In 1623, a Swedish estate was established and donated to the Scottish general Alexander Leslie, as a reward for his service during the Thirty Years’ War. However, soon afterwards he sold this estate to Count Gustav Horn af Björneborg. The estate was then passed on for three generations on the maternal side right down to the siblings Anna and Herman Flemming.
In 1721, Anna Flemming married one of the generals of the Swedish King Charles XII, the baron and later on field marshal Hugo Johan Hamilton af Hageby. In the year 1725, he bought out his brother-in-law, and in 1735 he founded the Boo Fideikommiss (Boo fee tail) together with his wife. Boo has remained a fee tail within the baronial family Hamilton af Hageby ever since.
Today, Boo fee tail is approximately the same size as it was in the 17th century, and it is one of Sweden’s largest privately owned estates. The estate is situated a little over 40 kilometres southeast of Örebro and consists of 37,000 acres of land. In addition, there are approximately 2,500 acres of waterways and lakes.
On Boo fee tail, the main activities of forestry and agriculture have long since been linked to industrial activities. In the 19th century, these consisted of an iron industry with both blast furnaces and forging workshops. In the first half of the 20th century a sawmill industry arose, which was later on complemented by a woodworking industry. The latter was sold in 2012.
At present, Boo fee tail is not active as an autonomous company, but it is leased to Boo Egendom AB, which is one of the parent companies within the current company group.