Claesken Gaeledochter (d. 1559)

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Claesken Gaeledochter was an Anabaptist martyr. She was baptized by Gillis van Aken "near Workum in the open field" about 1549, was seized at the end of 1558 or the beginning of 1559 and subjected to cross-examination seven times. With admirable knowledge of Scripture and skill in answering she testified to her faith. She had three sons, whom she did not want to leave "for all the world" and for whose future she was deeply concerned. Het Offer des Heeren and also van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror contain two letters written by her, which are a remarkable monument to her pious faith and warm affection. On 14 March 1559 she was executed by drowning with her husband Hendrik Eeuwesz and Jacques d'Auchy at Leeuwarden, Dutch province of Friesland. An anonymous poet wrote a poem on her death, beginning "Een liedeken met vreuchden goet verhalen wij met sangen."


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 324-341. Available in full electronic text at:

Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde 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, 236-242.

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: 611. Available online at:

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1899): 33-50.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 358.

Wolkan, Rudolf. Geschicht-Buch der Hutterischen Brüder. Macleod, Alberta, and Vienna, 1923: 67.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1953

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