Diederik Jacob van Tuyll van Serooskerken

Personal data
Born November 02, 1706
Died September 01, 1776
Biography

Son of Reinout Gerard van Tuyll van Serooskerken (1677-1729) and Isabella Agneta Hoeufft van Fontaine Pereuse (1683-1725). Married (1739) to Helena Jacoba de Vicq. Father of Isabella van Tuyll (Belle de Zuylen).

According to Boswell "Heer van Zuylen is one of the most ancient nobleman in the Seven Provinces, and he is very wealthy too, for he married an Amsterdam lady, a merchant's daughter, with a great deal of money". 1

Life with Boswell

Boswell met van Tuyll at some time during autumn or winter of 1763-64. They seem to have taken a mutual liking to each other, and Boswell revealed at least some of his secrets and corresponded on a fairly intimate level with van Tuyll, the father of his sometime love interest Belle de Zuylen. The first direct mention of van Tuyll in Boswell in Holland is in one of Boswell's Dutch themes, dated February 7, 1764. Boswell described him as "very polite; indeed, he received me even in the style of a friend".