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Maarten Schenk van Nydeggen

Also Known As: "Schenck", "van Nydeggen", "Schanck", "Schenkvannijdeck", "van Nijdeck", "von Nydeck", "Schenck van Nydeck", "Schenckvannydeck"
Birthdate: (46)
Birthplace: Goch, Geldern (Guelders), now Germany
Death: August 11, 1589 (46)
Nijmegen, Netherlands (jumped into the river, and drowned)
Place of Burial: St. Stephen's Church
Immediate Family:

Son of Dederick Dericksz Schenck van Nydeggen and Anna van Baerlaer
Husband of Maria van Gelre
Father of Frederik Schenck van Nydeck and Frederica Schenck
Brother of Peter Dedericksz Schenck van Nydeck; Johann Schenck van Nydeck; Maria Margarethe Schenck van Nydeggen and Maria Magdalena Schenck van Nydeck

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About Maarten Schenk van Nydeggen

wikipedia account in English

He built Schenkenshanz and then lost his life attacking Nimmigen while trying to escape danger. There seem to be two accounts: 1) involves drowning 2) hanging (note: It is doubtful that a drowned man is hanged)

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  • Maarten was de zoon van Derick Schenk van Nydeggen en Anna van Berlaer (von Beslaer). Hij trouwde met Maria van Gelre, die overleden is in 1616 en begraven in de kerk van Goch. Hun dochter was Frederica Schenk, die eveneens begraven werd in de kerk van Goch. Oorspronkelijk was Schenk in Staatse dienst, maar in 1576 nam hij Kasteel Bleijenbeek in als gevolg van een erfenisconflict; de Staten van Gelre wilden dit niet erkennen, en dit zette Schenks verhouding met de Staatsen onder druk.

A little history - Bleijenbeek Castle was built around 1350 as a moated farm with a simple keep. A Van Mirlaer family resided there. In 1405 the castle became property of a Wynant Schenck. During the 15th century the keep was replaced by a heavier square keep and the castle was enlarged by a residential hall, a curtain wall and two corner towers; a square and a round one. Also in the 16th century the castle was enlarged with another residential building and new moats.

In 1579 the castle was occupied by Maarten Schenck van Nydeggen. In 1589 it was severely damaged and plundered during a siege by the Spaniards.

1. Maarten SCHENCK (zie V.11 krijgs-overste, geboren circa 1540 te Goch, overleden op 10-08-1589 te Nijmegen. Verdronken in de Waal. Bron: Schenkenschanz, de sleutel van den Hollandschen tuin (Museum Haus Koekkoek, Kleve); Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek (Frederica genoemd, Jan niet), zoon van Derick SCHENCK van NYDEGGEN (zie IV.4) en van BAERLAER.

Gehuwd met Maria van GELRE.

Uit dit huwelijk:

1. Frederica. Jong gestorven.

2. Jan. Volgens het boek Kastelen in Limburg (p.152) is Jan een zoon van krijgsheer Maarten. Jan zou uit Afferden zijn gekomen en zich hebben gevestigd in Sevenum in de eerste helft van de tachtig jarige oorlog en mogelijk de stichter van het huis Schenkenborg te Sevenum zijn geweest. Een onwaarschijnlijke hypothese: uit diverse bronnen blijkt dat de in Sevenum actieve Jan Schenck een broer is van de daar ook wonende Martin Schenck. Deze laatste is weer een broer van Hendrick Schenck, een zoon van Derich Schenck, de scholtis van het ambt Kessel, gehuwd met Henrisken van de Velden.


1. Henrick Ferber translated to English Drs. Marijke T. Neugerer, History of the family of Schenck von nydeggen 1225-1860 in particular of the Warlord Martin Schenk von Nydeggen (Reprint, 1987 Gateway Press Inc., Orginally 1860, Cologne & Neuss), pg. 86. " Important>>In regard to the ancestry of the warlord Martin von Nyeggen, the most erroneous views have been expounded; de Leeuwen even maintained in his Batavia Illustrata that he was a descendant of the Knight of Otto Schenk von Neydeggen, Lord of Walbeck and Drost of Wachtendonk.

With the aid of authentic deeds found in the Archives of Haag Castle, with which von Spaen agrees as he confirms and adds to them in the handwritten papers he has left us, we obtain complete certainty about Schenck's ancestry.

Martin Schenck is descended from the line at Blyenbeck and is the great-grandson of the much discussed Knight Derick Schenk von Nydeggen and his concubine and maidservant Aelheit Cüdsters. Their oldest son, Derick Schenk married to Maria von Galen from the family of the same name in Gelre, had a son whose name was also Derick Schenk. The latter was married with a von Berlaer, and the father of out Martin Schenk von Nydeggen. Martin was apparently born at Goch, where his father lived (and from where he attempted the attack on Blyenbeck) when however cannot be ascertained in the absence of church register.

We only know that he was at the time of his death still "young in years" He may have been born in the 40' of the 16th century

Martins sibling's are mentioned...Peter...Johann...Maria Margareth...Maria Magdalena...Martin.....

Martin was married to Maria von Gelre, the daughter of the Lord of Arben, Derick von Gelre and Friederica von Rechtern zu Vorst und Keppel. She gave him a daughter, Friederica, who died young. She is buried with her mother, ...

Martin owned a house in Goch, located at the city wall before the Mühlenthor. It is said to have been quite impressive since it demanded an annual rent of 96 guilders; for nonpayment therefof, this same house was placed in the court's trusteeship, that means the court foreclosed on the house in 1590."

2. Benjamin Robinson Schenck, M. D; compiled from notes & records of Adrain Adelbert Schenck, Ancestors and Descendants OF Rulef Schenck, A Genealogy of the Onondaga co., NY, Branch of the Schenck Family , Detroit, Michigan. 1911 , pg. 26-7. "

However, from 1559 until the death of Martin Schenck van Nydeck (29A), in 1589, during which years the war between Spain and the Netherlands tore the country into shreds, there was constant fighting between the forces of Martin and those of van der Lippe for possession of Blyenbeck. These knights were first on the one side and then on the other, Martin for the most part fighting against Spain and Catholicism, for the sake of the Netherlands and protestantism.

Many interesting events in the life of Martin are related by Motley in his The United Netherlands and in the pamphlet The Blyenbeck and Afferden Branch of the Family of Schenck van Nydeck, an excerpt from the Family of Schenck van Nydeggen, published in Cologne in i860. At the time of Martin's death, Blyenbeck was in the hands of the Spanish, and after much trouble Caspar van der Lippe, a son of Diderick van der Lippe, received an order from the Prince of Parma that the Spanish garrison should leave Blyenbeck and restore it to Caspar. A daughter of Caspar became heiress to the estate and by her marriage with Christoffle Schenck van Nydeck, Lord van Hillenrath, carried the ancient estates to that branch of the family."

3. by W. W. H. Davis, A.M., , HISTORY OF BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANI. The , 1876 and 1905, CHAPTER XIII, SOUTHAMPTON, 1703. "in a foot note is -

We have  seen a copy of the hangman's bill of expenses attending the execution of Sir Martin Schenck, in Holland, about 1589. He had some sort of    "on-pleasantness" with the powers that be, and to prevent further trouble 

he was turned over to the public executioner. The cost of putting him and three of his faithful soldiers out of the way was twenty-five guilders and fifteen stivers. It is a quaint old document."

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Maarten Schenk van Nydeggen's Timeline

Goch, Geldern (Guelders), now Germany
August 11, 1589
Age 46
Nijmegen, Netherlands

His drowned body was retrieved, decapitated, quartered and put on display: IOW made an example to those who would behave as he did...

St. Stephen's Church