Leonhard III. von Harrach

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Leonhard III. von Harrach

Death: December 2, 1527
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Son of Leonhard II. von Harrach and Margaretha Perner von und zu Rauchenschaden
Husband of Barbara von Gleinitz
Father of Leonhard IV von Harrach, Freiherr zu Rohrau and Ursula von Harrach

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About Leonhard III. von Harrach

Leonhard III von Harrach, acquired Rohrau Castle.

The Harrach family first appeared in southern Bohemia in the 13th century, later in neighbouring Mühlviertel, including the wealthy town of Freistadt. The Harrachs owned estates in Styria and Carinthia at one time, but their main interests shifted to Vienna (see Palais Harrach) and Lower Austria.

Leonhard III von Harrach inherited the castle and in 1524, during the Counter-Reformation, his son Leonhard IV took the side of the Catholics. He was granted nobility in 1552 and, in 1584, the Order of the Golden Fleece. In 1586, he retired after 55 years of service to the court of Vienna and devoted himself to the Rohrau castle. He died in 1590 and was buried in the Augustinian Church, Vienna.

In 1593, the Turks stormed the castle. The damage was repaired in 1599–1605 and is documented in the family's archives.


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