A Short Biography About Eva Ekeblad
Born on 10th July 1724 in Stockholm City of the Stockholm Country, the legendary women Eva de la Gardie or Eva Ekeblad was a Swedish countess, agronomist, salon hostess, and scientist who invented alcohol from potato. She had given this breakthrough contribution when Eva Ekeblad was cultivating potatoes the Sweden lands and discovered some unique properties from the edible.
Eva Ekeblad became a famous personality for her method of discovery in the year 1746. She made make flour, perfume, and alcohol from potato starch and this permitted to the greater usage of scarce grains for the production of food. This had significantly impacted the reduction of famine and other incidences of scarcity in Sweden.
Thus Eva Ekeblad is seen as a huge inspiration to many people and set her standards high as a trailblazer, and even today, after 294 years, Eva is one of the highly celebrated women.
Education and Childhood Days
Eva De la Gardie (Eva Ekeblad) was born to ‘Magnus Julius De la Gardie’ (1668–1741) who was a statesman count and the amateur politician to the salonist ‘Hedvig Catharina Lilje’: the sister of ‘Captain Carl Julius De la Gardie’ and ‘Hedvig Catharina De la Gardie’ and the aunt of ‘Axel von Fersen the Younger’. Eva Ekeblad’s brother was married to ‘Catherine Charlotte De la Gardie’ and the brother-in-law of the royal family ‘Hedvig Taube’.
Eva Ekeblad at her young age of 16 got married to the riksråd count ‘Claes Claesson Ekeblad’ in the year 1740. She then became the mother for 7 children, where she had 6 daughters and 1 son. They all were namely:
- Claes Julius 1742-1808 (66 years)
- Ebba Maria 1752-1839 (87 years)
- Eva Magdalena 1747-1824 (77 years)
- Agneta Sofia 1750-1824 (74 years)
- Hedvig Catharina 1746-1812 (66 years)
- Fredrika Ulrika 1745-1771 (26)
- Beata Charlotta 1748-1771 (23 years)
- Brita Lovisa 1754-1755 (dead 2 months old)
All the spouses of the family were belonging to the elite class of the Swedish nobility. Upon her marriage, ‘Julius De la Gardie’, the father of Eva Ekeblad had given her the estates Mariedal Castle and Lindholmen Castle, of Västergötland.
The Personal Life of Eva Ekeblad
Eva Ekeblad’s husband was mostly in the absence during business days and so she took the responsibility of managing all the 3 estates and also, the tasks like supervision of the bailiffs. Eva Ekeblad also presided in the county-assemblies which were the estate’s parish community’s belongings. Eva Ekeblad’s leading role was in the local aristocracy and Stola manor took fame for her good orders.
Eva Ekeblad was seen as a symbol of imposing a temperamental authority. She was observed as fair towards the communities of the peasantry, whom she had protected them all against the bailiffs’ abuse in return of obedience. Eva Ekeblad was someone who was not hesitant for rectifying and punishing any wrongdoings during the time of conflicts with the local dignitaries.
Eva Ekeblad’s husband had expired in the year 1771 and after his passing away she had retired to her countryside. Lindholmen and Mariedal estates were served as her dower estates while the latter became her personal residence. Her last 6 years in the Castle was continued with celebration by the local aristocracy till her decease. Thus she expired on 15th May 1786 at the Lidköping Assembly of the Skaraborg County at the age of 61.