Selius Marselis

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Selius Marselis

Selius Marselis (15 December 1600 – 20 March 1663) was a Dutch born, Norwegian tradesman. He was also a major land owner whose possessions included ownership of Frogner Manor.[1]

Marselis was born in Rotterdam, the son of merchant Gabriel Marselis, Sr. (c. 1575–1643). He was the brother of Gabriel Marselis and Leonhard Marselis. Along with his brothers he brought his father's trading company in 1631 and traded in grain, weapons, copper and lumber. He settled in Christiania (now Oslo) in 1644 after he was granted a number of special privileges. He had contracts for delivering several ships to the Danish-Norwegian fleet. He and his brother Gabriel gave the king considerable loan and received as consideration interests in several mining operations. [2]

From the 1640s, the brothers dominated lumber exports from Norway to the Netherlands. Marselis became Director of the Norwegian postal service in 1653. With time, he and his brother Gabriel Marselis became the largest property owners in Norway. He was the owner of Frogner Manor in the Oslo borough of Frogner.from 1659.[3]

Personal life

Selius Marselis married into one of the larger Dutch merchant families. He was married in 1634 with Anna van der Straaten (1608-1654), daughter of Jan Fransz van der Straaten and Sara Moncks. They were the parents of five children.[4]


  1. ^ "Frogner hovedgård". Oslo Museum. Retrieved August 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ Nagel, Anne-Hilde. "Selius Marselis". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Jon Gunnar Arntzen. "Marselis". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved August 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ Mardal, Marius A. "Selius Marselis". In Godal, Anne Marit. Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 

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