Thomas Juel (1562-1647) Thomas took over Estrup Manor after his father, Christoffer Juel, who died in 1588. Thomas Juel married Maren Boelle, daughter of Morten Orning, the vassal of the Koldinghus Castle. During his life Thomas Juel became one of the richest squires of this area. He inherited the Manor Kollerup near Hadsten (north of Aarhus), and about 1614 he acquired Soenderskov. Here he built the present main building, which was completed in 1620. Thomas Juel died at Soenderskov in 1647, according to the tradition he fell down a staircase. Maren Boelle died the following year. Both were buried in Galten Church near Kollerup, in which their magnificent epitaph of baroque style may still be seen above the portal to the chancel. Epitaph The Epitaph of Thomas Juel and Maren Boelle in North Galten Church. Thomas Juel. Founder of Epitaph in North Galten Church. Maren Boelle. Founder of Epitaph in North Galten Church.
Servants The employees of a Manor Farm, who remained in the employ of their master for a longer period of time, were described as servants (day-labourers were not described as servants). The rights of the servants were extremely limited. In principle they could be asked to take on any odd job, and they were completely subordinated to their master. The Danish Law made it clear that their master possessed the same right to inflict corporal punishment as for his children. By statuary order of Parliament in 1832 it was decided, that all servants should have a conduct book. That was a something between a grade book and a passport. Without a conduct book a servant could not move away from his or hers parish of birth. Loss of a conduct book could cause punishment. During employment as servant the conduct book was in the possession of the master. Thus it was impossible to leave at the wrong time. In 1854 the Parliament passed the Servants Law in order that they should have some protection from the master. To a wide extent this law upheld the miserable legal position for the servants, however. The table below provides a summary of important events from the history of servants in Denmark.