Paul Durven

lawyer friend with whom he rented the St. Agnieten Toorn
Birth or Baptism date: 
January 4, 1646
Death or Burial date: 
April 5, 1711

Lawyer, brewer, notary after 1667.

Durven lived on the Koornmarkt in a brewery named the Truweel until sometime between 1689 and 1694, when he moved in with his mother in the family home on the Oosteinde near the Oostpoort. The figures on the right sidebar (click to enlarge) show Durven's house next to the Oostpoort and the family gardens stretching along the singel to the St. Agnieten Toorn.

Leeuwenhoek grew up in the same neighborhood, but by the time Paul was born, Leeuwenhoek had already left Delft.

In 1669, Durven drew up the will of Leeuwenhoek's sister-in-law Maria de Meij.

His father Pieter Gerrits rented the St. Agnieten Toorn from the city in successive multi-year leases, 24 gl yearly, from 1658 until his death, when the lease was picked up by Paul. Pieter and his wife Maria van der Burg (Burch) lived in her family home on the Oosteinde, where they buried thirteen children between 1647 and 1666. In 1680, Pieter died, and Maria followed 29 years later in 1709.

When Paul died, he was living in his father's house.

From the Delft treasurers' accounts:

1658 24v durven has toorn for 1st of 6-year lease x11 gl - only one in this section with a ransoen - section Stede aertvesten mitsgaders de huisen daer op staende - other towers and houses mills, in the city's outer wall and gates - others were multi-year, too.

41v durven 24 gl for one year use of the "grout van sijn huis"