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Paulus Buys

Paulus Buys, heer van Zevenhoven and (from 1592) Capelle ter Vliet [1] (Amersfoort, 1531 IJsselstein, Manor house Capelle ter Vliet, 4 May 1594 ) was Grand Pensionary of Holland between 1572 and 1584.

Zevenhoven Village in South Holland, Netherlands

Zevenhoven is a village in the Dutch province of South Holland. It is a part of the municipality of Nieuwkoop and lies about 9 km northeast of Alphen aan den Rijn.

Amersfoort City and municipality in Utrecht, Netherlands

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Life

Buys was born in a wealthy family in Amersfoort in the province of Utrecht. He studied law in France and worked as lawyer at the court of Holland for a few years. In 1561, he became pensionary of Leiden. Later on he also became 'hoogheemraad' (the chief official) of the 'Hoogheemraadschap van Rijnland' (Dutch constitutional body for the security of dikes and polders against the sea and the rivers) of Rhineland (the area around Leiden). Pensionaries were well paid. His task was to advise the city council on legal affairs and serve as the representative of Leiden at the estates of Holland.

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Paulus Buys was appointed as land's advocate of Holland in 1572 before Calvinists took the county. As representative of Holland, he vetoed the decision of the duke of Alva to raise taxes at the estates general of the Netherlands in Brussels. Because of this, he had to flee from the Netherlands and joined Prince William of Orange in Arnstadt. Paulus Buys was Roman Catholic, but he, like many moderate Catholics, joined the rebels (Protestantism was a minority faith in Holland at that time) and secretly helped raising armies for the cause of the prince when he came back to Leiden in the same year. He refused to admit a Spanish garrison in Leiden. Leiden became a part of rebel territory still in 1572. Buys became the head of the rebel 'Raad van State' (one of the constitutional bodies of the Netherlands) in 1573, which would make him the rebel leader if William of Orange died at the siege of Haarlem. The prince did not go to Haarlem, which fell to the Spanish.

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Family

His son is most likely Cornelis Buys (*1559), who inherited the manors Capelle ter Vliet and Zevenhoven in 1592 - the year Paulus Buys died. Cornelis Buys was a member of the General Chamber of Auditors of the County Holland and also a court clerk there. It is not known when Cornelis Buys died.

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Notes

  1. The Manor House Capelle ter Vliet near IJsselstein
  2. Bruce p. xlii
  3. Bruce p. 33
  4. Bruce p. 130
  5. Bruce p. 352

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jacob van den Eynde
Land's Advocate of Holland
1572–1584
Succeeded by
Johan van Oldenbarnevelt