Mathias Bonsach Krogh

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Mathias Bonsach Krogh
Mathias Bonsach Krogh (1754 - 1828).jpg
Church Church of Norway
Diocese Tromsø stift
Appointed 6 January 1804
In office 1804-1828
Successor Peder Christian Hersleb Kjerschow
Personal details
Born (1754-10-04)4 October 1754
Vadsø, Norway
Died 2 September 1828(1828-09-02) (aged 73)
Alstahaug, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Denomination Christian
Spouse Nicoline Antonette Møldrup
Occupation Priest, Politician
Education Cand.theol.

Mathias Bonsach Krogh (1754—1828) was the first bishop of Hålogaland in Norway. Krogh was also a member of the first ordinary Parliament of Norway.[1]


Krogh was born on 4 October 1754 of Truls Krogh and Else Marie, née Bonsach, in Vadsø in today's County of Finnmark, Norway. Krogh was educated at the University of Copenhagen. He received his candidatus theologiæ degree in 1779. He began his career as the parish priest in Lenvik, in Troms county, a post he held from 1782 until 1788. From 1788 until 1798 he was the parish priest in Vågan in Nordland county. Then, from 1798 until 1804, he was the parish priest in Ørland in Sør-Trøndelag.[2]

On 6 January 1804, Krogh became the first bishop of Hålogaland (also called bishop of Nordlandene and Finnmark). Until then, this area had been under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Nidaros. Krogh moved to Alstahaug in Nordland, where he made the Alstahaug Church the seat of the diocese. From 1805 until 1812 he served concurrently as parish priest of Alstahaug.[3]

Krogh was elected as a representative to the first ordinary Parliament of Norway in 1815, which followed the 1814 Constitution. He served from 1815 until 1817 representing Northern Norway. His active efforts, also in parliament, contributed to the establishment of Bodø as the first market town in Nordland.[4]

Krogh received the Order of the Dannebrog in 1812 and, when the Dano-Norwegian union was dissolved and Norway entered a union with Sweden, received the Swedish Order of the Polar Star in 1815.[5]

Krogh remained bishop until his death on 2 September 1828. He was buried at the graveyard at Alstahaug Church.[5]


Religious titles
New diocese
(Split off from the Diocese of Nidaros)
Bishop of Tromsø stift
Succeeded by
Peder Christian Hersleb Kjerschow