Christen Nielsen Holberg

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Christen (Vielum?) Nielsen Holberg
Born ca 1625
Died ca 1685
Allegiance Denmark-Norway
Commands held Sundfjordske Kompani
Sognske Kompani
Bergenhus fortress
Battles/wars Battle of Halden 1659
Battle of Vågen 1665
Siege of Bohus 1676

Christen Nielsen Holberg (aka. Christian Holberg) was an officer in the Norwegian Army. He was also the father of Ludvig Holberg. In 1653 he was hired as a lieutenant to serve with Bergenhusiske Regiment both in Bergenhus len and on Bergenhus Fortress In 1659 he was appointed commander of Sundfjordske Kompani of Bergenhusiske Regiment with the rank of Captain. During the Bjelke War he and his company participated in the defence of Halden against the Swedes. On August 2, 1665 he participated in the Battle of Vågen as a Major. In 1672 he was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Sundfjordske Kompani. In 1675 he was a member of the regimental staff and the commander of Sognske Kompani. During the Gyldenløve War he was given the responsibility of raising two new companies for the regiment before joining it in Sweden in 1676 where he participated in the siege of Bohus Fortress. Upon returning to Norway later that year he was sent back to Bergen to be temporary commander of Bergenhus Fortress in the place of Johan Caspar von Cicignon. In 1679 he left the service of Bergenhusiske Regiment.


  • Bragstad, Jakob; Fjordane Infanteriregiment nr 10, I gamal og ny tid; 1996; Elanders Forlag; Oslo (ISBN 82-90545-57-6)
  • Per Gjendem A private page on Ludvig Holberg's anscestry