08 Bernt la Cour

Born on 11 June 1764 at Strandet manor, Bernt was a son of Pierre la Cour and Christiane Frederikke la Cour. Family legend has it he went to sea but succumbed at a young age to typhoid at Frederiks Hospital. The hospital’s registry, however, states that he was a “clerk without employment residing at Kattesundet 129. Died on 3 December 1784 at 1 am of water in the head.” If he had typhoid, however, he would presumably have been sickly from childhood and could hardly have been a real sailor. If he ever did go to sea, it must have been as a “pen-pusher” on some large ship. He died on 3 December 1784. (No children.)