House of Koháry

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House of Koháry
Coa Hungary Family Koháry.svg
Country Kingdom of Hungary
Archduchy of Austria
Founded 11th century
Founder György Koháry
Final ruler Ferencz József Koháry de Csábrág
Dissolution 1826 with the death of Ferencz Jószef Koháry
Cadet branches House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Koháry

Koháry was the name of an ancient Hungarian noble family[1] with seats at Csábrág and Szitnya, now Čabraď and Sitno Castle, and the palace of Svätý Anton in Slovakia.



The origin of the family is in Zala County. 1470 a Georg Koháry is mentioned on the court of King Matthias I. Corvinus.[2] 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[edit]

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.

Prince Koháry[edit]

On the 15th of November 1815, the head of the house, the then imperial chancellor Ferenc József (1760–1826), was made Fürst von Koháry (Prince Koháry)[3][4] by Emperor Francis I of Austria.

House Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Koháry[edit]

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).

Notable members of the family[edit]

Koháry palaces[edit]

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.


  1. ^ Reuben Percy, The Mirror of literature, amusement, and instruction, Volume 34, J. Limbird, 1839 [1]
  2. ^ Jurendende´s Mährischer Wanderer, Band 131
  3. ^ [2] Almanach de Gotha 1825
  4. ^ "Vienna Cathedral Archive"
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