HEADS OF THE DUTCH VOC FACTORY
The list of the tour of duty of the chief factors of the Dutch VOC settlement in Ayutthaya is based
on the document of Bhawan Ruangsilp in reference 1.  François Valentyn gives sometimes slightly
different dates. These differences are mentioned in footnote. The Dutch VOC local office was
situated within the city of Ayutthaya until 1634, when a new brick building was constructed
southeast of the city.

1604              Cornelis Specx
1608 - 1611   Lambert Jacobz Heijn
1611 - 1612   Maerten Houtman
1611 - 1612   Cornelis van Nijenrode
1612 - 1617   Maerten Houtman
1617 - 1621   Cornelis van Nijenrode
1622              Jan Mibaise

1623 - 1624   Factory temporary closed. (1)

1624 - 1626   Pieter van der Elst
1626 - 1627   Jacob Spanjaart (acting)
1627 - 1629   Adriaen de Marees

1629 - 1633 Factory temporary closed.

1633 - 1636   Joost Schouten  (2)(3)
1637 - 1638   Hendrick Jansz Nachtegael (acting)
1638 - 1641   Jeremias van Vliet (3)
1641 - 1645   Reinier van 't Zum
1645               Isaac Moerdijck (4)
1646 - 1650   Jan van Muyden (5)
1650               Rijckloff van Goens (acting)
1650 - 1651   Volkerus Westerwolt (acting)
1651               Hendrick Craijers (6)
1652 - 1656   Volkerus Westerwolt
1656 - 1662   Jan van Ryck (7)
1662 - 1663   Enoch Poolvoet (acting) (8)

1663 - 1664   Factory temporary closed. (9)

1664 - 1668   Enoch Poolvoet (acting)
1668 - 1669   Johannes Van der Spijck (acting)
1669 - 1672   Nicolaes de Roij (10)
1672 - 1676   Johannes Van der Spijck (11)
1676               Gilles Goosens (acting)
1676 - 1678   Dirk de Jongh (12)
1678 - 1685   Aarnout Faa (13)
1685 - 1688   Joannes Keijts
1688 - 1691   Pieter van den Hoorn
1691 - 1692   Joannes van Wagensvelt
1692 - 1697   Thomas van Son
1697 - 1698   Reinier Boom (14)
1699 - 1703   Gideon Tant (15)
1703 - 1712   Aarnout Cleur (16)

1706               Factory temporary closed

1712 - 1717   Dirk Blom
1717 - 1720   Wybrant Blom (17)
1721 - 1722   Hendrik Verburg (18)
1722 - 1723   Rogier van Alderwereld (acting)
1723 - 1726   Gregorius Hendrik Praagman (19 July 1723)
1726 - 1727   Imel Christiaen Cock
1728 - 1731   Rogier van Alderwereld
1732 - 1733   Pieter Sijen
1734 - 1735   Willem de Ghij
1735 - 1740   Theodorus Jacobus van den Heuvel (1 Aug 1735 - Feb 1740)
1740 - 1741   Willem de Ghij

1741 - 1747   Factory temporary closed

1747 - 1760   Nicolaas Bang (19)
1760 - 1761   Nicolaas van Berendrecht (acting)
1761 - 1765   Abraham Werndlij

Footnotes:

(1) 1623-1627 "Henrik Nagtegaal belast door de Heeren 17 dit Comptoir te ligten." [2]
(2) 1634 - "
door last van de Heer Brouwer een steene Logie gebouwd." [2]
(3) In Van Vliet's Siam - Chris Baker, Dhiravat Na Pombejra, Alfons Van Der Kraan & David K.
Wyatt. (2005) - page 26, Joost Schouten's end of his tour of duty is given as the year 1638 and
Jeremias Van Vliets's tour of duty as 1638 - 1642. François Valentyn gives as tour of duty for
Justus Schouten 1628-1636 and for Jeremias van Vliet 1639-1642. [2]
(4) Izaac Moerdijck was director for only eight months when in January 1642 he was murdered by
the cook. His remains were buried in a chedi standing in the Dutch cemetery next to the company
garden. [3]
(5) Valentyn gives here 1647-1650 Herman van Muyden. [2]
(6) Craiyers died in Ayutthaya in June 1652 and his remains were buried in a chedi in the company
garden of the Dutch lodge. [3] Heeck Page 56]
(7) Valentyn gives here 1658-1661 Jan van Ryk. [2]
(8) Valentyn gives here 1661- 1663 Henoch Poelvoet. -"
't Compt. opgebroken". [2]
(9) Valentyn notes that in 1664 King Narai (r. 1656-1688) send some envoys to be informed on
the reason of the closure of the Dutch factory and requests its re-opening. In 1665-66 the factory is
re-opened. [2]
(10) Valentyn gives here 1666-1672 for Nicolaas de Roy.
(11) Valentyn gives here 1672-1677 for van der Spyk.
(12) Valentyn gives here 1677-1679 for Dirk de Jong.        
(13) Valentyn gives here 1679-1684 for Aarnout Faa.
(14) Valentyn gives as date 1698-1703.
(15) Valentyn gives as date 1703-1703.
(16) Valentyn gives as date 1704-1712.
(17) Valentyn gives as date 1717-1719.
(18) Valentyn gives as date 1720-1722 and mentions the death of Henrik van der Burg on 25
November 1722.
(19) The VOC’s trading post was plundered by the Burmese in 1760 and Nicolaas Bang drowned
trying to escape the invaders.

References:

[1] Bhawan Ruangsilp - Dutch East India Company merchants at the court of Ayutthaya: Dutch
perceptions of the Thai kingdom, ca. 1604-1765  (2007) - Appendix 1.
[2] Valentyn François - Oud en Nieuw Oost Indien (1626) - Deel 3 - Boek 6 - Beschryvinge van
Siam en onsen Handel aldaar.
[3] Barend Jan Terwiel (2008) - A Traveler in Siam in the Year 1655: Extracts from the Journal of
Gijsbert Heeck - page 56.
Text by Tricky Vandenberg - May 2011
Reviewed October 2013
(Bronze commemorative shield on Monument. Translation:
'Here stood from 1634 to 1767, the Factory (Lodge) of the
United East India Company, V.O.C.)
(Valentyn's list of the factors of the Dutch Lodge)