Clas Åkesson Tott

Clas Åkesson Tott c 1530–1596 was a military Field Marshal 1572 and member of the Privy Council of Sweden 1575

In the Russo-Swedish War 1554–1557, he was the rittmeister of the cavalry squadron Upplandsfanan He became responsible for the enlistment of army personnel in Finland, in 1563 At the Battle of Axtorna, in 1566, he was taken as prisoner of war, but he was released in 1569 As the commander-in-chief of Estonia 1572–1574, he defeated the Russians at the Battle of Lode in 1573, before he was displaced by Pontus de la Gardie due to the disastrous outcome of the Siege of Wesenberg 1574

He became the stadtholder of Finland in 1576, but he fell out of grace with John III which led to his losing his titles in 1589 and his membership in the Privy Council


  1. ^ Peterson, Gary Dean 2007 Warrior kings of Sweden The rise of an empire in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries McFarland p 93 ISBN 0-7864-2873-2 
General reference
  • The article Tott, Clas Åkesson in Nationalencyklopedin 1995
  • The article Tott, Clas Åkesson in Biografiskt lexikon för Finland 2008

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