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Anthonie Schetz (Schetz van Grobbendonck)

Also Known As: "goeverneur van 's Hertogenbosch"
Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Antwerp, Flemish Region, Belgium
Death: 1641 (76)
City of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
Immediate Family:

Son of Gaspar Schetz, heer van Grobbendonk and Catharina van Ursel
Husband of Barbara Kerremans and Maria van Malsen
Father of Ignatius Augustinus Schetz; Govaert Nicolaes Schetz; Lancelot Schetz; Conrad Hubert Schetz; Marie Charlotte Schetz and 8 others
Brother of Barbara Schetz; Lancelot Schetz, Herr zu Grobbendonk; Melchior Nicolaas Schetz van Grobbendonk; Jan Karel Schetz, chanoine de Liège; Conrad I Schetz van Ursel and 4 others
Half brother of Ysabeau Schetz, jr. and Agnes Schetz

Occupation: Heer van Tilburg, Goirle, Pulle, Pulderbos en Wezemaal
Managed by: George J. Homs
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About Anthonie Schetz, baron van Grobbendonk

Anthonie Schetz, Baron of Grobbendonk (1564, Antwerp - 1640 or 1641, Brussels) was a military commander of the Spanish-Imperial armies during the Thirty Years' War. He was baron (and from 1637 count) of Grobbendonk, lord of Tilburg and Goirle, Pulle and Pulderbos, and Wezemaal. Until 1629 he was Spain's military governor of 's-Hertogenbosch, captain of a cavalry regiment and a knight of the order of Santiago.

Early life

The son of Gaspar Schetz and Catharina d'Ursel from the noble Ursel family, he was baptised in Antwerp in August 1564. His parents had 21 children in total, of which 8 survived to adulthood. His father was from the Schetzenbergh family, a German patrician family from Schmalkalden, and he was the chief banker in Antwerp, financing several merchants such as his brothers Melchior and Balthazar, who traded to Russia and Brazil. Gaspar was also banker to Philip II of Spain, giving him a political role and making him a leading figure in the Antwerp of the second half of the 16th century.

[edit] Marriages

In 1582 Anthonie married Barbara Karremans and after her early death in 1604 he remarried to Maria van Malsen, daughter of Hubert van Malsen and heiress of Tilburg, a lordship in Goirle that through her father Hubert had been made allodial by paying the asking price of 8,000 guilders to outbid a previous lord from the related Van Haestrecht family - a century earlier it had been loaned to Joanna, Duchess of Brabant. This marriage made Antonie lord of Tilburg and Goirlie and after 1629, when 's-Hertogenbosch was handed over to the Dutch Republic, Schetz recognised the Republic as their owner and overlord.

Siege of 's-Hertogenbosch (Eighty Years' War)

As a Catholic, Schetz joined the Catholic side and by 1589 was governor of 's-Hertogenbosch. Under his leadership the city fought off two attempts at capture by Maurice of Nassau.

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Anthonie Schetz, baron van Grobbendonk's Timeline

August 1564
Antwerp, Flemish Region, Belgium
Age 40
Age 42
Age 46
's-Hertogenbosch, Noord-Brabant, Nederland
Age 48
Age 58
August 29, 1629
Age 65
's-Hertogenbosch, Noord-Brabant, Nederland
Age 65