Sonoy, Dieric (1529-1597)
Dieric (Dirk, Diederik) Sonoy (Snoey) (1529-1597), a stadholder (governor) of North Holland in the name of William of Orange, protected the Dutch Mennonites against the intolerance of the Reformed, who had asked in 1576 that the Mennonite meetings be prohibited. Sonoy also respected the Mennonite principle of nonresistance, ruling that the Mennonites should make their contribution in the struggle against the Spaniards not by bearing arms, but by using spades and baskets to dig trenches for defense; he also ordered them to guard duty.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (190): 40; (1910): 18.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 581. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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