Hans Buser

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Hans von Buus
Freiherr of Liestal
Reign 1536 – 1544
Predecessor Hans Buser
Successor Hans Buser III "Der Canis"
Born (1513-09-23)23 September 1513
Läufelfingen, Prince-Bishopric of Basel, Holy Roman Empire
Died 19 August 1544(1544-08-19) (aged 31)
Liestal, Prince-Bishopric of Basel, Holy Roman Empire
Burial Buus, Switzerland
Spouse Margarete von Sachsen (1518–1545)
Issue Hans Buser "Der Canis"
Religion Catholicism

Hans Buser (23 September 1513 – 19 August 1544), also known as Hans von Buus, was Freiherr of the Amt of Liestal from 1536 until his death in 1544.


Born in Läufelfingen, he was the first born son to Lord Hans Buser I. He had at least one brother, Oswald, and an unknown number of sisters. He was just 23 years old when his father died and he inherited his lands.[1]

His humble ancestors hailing from the small, local village of Buus in the Amt of Liestal, the young and ambitious Lord Buser sought to increase his family's wealth and influence in both the Prince-Bishopric of Basel and the Holy Roman Empire as a whole.[2] With his brother, he founded the city of Ziefen.[3][4] Using his political pull with the Prince-Bishop, he arranged a marriage to the last daughter of Johann von Sachsen, Margaret. By this connection to the royal family of the Empire, the marriage significantly increased his family's authority in the region and greater respect among the noble houses.[5][6]

He died at the age of 31 after falling ill to a fever. He had at least one son, Hans Buser III (1538-1584), who came to be known as "der Canis" for his bravery and death in the Cologne War in 1584.[7] In addition, he had two other sons, named Mathis and Martin Buser.[8] The Buser family was eventually displaced from Liestal during the Thirty Years' War, and Hans' great-grandson, Georg, moved the family to his maternal homeland in Saxony under the name of Bausser.[9] Most of the family remained there, while others emigrated to Philadelphia in the early 1700s under Matthias Bowser.[10] The town of Addison in Somerset County was mostly home to the Bausser family (which eventually was changed to Bowser), while others moved to Accident, Maryland.


  1. ^ J.J. Brodbeck, Gesch. der Stadt L.
  2. ^ History of Liestal, Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz
  3. ^ Anna Busser
  4. ^ Ziefen, Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz
  5. ^ J.J. Brodbeck, Gesch. der Stadt L.
  6. ^ Lexikon des Mittelalters, vol. IX, col. 50, Munich 1969–1999
  7. ^ Holborn, A History of Modern Germany, The Reformation, pgs. 287-290
  8. ^ "Choose your plan for accessing billions of records on MyHeritage". www.myheritage.com. Retrieved 2017-11-12. 
  9. ^ Addison B. Bowser, pg 8-10
  10. ^ Addison B. Bowser, Preface


  • Bowser, Addison Bartholomew (1922). The Bowser Family History. Chicago, IL: Excelsior Printing Co. 
  • Brodbeck, J.J. (1872). Geschichte der Stadt Liestal. 
  • Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz. 
  • Lexikon des Mittelalters, vol. IX, col. 50, Munich 1969–1999. 
  • Holborn, Hajo (1959). A History of Modern Germany, The Reformation. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.