Saturday, 17 September 2011

Swedish kings illigitimate son dies in Liverpool Mill Road hospital ? (Hjalmar Högqvist 1839-1874)

Mill Road hospital


I would like if you can give some tips about how to find iformation about the old Mill Road Hospital in the 1870ties

The reason is this I am researching the relatives of the Swedish actress Emilie Högqvist 1812-1846
Hjalmar Fransson Högqvist 1840-1874 feb 15 in Mill Road Hospital

Hjalmar was born 1839 in Hamburg as the son of the famous Swedish actress Emilie Högqvist 1812-1846 and the Swedish crown prince Oscar (later king Oscar I) 1799-1859 )

Hjalmar spend his early childhood in Stockholm was after his mothers death in 1846 raised in Hamburg with his brother Max Högqvist 1840-1872 and his half sister Tecla Högvist 1833- (daughter of temile Högqvist and the british diplomat John Arthur douglas Bloomfield.(2nd baron Bloomfield)

In the late 1850thies he came back to Sweden and in the beginning of the 1860thies he settled In a Manour house in the province of Västergötland

In 1863 he married Emile Amalia Hafström 1838- ca 1910 from a wealthy Gothenburg family
They had 2 daughters

Hjalmar apparently squandered his fortune and 

Around 1867 the family had to leave the manor and moved to Gothenburg. For a few yesrs Hjalmar worked in the postal services as postal inspector but later he ecame employed by the Wilson line- 

A note in the Death records in the churchrecords for the familys home parish in Gothenburg says that Hjalmar Högqvist died 1874 feb 15 at “Mill road Hospital” according to a letter of 1874 march 31 from doctor called Alex Dunbar . There may have been severel Millroad Hospitals in England by that time but since Hjalmar was employed by a shipping line the hospital in Liverpool may be the most likely. If Hjalmar indeed died in a workhouse hospital he seems to have fallen on bad times indeed.

Are there any records ,pictures or information from the hospital about that time wich can give any information about him and the circumstances aurrounding his death ?

Kind regards from
Anna-Karin Schander

PS Here is a little film I made about Emile Högqvist on You tube


  1. Dear Anna,

    Mill Road hospital records are held by the Liverpool Record Office usually situated in William Brown Street, Liverpool, but due to the rebuilding of the city's central Library, the records are only available by appointment due to limitations during the refurbishment.

    The hospital was badly damaged during WW2 and closed in 1993.

    For further information regarding the history of Mill Road please see the link below.

    For the types of records held by Liverpool RO please see the link below.

    Kindest egards

    Rob Ainsworth

    Web Administrator
    Liverpool History Society

  2. Hello

    Thanks for your rapid answer. It seem like there are more people than me that sits up in the wee hours of the night by the computer !;).

    It seems like the hospital was pulled down in 1993 so I guess there is nothing on the site now.

    I find it strange that I could not find Hjalmar Högqvist death in the BDM indexes either on or Find My Past.

    But maybe the name got misspelled in some way. Maybe I habve to write to the Liverpool Recordoffice to see if they have any records of his death

    Thank you for the links to the websites they were very informative the one about the bombing of the Mill road Hospital were very sad so many people death especially small children

    Bye from

    Anna-Karin Schander