Brigitte Lundblade, born Brigitte Hasselblatt (1923-May 17, 2007) was a Bahá'í missionary to Shetland in the 1950s. She was born in Estonia to a Baltic German family. She came to the UK as a refugee in WWII, and learnt English there.
In the 1950s, she then agreed to do missionary work, which occurred in Shetland, rather than her native Estonia:
- "In 1953, at a Bahá’í conference, Brigitte had volunteered to take the Bahá’í Faith to Estonia. It was not possible to go at the time because it was behind the Iron Curtain, so she went to Shetland instead. In 1956, Brigitte went on Pilgrimage to the Bahá’í World Center in Haifa, Israel. There she met Shoghi Effendi, the grandson of Bahá'u'lláh, founder of the Bahá’í Faith. He said that she should go to Estonia once the Bahá’í Faith was established in Shetland, "circumstances permitting". With the political shifts in Eastern Bloc, circumstances where changing."<ref>http://www.brigittelundblade.com/Biography_1984-2008.html</ref>
She appears to have been the first Bahá’í in Shetland. Charlie Dunning followed shortly afterwards, and both were visited by Ian Semple in July 1955.<ref>http://bahaihistoryuk.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/ian-semple-1928-2011/</ref>
Her work earned her the title of Knight of Bahá’u’lláh in July 1953.<ref>http://bahaikipedia.org/Knights_of_Bah%C3%A1%E2%80%99u%E2%80%99ll%C3%A1h</ref>
She worked as a midwife in Shetland.<ref>http://bahaikipedia.org/Brigitte_Lundblade</ref>
- Brigitte_Lundblade on Bahaikipedia.