Harrach

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Coat of arms

The Harrach family[1] is a Bohemian and Austro-German noble family. The Grafs (Counts) of Harrach were among the most prominent families in the Habsburg Empire.

History[edit]

Castle Rohrau

The two main family branches come from two of Charles Harrach's sons — Rohrau, Austria (until 1886) and Jilemnicein Bohemia. Two extant branches were founded by Frederick August's grandsons — Ernest Christopher Joseph (d. 1838) and Ferdinand Joseph (d. 1841)[2]

  • 1195 — first mentions of family in Ranshofen monastery.
  • 14th century — owned lands in Austria, Carinthia and Styria
  • 1524 — Leonhard purchased of Castle Rohrau, main residence until now.
  • 4 January 1552 — Leonhard von Harrach received the title of Imperial Baron from Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 6 November 1627 — Karl von Harrach, his grandson received the title of Imperial Count from Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor
  • 1701 — Ferdinand Bonaventura I purchased Jilemnice.
  • 1708 — Aloys Thomas Raimund marries Cecilia von Thannhausen and attaches her surname to family.

Manors[edit]

Schloss Prugg

Family owned:

Members[edit]

Aloys Thomas Raimund von Harrach
Auguste von Harrach

Many of its members bear the title 'Graf' (count/earl) or 'Gräfin' (countess). Members of the family are, among others:

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Possibly from Czech word hrách ("pea"). First known member of the family owned definitely Slavonic name Przibislaus. Indirect evidence of pea's theory — Harrach's coat of arms with an element described in heraldry as "golden ball".
  2. ^ Silesian gentry and aristocracy
  3. ^ The Collection Of Count Von Harrach
  4. ^ A Brief Introduction to Harrach Glass

References[edit]

  • Reichenberger, Arnold G., The Counts Harrach and the Spanish Theater

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