Karen Mowat (c. 1630–1675) was a Norwegian noblewoman, an heiress, and landowner of Scottish origins.[1]

Painting of Karen Mowat.


Probably born in Tysnes in present-day Hordaland, Karen Mowat was the daughter of Admiral Axel Mowat (1592–1661) and Karen Knudsdatter Bildt (died 1662). Her father was the largest landowner in Western Norway. Following the death of her two brothers, she became sole heir to her parents' estate.[2]

While her father was sceptical, Karen Mowat married Ludvig Rosenkrantz: a poor but highborn nobleman from Denmark. While Ludvig wanted to settle in Copenhagen, Karen had her will, establishing Rosendal in Kvinnherad in Hordaland as the family's main residence. They had four sons and five daughters including Justine Cathrine Rosenkrantz (1659–1746) who was a lady-in-waiting to Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel, queen consort of King Christian V of Denmark .


In 1678, Ludvig Rosenkrantz was created Baron of Rosendal.[7]


  1. ^ Fossen, Anders Bjarne. "Karen Mowat". In Helle, Knut (ed.). Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  2. ^ Anders Bjarne Fossen. "Axel Mowat Til Hovland". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  3. ^ Anders Bjarne Fossen. "Ludvig Rosenkrantz Til Rosendal". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Fossen, Anders Bjarne. "Karen Mowat". In Godal, Anne Marit (ed.). Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Slottet frå 1665". baroniet.no. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "Rosenkrantz, Justine Cathrine, –1746". Dansk biografisk Lexikon. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  7. ^ Jon Gunnar Arntzen. "Baroniet Rosendal". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved July 1, 2017.

Related readingEdit

  • Jorn Oyrehagen Sunde (2009) From a Shetland Lairdship to a Norwegian Barony: The Mouat Family and the Barony of Rosendal (Shetland Heritage Publications) ISBN 978-0955764233

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