Mathias Franz Graf von Chorinsky Freiherr von Ledske
|Bishop of Brno, Count of Chorinsky Baron of Ledske|
Bishop Mathias Franz, Count of Chorinsky Baron of Ledske
|Coat of arms|
4 October 1720|
Pačlavice, Moravia, Habsburg Empire
30 October 1786 (aged 66)|
Kuřim, Moravia, Habsburg Empire
|Buried||Brno, Moravia, Habsburg Empire|
House of Chorinsky (Chorinský)|
House of Ledske (Ledské)
|Father||Franz Karl, Freiherr von Chorinsky und Ledske (Baron of Chorinsky and Ledske)|
|Mother||Maria Catherina, Freiin Kottulinsky von Kottulin und Krzizkowitz (Baroness Kottulinsky of Kottulin and Krzizkowitz)|
Mathias Franz Graf von Chorinsky Freiherr von Ledske (in English: Mathias Franz Count of Chorinsky Baron of Ledske; Latin: Mathias Franciscus Comes de Chorinsky Liber Baron de Ledske; Czech: Matyáš František hrabě z Chorinský svobodný pán z Ledské), 4 October 1720 in Patzeslawitz (Pačlavice) – 30 October 1786 in Gurein (Kuřim), Moravia, Holy Roman Empire, was first Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brünn (Brno), Imperial and Royal Actual-Privy-Counsellor (German title k.u.k. Wirklicher Geheimer Rat) on the Imperial and Royal Privy Council of the Habsburg monarchy and with his equally eminent brothers the first Counts of Chorinsky.
Family history and biography
Mathias Franz is descendant from an eminent and ancient Bohemian-Moravian-Silesian noble house well known in this region since the 15th century, with earlier origins leading into the Piast dynasty of Poland and a Chorynski branch of the "Abdank szlachta" nobility, in 1293 two noble Knight’s Babeslaus de Chorinsky and his son Laticus de Chorinsky served at the court of Henry V, Duke of Legnica and Duke of Silesia, seated in the Duchy of Silesia.
The earliest known ancestral seat or dominion, among many others later acquired across the Bohemian-Moravian-Silesian lands, was Chorin (Choryně) with its dominion in the Zlin region (Zlínský kraj) and Fortress Ledske with its dominion in the Königgrätz region (Hradec Králové Region) where today only remnants of the fortification can be found, today the municipality is named Velká Ledská (Great Ledska) in present-day Czech Republic.
Already established and recognized for centuries earlier with high esteem within the Holy Roman Empire, Mathias Franz together with his equally eminent brothers were each venerated for their own exceptional services to the Bohemian Crown and exalted to first Counts of Chorinsky in Vienne on 12 December 1761 by Empress of the Holy Roman Empire and Archduchess Maria Theresia in her sovereignty as Queen regnant of Bohemia.
Mathias Franz studied in Olmütz (Olomouc), on 5 April 1743 he was ordained Priest, later that same year he became Canon of the collegiate chapter of St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Brünn (Brno) and in 1752 the Dean. On 16 October 1769 Mathias Franz received episcopal consecration as Titular Bishop of Samaria and Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Königgrätz (Hradec Králové), in 1776 Auxiliary Bishop of Olmütz (Olomouc). Sponsored and nominated for Bishop of Brünn (Brno) on 18 May 1777 by then Empress regnant Maria Theresia of the Holy Roman Empire, Pope Pius VI confirmed his appointment on 5 December 1777 as first bishop of the newly established Roman Catholic Diocese of Brünn (Brno), and in that same year he was officially installed in Brünn (Brno). In 1778 he became Imperial and Royal Actual-Privy-Counsellor (German title k.u.k. Wirklicher Geheimer Rat) on the Imperial and Royal (German k.u.k.) Privy Council of the Habsburg monarchy.
His parents were Franz Karl Baron of Chorinsky and Ledske (German Franz Karl Freiherr von Chorinsky und Ledske) and first wife Maria Catherina Baroness Kottulinsky of Kottulin and Krzizkowitz (German Maria Catherina Freiin Kottulinsky von Kottulin und Krzizkowitz). From his father’s first marriage stem four sons and three daughters, and upon the death of his first wife, one son from his father’s second marriage to Maria Anna Countess of Hallweil (German Maria Anna Gräfin von Hallweil). His father was Imperial and Royal Chamberlain (German title k.u.k. Kämmerer) and Counsellor (German k.u.k. Rat) on the Imperial and Royal Council of the Habsburg monarchy, as well as Imperial Governor of the Hradischer Kreis (Hradištský kraj) region in the Margraviate of Moravia, and Lord of the principalities Wesseli (Veselí) and Patschlawitz (Pačlavice).
Coat of arms
Blazon, altered and adopted post-1761: Gold (Or) shield, with two bison horns centred within, the right bison horn is black (Sable) with three silver (Argent) crayfish claws attached outwards, the left bison horn is silver (Argent) with three black (Sable) crayfish claws attached outwards, the shield (or mantel surrounding if present) is crowned with a nine pearl count-coronet ranking. The coat of arms is often found with a mantel surrounding; a purple cloak with ermine lining, tasselled and fringed with gold (Or) string, and shield supporters being two human male figures.
Some variations of the coat of arms are also seen with the addition of the bison horns represented again surmounted above a two-pearled leafed crown resting on a front facing barred Knight’s helmet with jewelled necklace (a similar blazon as found on the original coat of arms borne prior to addition of the count-coronet ranking post-1761).
As name spellings were fairly fluid between local vernaculars spoken and written in past history throughout this vast central Europe region, the foremost family name spelling "Chorinsky" is also found occasionally recorded in historical writings and documents as Chorynski, Chorensky, Chorenski, Chorynsky and Chorinska (the latter occasionally found for female members), as well as “Ledske” found written as Ledska, Ledetz and Letske.
Gloria Princess of Thurn and Taxis (née Gräfin von Schönburg-Glauchau), from the German Princely House of Thurn und Taxis, has paternal ancestors from the House of Chorinsky-Ledske. Her paternal great-great grandfather is Victor Paul Graf von Chorinsky Freiherr von Ledske (1883–1901) and her paternal great-grandmother is Franziska (Fanny) Anna Gräfin von Chorinsky Freiin von Ledske (1876–1963).
- Photos of Veseli Castle-Chateau located in Veseli nad Moravou, once part of the Counts Chorinsky Barons of Ledske estates, a Czech Heritage Institute supervised private restoration project and information website, in Czech. Once a former moated 13th century castle, Veseli Chateau and its dominion was inherited in 1731 by Mathias Franz’s father Franz Karl Baron of Chorinsky and Ledske. It was later occupied by family descendants of Mathias Franz’s brother Franz Johann up until April 1945 prior to their exile and estate confiscation by the state of Czechoslovakia, whereby this branch of Count Chorinsky’s fled to Austria.
Notes and references
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- Adels-Lexikon (Nobility Lexicon), Author: Johann Christian von Hellbach, Publisher: Bernhard Friedrich Voigt, Ilmenau, 1825, Volume 1 A to K, Page 230, in German.
- Der Adel der böhmischen Krönländer: ein Verzeichnis derjenigen Wappenbriefe und Adelsdiplome welche in den Böhmischen Saalbüchern der Adelsarchives im k.k. Ministerium des Innern in Wien eingetragen sind (The Nobility of the Lands of the Bohemian Crown: a roster of the coat of arms and letters patent of nobility that are registered in the Bohemian Hall-books of nobility archives at the Imperial and Royal Ministry of Interior in Vienna), Author: August von Doerr, Publisher: Verlag von Fr. Rivnac, Prag (Prague), 1900, Page 196 and 246, in German.
- Neues Preussisches Adels-Lexicon (New Prussian Nobility Lexicon), Gebrüder Reichenbach, Leipzig, 1839, Supplement Volume/Vol. 5, Page 100-103, in German.
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- Brothers of Mathias Franz: (1). Franz Johann (b. 24 April 1725), (2). Johann Nepomuk (b. ?), (3). Ignaz Dominic (b. 20 August 1729), (4). Michael Wenzel (b. 4 December 1736); each Graf von Chorinsky Freiherr von Ledske, except brother Johann Nepomuk who died in 1760 (prior to elevation to Counts in 1761) from fatal battle wounds received in the Battle of Torgau, held the hereditary birth name and title Freiherr von Chorinsky und Ledske. Sisters of Mathias Franz: (1) Maria Anna (b. 14 March 1716); (2) Josepha (b. ?); (3) Franziska (b. ?); each held the hereditary birth name and title Freiin von Chorinsky und Ledske.
- Geographisches Handbuch von dem östreichischen Staate: Böheim, Mahren, und Schlesien. (Geographical Handbook of the Austrian States: Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia.), Author: Ignaz de Luca, Publisher: J. B. Degen, Wien (Vienne), 1791, Volume 3, Page 66, 165, 219, 236, in German.
- Österreichisches Adels-Lexikon: des achtzehnten u. neunzehnten Jahrhunderts (Austrian Nobility Lexicon: of the eighteenth and nineteenth century), Author: Johann Georg Megerle von Mühlenfeld, Publisher: Mörscher and Jasper, Wien (Vienne), 1822, Page 15, in German.
- Der Schlesische Adel (The Silesian Nobility), Author: Johannes Sinapius, Publisher: Michael Rohrlach, Leipzig and Breslau, 1728, Volume 2, Page 563, in German.
- Orbis Polonus, splendoribus Coeli, Triumphis Mundi, pulcritudine Animantium, decore Aquitilium de condecoratus: in quo antiqua Sarmatarum Gentilia, pervetustæ Nobilitatis Poloniæ Insignia relucent, Author: Simon Okolski, Kraków, 1641-43, Volume 1, Page 722, in Latin.
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- Gothaisches Genealogisches Taschenbuch der Deutschen Gräflichen Häuser aus das Jahr 1828 (Almanach de Gotha; Gotha’s Genealogical Handbook of German noble (count) houses from the year 1828), Author: Justus Perthes, Publisher: Perthes-Verlag, Gotha, Page 35, in German.
- Die fürstlichen, gräflichen und freiherrlichen Familien des österreichischen Kaiserstaates (The princely, count and baron families of the Austrian Empire), Author: Jacob A. F. Hyrtl, Publisher: Schaumburg & Company, Wien (Vienne), 1852, Volume 2, Page 37-39, in German.
- Chronicon Alsatiae (Edelsasser Chronick), Author: Bernhart Hertzogs, Publisher: Johann Fischart, Straßburg (Strasbourg), 1592, in German and Latin.
- The Diocese of Brno, official website, in Czech.