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We are uncertain just when this farm was settled, however Frøholm believes that the -stad ending suggests that Markstad falls into the same time period as the other Etnedal farms settled between 1050 and 1350.

After the Black Death Markestad lay empty until the 1660s. In the Matrikuleringa of 1667 Markestad was krongods.

Svein Rassmusson was living here early on. Søren Hanson Lemmich, the postmaster from Drammen, also had possession of the farm at the end of the 16th century. It is not known whether he purchased the farm directly from the king or whether other owners preceded him. Gudbrand Olsson Esbjug from Nordre Land bought Markestad from Lemmich in 1699.

Markestad is situated in the southern part of Etnedal, between the farm Madslangrud in Etnedal and Leirskogen in Sør Aurdal.

Source: Gard og Bygde i Etnedal Book C, page 410-411, 413


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