House of Koháry
|House of Koháry|
|Country||Kingdom of Hungary
Archduchy of Austria
|Final ruler||Ferencz József Koháry de Csábrág|
|Dissolution||1826 with the death of Ferencz Jószef Koháry|
|Cadet branches||House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Koháry|
The origin of the family is in Zala County. 1470 a Georg Koháry is mentioned on the court of King Matthias I. Corvinus. The first notable member of the family was Peter Koháry (1564–1629) who was rewarded the Baronet of Csábrág by Ferdinand II. and became commander of the fortress Neuhäusel. His son Stephan I. Koháry (1616–1664) fought against the Turks and died in the battle of Levenz.
Counts and generals
Stephan II. Koháry (1649–1731) became 1685 the first count in his family. He fought against the Ottoman Empire and the Kuruc. After his death his fortune went to his nephew Andreas Koháry (1694–1757). All Kohárys had been officers and generals for the Habsburg emperors.
Stephan II. Koháry (1649–1731)
At the death of Ferenc József, his only surviving child, a daughter named Mária Antónia (1797–1862), was proclaimed "heiress of the name" (fíúsított). When she married in 1816 (January 2), her husband Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha took the name Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Koháry. Among the descendants of Mária Antónia and Ferdinand are the last emperor of Austria (Charles I), the last three kings of Portugal (Luis I, Carlos I, Manuel II), and the last three kings of Bulgaria (Ferdinand I, Boris III, Simeon II).
Ferencz József Koháry de Csábrág first and last Prince of Koháry.
Maria Antonia Koháry de Csábrág, his daughter and heirress.
Notable members of the family
- István Koháry (1649–1731)
- Ferenc József Koháry, 1st Fürst von Koháry (1767–1826)
- Maria Antonia Koháry de Csábrág (1797–1862)
The Kohárys belonged among the magnates of Hungary. Their holdings were calculated to be around 150,000 hectares, making Princess Maria Antonia Koháry de Csábrág one the richest heiresses in Europe at the time of her marriage to Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
Ebenthal, Lower Austria, acquired 1722 by Count Andreas Koháry.
Walterskirchen castle near Poysdorf, Lower Austria, acquired 1733 by Count Andreas Koháry.
Dürnkrut, Austria, acquired 1779
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