Sonoy, Dieric (1529-1597)

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Diederik Sonoy (1529-1597).
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Dieric (Dirk, Diederik) Sonoy (Snoey) (1529-1597) was born in 1529 in Kalkar, Duchy of Cleves, the son of Lambrecht Snoy (d. 1529) and Emerantiana Peacock Darthuizen (1510-1550). He died in Pieterburen, Groningen on June 2 1597.

William of Orange appointed Sonoy governor of the Northern Quarter (Noorderkwartier) of Holland in 1572, and he served until 1588. Sonoy protected the Dutch Mennonites against the intolerance of the Reformed, who had asked in 1576 that the Mennonite meetings be prohibited. Sonoy also respected the Mennonite principle of nonresistance, ruling that the Mennonites should make their contribution in the struggle against the Spaniards not by bearing arms, but by using spades and baskets to dig trenches for defense; he also ordered them to guard duty.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (190): 40; (1910): 18.

Wikipedia. "Diederik Sonoy." 15 July 2014. Web. 1 December 2014.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Sonoy, Dieric (1529-1597)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 19 Aug 2018.,_Dieric_(1529-1597)&oldid=128250.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Sonoy, Dieric (1529-1597). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 August 2018, from,_Dieric_(1529-1597)&oldid=128250.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 581. All rights reserved.

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