Gustav IV Adolf, King of Sweden

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Gustav IV Adolf, King of Sweden Gender: M
born on 1 November 1778 at 06:50 (= 06:50 AM )
Place Stockholm, Sweden, 59n20, 18e03
Timezone LMT m18e03 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 08°56' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 22°02 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 03°11'

King of Sweden Gustav IV Adolf (Painting by Per Krafft the Younger)


King of Sweden from 1792 until his abdication in 1809. He was the son of Gustav III of Sweden and his queen consort Sophia Magdalena, eldest daughter of Frederick V of Denmark and his first wife Louise of Great Britain. He was the last Swedish ruler of Finland, the occupation of which by Russian Czar Alexander I in 1808-09 was the immediate cause of his violent downfall. After an army revolt, the king was seized by officers and forced to relinquish the throne on behalf of his family on March 29; the same date as his father's death (due to gunshot wound, in 1792). The Instrument of Government subsequently written was adapted on June 6, the current National Holiday of Sweden, and was in effect until replaced 1974. The crown (now with strictly limited powers) passed to his childless uncle, Charles XIII, whose want of heirs set into motion an intense quest for a successor who was found the following year in the person of Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, who assumed the throne in 1818, commencing the present House of Bernadotte. Gustav IV Adolph died on 7 February 1837.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Births" in "The Scots Magazine," Volume 40, November 1778, p. 628: "Stockholm, Nov. 3. On Sunday the 1st instant, about seven o'clock in the morning, her Swedish Majesty was happily delivered of a prince."

On 12 August 2014, Scholfield adjusted the time to 6:50AM, citing birth certificate quoted in the Swedish history book, "Historisk tafla af högstsalig f.d.konung Gustaf IV Adolphs första lefnadsår: tecknad och utgifven af författaren till skildringar ur det inre af dagens historia" by Magnus Jakob Crusenstolpe (L.J. Hjerta, 1837), p. 5: "GUSTAF ADOLPH, hvars barndoms historiska tafla vi börjå med framläg-.gandet af följande dopattest: »Tisdagen den 10 November, år efter Christi börd Ett Tusende Sju Hundrade Sjuttio och Atta, ... befordrades till det heliga Dopet H. K. H. Svea Rikes borne Kron-Prins, den Högborne Furste och Herre, Herr GUSTAF ADOLPH, som hit till verlden föddes den l:ste i samma månad och år, klockan 6 och 50 minuter om morgonen."

Translation: GUSTAV ADOLPH, whose boyhood history starts with the following birth record: 'Tuesday, 10 November, 1778 ... holy baptism of HRH Swedish borne Crown-Prince, the Noble-Born Prince and Lord, Lord Gustav Adolph, who came into the world on the first of this month and year at 6 o'clock and 50 minutes in the morning.'


  • Notable : Famous : Royal family (House of Holstein-Gottorp, House of Oldenburg)