From the iron age to the 17th century
Skytteholm’s ancestry dates back all the way to the Iron Age. An 11th century memorial stone with runic inscription can still be seen on one of the islets on the golf course. The runes on the stone read: ”Trotte and Ase erected the stone in memory of their father, God bless his soul.” The Skytteholm estate was founded by Johan Skytte (1577–1645), State Counsellor and a leading figure during the Swedish Era of Great Power. At the beginning of the 17th century he was appointed to the Chancellery of Duke Carl, and a couple of years later chosen as tutor to Gustav Adolf, subsequently King Gustav II Adolf. Skytte held many posts and received many awards; he was a Counsellor of the Chamber, State Counsellor, Governor General of Livonia, Ingria and Karelia, President of the Göta Court of Appeal and Chancellor of Uppsala Academy. In return for his services Johan Skytte received many landed properties, among them several on Ekerö and Munsö. The land register for 1631 contains this entry: ”Johan Skytte is building a residence at Ållhamra”. At that time Ållhamra, or Ulghamra, the earlier name of Skytteholm, consisted only of a large, one story timber house.