Historic Northerners at rest

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Through the help of newfound and kind Livornese friends, I was fortunate to be able to visit the Old English Cemetery. It is the oldest protestant burial ground in Italy, in use between 1645 and 1840. People of many nationalities have their final resting place here, including some from my own country:

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This is the headstone of the Swedish consul Peter Wilhelm Törngren who died in 1800 at the age of 67 years.

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The stone is engraved in Italian on one side and Swedish on the other.

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Peter Wilhelm himself.

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Here lies the sister of Swedish statesman Axel von Fersen, alleged lover of Marie Antoinette. Baroness Hedvig Eleonora died in Pisa. Many of those buried in Livorno had ended their days in other parts of Tuscany and were brought here, since protestant cemeteries were rare at the time.

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A third example of Swedes buried in Livorno’s Old English, colonel Otto Reinhold Möllersverd.

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More to come later from this interesting place…

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4 comments on “Historic Northerners at rest

  1. Dina says:

    Thanks for this tour. Such a fine old cemetery.

  2. intresserad says:

    Kräm de la kräm.
    Spännande och snyggt i svartvitt!

    (När kommer jellonen?)

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