Andries Claessen (d. 1535)

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Andries Claessen (Claeszen, Claesz) was an Anabaptist martyr of Dronrijp, a village between Franeker and Leeuwarden in the Dutch province of Friesland. He is said to have been a rather wealthy man who held meetings in his house. Karel Vos's idea that he was a Münsterite is unproved and is not very probable. He was arrested in 1535 by the stadholder Georg Schenk and taken to Leeuwarden. After a three-day imprisonment in the dungeon he was beheaded on 13 March 1535 (not 16 March, as the Martyrs Mirror states), and broken on the wheel. He left six young children. Sympathetic friends provided for them, though not without danger to themselves.


Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doops-gesinde of Weereloose Christenen, Die om 't getuygenis van Jesus haren Salighmaker geleden hebben ende gedood zijn van Christi tijd of tot desen tijd toe. Den Tweeden Druk. Amsterdam: Hieronymus Sweerts, 1685: Part II, 37-38.

Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs' Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour . . . to the Year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 444. Available online at:

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1899): 67, 105, 109; (1917): 172.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 359.

Author(s) Otto Hege
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1955

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