Terkel Klevenveldt

male / Danish
He was a compulsory collector e.g. of manuscripts, 350 painted portraits, dolls in the national dress of Norway, minerals of the north etc. etc.
Copenhagen 1710-08/1710-08-25
baptized 25 August 1710
Copenhagen 1777-04-14
buried in the church of the Holy Trinity
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son of Peder Iversen Klevenfeldt, merchant, and Anne Sørensdatter Fohrmann (died 1744), who was the widow of brewer Ole Jørgensen Høiby and thereby got a brewery on Nørregade. In 1712 his mother got her divorce and married to Hans Lauritzen Ursin (ca. 1682-1757), who now took over the brewery, but who in addition became procurator at all courts in Denmark (1719) and later rose to fiscal general and Supreme Court Assessor.
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  • Kopenhagen 1728
    He grew up in the wealthy home of his stepfather; became a student in 1728 (privately graduated) and took the bachelor's degree the following year. The fire of Copenhagen in 1728, however, had deprived the family of its prosperity, and Klevenfeldt, whose interests went in the historical direction, and who probably would have preferred to live for them alone, had to look to take office. In 1734 he was appointed secretary of the Danish Chancellery, in 1737 he was secretary of justice in the Supreme Court.
  • Göttingen (Niedersachsen) 1741 - 1745
    For health reasons he made an almost 4-year trip abroad (1741-45). On this, which became much more than a health journey, he first went to to Germany, where he heard lectures in Göttingen.
  • Noordelijke Nederlanden (hist. regio) 1741 - 1745
  • Parijs 1741 - 1745
    long stay in Paris
  • Engeland 1741 - 1745
    He kept a detailed diary during his travels, now to be found in Copenhagen University Library.
  • Kopenhagen 1745 - 1777
    beginning of 1745, he joined the just founded Royal Danish Society for the History of the Fatherland (founder his friend Jacob Langebek ). His passion however lay in the field of the genealogy of the Danish nobility. He amassed enormeous amounts of data in this field and summoned e.g. the copper engraver Georg Wilhelm Baurenfeind from Nuremberg to ilustrate his studies. In 1747 he became councilor of justice; the same year he was exalted in the nobility by the name of Klevenfeldt, an honor which, according to his own statement, took place without any previous step on his part; In 1748 he was one of the men who, after Hans Gram's death, handed over the Secret Archive to his successor, Langebek; In 1750, at the suggestion of his friend, he was admitted to the Society of Sciences; In 1751 he became chairman of a legal company; In 1760 he was appointed State Councilor (1767 Real State Councilor), in 1768 Conference Councilor. As a compulsive collector, he started to neglect his duties (with which he earned his salary) and started to become bitter, feel misunderstood and wronged. He lost friendships over it (Langebek) and also got into serious debt. In 1771 he was dismissed from his posts at court, though with a golden handshake and a meagre pension. In these reduced circumstances he eventually died in 1777
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