote:

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.

Birger is 32 degrees from Rosa Parks, 28 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 16 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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