||of Aywick |
||Yell, SHETLAND 
||Hoseason of Aywick
||14 Dec 2011 22:08:52 |
- Little is now known about Sjovald. There are traces going back to 1140 of a Sjovald and Aasi, brothers of Gotland, who lost a battle against the Germans and set out for Shetland, their summer fishing grounds, taking their long-boats, slaves, household goods and families. Prior to 1900, the members of the family could be recited back for thirty generations, and taking 20 to 25 years per generation, we could get back to around 1140. 
- The tradition in our family is that Sjovald Sjovaldson was shipwrecked on Yell in the 1500ís. His boat came ashore at da Birrier, Aywick, and he settled in that area. Sjovald (which means 'sea-rover') was born in Sweden (or Denmark) about 1500. He was said to be a direct descendant of the King of Denmark, and became ruler of Yell. His descendants became fouds (law-makers) of Shetland. In 1530 when he was sailing with a fleet from Gotland to Trondheim they encountered a storm and he was eventually shipwrecked on da Birrier at East Yell. 
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