d' Ursel is the name of an important old Belgian noble family of German origin. The chief of the House is styled the Duke of Ursel, others are Count d'Ursel.
|House of Ursel|
|Country|| Holy Roman Empire|
|Current head||Stéphane, 10th Duke of Ursel|
The Ursel family roots are in Schmalkalden, Germany, and it originally had the name Schetzenbergh. In the late 15th century, some members moved to Hasselt and Antwerp. Amongst the family members we find Gaspard II Schetz, the Lord of Grobbendonck, who married Catherine van Ursel, daughter of Lancelot II of Ursel. The three daughters of Lancelot II died without heirs, and by request of Barbe of Ursel, Conrad III Schetz was adopted by her. His descendants carrying the name 'van Ursel'. The ancestors of Lancelot II came from Antwerpen, and held important offices. Conrad Albert, Baron of Wesemael and Lord of Highene was created First Duke of Ursel by imperial decree of Charles VI in 19 August 1716 and later he was created First Duke of Hoboken on 24 April 1717.
During the centuries the family had the privilege of being the hereditary grand veneur and Haut Forestier of Flanders (Forestarius), a ceremonial function at court of the Count of Flanders.
Today the Ursel family still holds residence in a few important old castles like Hex Castle, property of count Ghislian d'Ursel and the large Castle of the Counts d´Ursel in Durbuy, descendants of Antony Schetz, Count of Durbuy. Moulbaix Castle, residence of the late Aymard, count d'Ursel was recently sold, after the last Countess d´Ursel passed away. Beerlegem Castle is the private residence of Count Hubert d'Ursel de Bousies, by marriage a descendant of Lopez-Maria Rodriguez d'Evora y Vega, 1st Marquess of Rode, the original Marquess of Rode. Another residence Smissenbroek Castle is the property of Count Augustin d'Ursel de Bousies, this castle comes from the same heritage of Rodriguez d'Evora y Vega and is family property since 1808.
The main summer residence of the family was d'Ursel Castle in Hingene, since the 18th century private property. Even today the main graveyard of the Dukes of Ursel is next to the church of Hingene. The successful restoration of the castle received the Flemish Heritage award.
Members of the House of Ursel are allied to many old and important noble houses of Belgium. Even today these unions give them a large network in society. They are allied and married to the house of von Lobkowicz, Zu salm, Thurn und Taxis, von Arenberg , de Clermont-Tonnerre , de La Trémoille, Cornet d'Elzius , De Croy, de Merode, de la Rochefoucauld, de Riquet, Prince de Caraman-Chimay, de Lannoy, d'Oultremont, von Schönburg-Glauchau, de Brouchoven de Bergeÿck, de Spoelberch, de Broqueville, Visart de Bocarmé, de Hemricourt de Grunne, von Hohenlohe, de Villenfagne de Vogelsanck, de Bèthune-Hesdigneul.
The head of the family still holds old recognised titles, given from father to son for generations.
Reinout van Ursel/Ursene is considered the first Knight of Ursel, he was married to Sapientia Vele Roggemans.
Simplified genealogy of the generations and direct line of Dukes of Ursel upon today.
Cadet family members are to beknown as Count or Countess d'Ursel.
Anthonie Schetz (1564, Antwerp - 1640 or 1641, Brussels), was a military commander in Spanish service during the Eighty Years' War. He was baron (and from 1637 count) of Grobbendonk, lord of Tilburg and Goirle, Pulle and Pulderbos, and Wezemaal. He was the military governor of 's-Hertogenbosch until the town was lost to the Dutch in 1629, captain of a cavalry regiment, and a knight of the order of Santiago.Bern
Bern or Berne (German: Bern [bɛrn] (listen), Alemannic German: Bärn [b̥æːrn], French: Berne [bɛʁn], Italian: Berna [ˈbɛrna], Romansh: Berna [ˈbɛrnɐ] (listen)) is the de facto capital of Switzerland, referred to by the Swiss as their "federal city", in German Bundesstadt, French ville fédérale, and Italian città federale. With a population of about 140,000 (as of 2019), Bern is the fifth-most populous city in Switzerland. The Bern agglomeration, which includes 36 municipalities, had a population of 406,900 in 2014. The metropolitan area had a population of 660,000 in 2000. Bern is also the capital of the canton of Bern, the second-most populous of Switzerland's cantons.
The official language in Bern is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German, but the most-spoken language is an Alemannic Swiss German dialect, Bernese German.
In 1983, the historic old town (in German: Altstadt) in the centre of Bern became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Charles-Joseph, 4th Duke d'Ursel
Charles-Joseph, 4th Duke d'Ursel and of Hoboken, Prince of Arches and Charleville and Count of Grobbendoncq (9 August 1777 in Brussels – 27 September 1860 in Hingene) was a statesman and minister in the United Kingdom of the Netherlands and later Belgium.Conrad III Schetz
Conrad (or Coenraad) Schetz de Grobbendonck, later Conrad d'Ursel (1553–1632) was a nobleman in the Habsburg Netherlands and in 1604–1609 the first ordinary ambassador to England for the Archdukes Albert and Isabella.Hex Castle
Heks Castle (Dutch: Kasteel van Heks) is a mansion in the village of Heks in the municipality of Heers, province of Limburg, Belgium.Hippolyte d'Ursel
Count Marie Hippolyte Adrien Ludovic d'Ursel (Brussels, 17 November 1850 – 9 December 1937) was a Belgian politician and historian.List of mayors of the City of Brussels
This is a list of mayors or burgomasters of the City of Brussels.Marie Joseph Charles, 6th Duke d'Ursel
Charles Joseph Marie, 6th Duke d'Ursel, OCIII (Brussels, July 3, 1848 – Strombeek-Bever, November 15, 1903), was a Belgian politician.Philippe d'Ursel
Philippe Marie Eugène, Count d'Ursel (28 June 1920 – 26 March 2017) was a Swiss-born Belgian alpine skier and a member of the Ursel family.
He was born in Bern, Switzerland in June 1920 and was a grandson of count Charles d'Ursel. d'Ursel competed at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz and finished 70th in a field of 111 competitors in the men's downhill event and 39th in a field of 78 competitors in the men's combined event. Count d'Ursel died in March 2017 in Oostkamp, Belgium at the age of 96.Schetz
Schetz or Schetz de Grobbendonk, originally von Schetzenbergh is a German Noble House. Most famous is the Flemish branch named Schetz, one of whose members became the first duke of Ursel.