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Schierer (formerly Schierer von Waldheim zu Falknov)
Is a medieval family name dating back to the first Bohemian glassmakers. Paul Schierer, the Elder, invented the colouring process of blue glass by adding cobalt (c27). The Schierer family later became purveyors to the German-Roman Emperor, Rudolph II, in Prague and have been ennobled by the latter in 1592 and confirmed in 1663. Forced by the 30 years war (1618-1648) the knighted Protestant branches of the Schierer family extended to Sweden and Denmark having their baronial status confirmed. The Roman Catholic branches remained in Lower Austria, Litschau and Vienna and were confirmed as freiherrlich, "Barons of the Holy Roman Empire", and as knights.
Dominik Schierer v.W.z.F., (1562 - 1614), Bohemian glassmaker in Hoflenz; Dominik his Cousins Kaspar from Labau (Gablonz), Valentin from Krombach (Deutsch-Gabel) and Martin were ennobled with the aristocratic title "Schierer von Waldheim(b) zu Falknov" by Rudolph II Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire on June 1, 1592.
Oswald Schierer, (1599), Goldsmith, watchmaker and trombone maker. Musical instrument purveyor of the monastery of Kremsmünster.
Christoph Schierer, (1623), Carinthian Münzwardein, guardian of precious metals and the imperial minting commissioned by the highest authority. He was the official representative of his principal in discharging his duty as an inspector of precious metals and precious metal goods in trade. It was his duty to produce weights used in minting and often he would also be charged with the safekeeping of minting irons when they were not used in producing specie. The first Wardein to be so called worked in mining. They were chemists working in mines and smelting facilities, where they were called on for their know-how in metallurgy. Frequently they doubled as goldsmiths and were required to separate auriferous silver from base metal.
Georg Schierer, (-30.10.1634), Gold and Silversmith. Some of his finest works the so-called Akeleipokal, a parcel-gilt cup and cover, are showcased in the British Museum and at Windsor Castle.
Franz Schierer von Waldheim, (*10.2.1819 - 20.2.1865). Member of the Viennese Municipal Council, Honorary Member of diverse Choirs, Great Golden Medal awarded by the Emperor Franz Josef II. for art in 1861. and Coffee house owner. Famous choir singer and writer. From 1848 member of the 1. Wiener Männergesangsverein (MGV), 2nd bass of the male vocals Association. Committee Member from 1855-1856 and later Director from 1859 until his death in 1865 (successor N. Dumba). Under his leadership, the first song festival in Austria took place in 1861 in Lower Austria, Krems and Stein. Schierer received the honorary award of the Association held in the same year at the singer Festival in Nuremberg, Germany. Founder of the Lower Austrian Choral Society in 1863. Erection (together with J. Herbeck) of the Schubert Memorial in Stadtpark, Vienna. In 1863 Franz Schierer suggested the establishment of folk concerts of the Vienna MGV. In 1864, the first Federal Song Festival of the Austrian singer Confederation took place in Wiener Neustadt.
^: “Nürnberger Künstlerlexikon: Bildende Künstler, Handwerker, Gelehrte”, Manfred H. Grieb, Seite 1327, Nürenberg, August 2007.
^S 168, 190, "Musikgeschichte des Stiftes Kremsmünster", Altman Kellner, Bärenreiter Verlag Kassel und Basel, 1956
^“Die Inschriften des Bundeslandes Kärnten - Anmerkungen zu den Inschriftenträgern im Bezirk St. Veit an der Glan – die Grab- und Gedächtnisdenkmäler”, Friedrich W. Leitner, Seite 201, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1982, Landesmuseum für Kärnten. Grabplatte von Meister Martin Paccobello zu St. Veit an der Glan im Pfarrhof. Katalognummer 663.