Heyden, Jan van der (1637-1712)

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Jan van der Heyden.
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Jan van der Heyden, born 1637 at Gorinchem, Dutch province of South Holland, died 28 March 1712 at Amsterdam, was baptized in the Flemish church "bij 't Lam" at Amsterdam in 1656 and served this congregation three periods as a deacon (1675-1680, 1686-1691, 1696-1701).

Jan van der Heyden is renowned for his technical inventions: in 1669 he was appointed director of the service of street-lighting and organized a lighting system in Amsterdam that was unique in Europe. He is still more famous for his invention of a fire-engine in 1677. From 1672, in which year he and his brother Nicolaas were appointed directors of fire-extinguishing appliances, they had worked on this invention. Soon after, Jan van der Heyden founded a fire-engine factory.

Jan van der Heyden is also known as a painter; and a number of pictures, mostly of buildings, still bear evidence of his skill and artistry. His son Goris van der Heyden was also a deacon of the Amsterdam Lamist congregation, 1701-1706. Jan's granddaughter (daughter of his son Jan) Jacoba (1705-1731) was married to the well-known Mennonite preacher Joannes Deknatel.


Amstelodamum Jaarboek 11 (1913): 29-118 f.

Amsterdamsche Stadtsgezichten van Jan van der Heyden, with introduction by C. J. 't Hooft. Amsterdam, 1912.

Bericht Wegens de nieuw-geinventeerde en geoctro-yeerde Slang-brandspuiten. Uitgevonden door Jan en Nicolaes van der Heyden. Amsterdam, 1677.

Bode, W. v. Die Meister der Holländischen und Flämischen Malerschulen. Leipzig, 1951: 365-369, 373-378.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Heyden, Jan van der (1637-1712)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 22 Sep 2019. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Heyden,_Jan_van_der_(1637-1712)&oldid=131382.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1956). Heyden, Jan van der (1637-1712). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 September 2019, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Heyden,_Jan_van_der_(1637-1712)&oldid=131382.


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