Veere (Zeeland, Netherlands)

Jump to navigation Jump to search

Veere, an old town on the island of Walcheren, Dutch province of Zeeland (population in the late 1950s, ca. 1,100; 1,520 in 2001; coordinates: 51° 33′ 0″ N, 3° 40′ 0″ E), was in the 15th and 16th centuries an important seaport. Anabaptism is found here as early as 1534, in which year some Anabaptists fled from the town to evade persecution. A few of them are said to have gone to Münster in Westphalia. In 1537 a number of Münsterite Anabaptists, whose names are un­known, were executed at Veere. Adriaen Wouters, of Schiedam, after recanting was executed here in 1539 because of his "bad Anabaptist ideas." In 1561 Mennonites are said to have lived in Veere, but it could not be ascertained for lack of documents whether there was a congregation here at that early date. In 1569 the Mennonite Jan Ysbrants was banished by the magistrates. About 1600 a small Mennonite congregation existed at Veere, of which Laurens Adrianesz de Brie was a preacher in 1614 and Adriaen Vervondel and Maerten Roelants preachers or deacons in 1665. It belonged to the Flemish branch and died out shortly after 1671, the few remaining members joining the neighboring church of Middelburg.


Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht en Gelderland, 2 vols. Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1847: II, 40 f.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1876): 86; (1883): 89; (1917): 140.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: I, Nos. 20, 197, 199; II, No. 1267.

Mellink, Albert F. De Wederdopers in de noordelijke Nederlanden 1531-1544. Groningen: J.B. Wolters, 1954: 319, 324.


Map:Veere (Zeeland, Netherlands)

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

Cite This Article

MLA style

Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Veere (Zeeland, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 1 Oct 2022.,_Netherlands)&oldid=126235.

APA style

Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Veere (Zeeland, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 October 2022, from,_Netherlands)&oldid=126235.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 803. All rights reserved.

©1996-2022 by the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. All rights reserved.