Ursel family

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
noble family
Cooat of arms
CountryBanner of the Holy Roman Emperor (after 1400).svg Holy Roman Empire
Bandera cruz de Borgoña 2.svg Spanish Netherlands
Austrian Low Countries Flag.svg Austrian Netherlands

Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands

Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium
Founded15th century
FounderGaspar Schetz
Current headStéphane, 10th Duke of Ursel


Armoiries de la Maison d'Ursel
Coat of arms of the House of Ursel, containing 3 red Merlettes
Tucher Vrsel SIACOBS
Ambrosius Tucher and Mary of Ursel, Buried in St-James of Antwerp
Coat duLovis dUrsel king Arms Flanders
Louis d'Ursel: King of Arms of Flanders
Schetz Quartiers généalogiques des familles nobles des Pays-Bas
Schetz and Ursel in: Quartiers généalogiques des familles nobles des Pays-Bas.
Kasteel d Ursel Hingene
d'Ursel Castle, Hingene redesigned by the Italian architect Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni
20090710 durbuy46
The castle of Durbuy is a private residence of the Count d´Ursel, since the 18th Century.
Philippe Albert, Count d'Ursel
Philip Albert d'Ursel, (1668–1746)
Eleonore von Lobcowitz, Duchesse d'Ursel
Eleonore von Lobcowitz, Duchesse d'Ursel
Wolfgang, the 3rd Duke d'Ursel, Prince of Arche and Charleville, Count of Grobbendonk
Joseph d'URSEL1
Charles, the 6th Duke of Ursel was president of the Belgian Senate

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.[1]


Today the Ursel family still holds residence in a few important old castles like Hex Castle, property of count Ghislian d'Ursel[2] and the large Castle of the Counts d´Ursel in Durbuy, descendants of Antony Schetz, Count of Durbuy.[3] Moulbaix Castle, residence of the late Aymard, count d'Ursel was recently sold, after the last Countess d´Ursel passed away.[4] 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.[5][6] 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.[7][8]

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.[9]


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.[10]


The head of the family still holds old recognised titles, given from father to son for generations.

  • Count of Grobbendonk, by Imperial Decree, Ferdinand III since 1638.
  • Count of the Holy Empire, by Imperial Decree, Ferdinand III since 1638.
  • Duke of Ursel, by imperial Decree since 1716.
  • Duke of Hoboken, By imperial Decree since 1717.
  • Prince of Arches and Charleville; Principauté d'Arches, inherited from the Princes zu Salm.[11][12]


Descendants Renout, Mayors of Antwerpen

Reinout van Ursel/Ursene[13] is considered the first Knight of Ursel, he was married to Sapientia Vele Roggemans.

    • Lancelot of Ursel, Lord of Asscherayen (Asschereyen/As-Schreyhane), m. Joanne, lady of Corswarem.
    • John of Ursel, Schepene of Antwerpen, m. Beatrix d'Alleyns.
      • John II of Ursel, Lord Mayor of Antwerpen, m. Isabelle de Colesoyne
        • Lancelot I of Ursel, Schepene of Antwerpen, m. Cecilia, Lady of Diest
          • John III of Ursel, Schepene of Antwerpen, m. 1st Maria vander Voort, 2nd Mary Pots
            • Maria of Ursel, married Martin, son of Henri van de Werve.
            • Lancelot II of Ursel, Lord Mayor of Antwerpen, m. 1st. Barbara of Lier, 3rd Adriana Rockox, daughter of Adriaan Nicolaas Rockox.
              • Catherine of Ursel, m. Gaspard II Schetz, (1513–1580), oldest son of Erasmus II Schetz, Lord of Grobbendonk.
              • Mary of Ursel, died 1601: marr. Ambrose Tucher, buried inside St-James.
                • Robrecht Tucher: Married Julianna Schetz, daughter of Conrad II Schetz.
                  • Joannes II Antonius Tucher: Lord Mayor of Antwerp.
              • Barbe of Ursel, last heir of her father Lancelot II, she adopted her nephew, as heir of Ursel, Conrad III Schetz, (1553–1632) 1st Baron of Hoboken.

Barons of Hoboken

Conrad III Schetz, (1553–1632), 1st Baron of Hoboken was the son of Gaspard II and Catharina van Ursel. He named himself Conrad d'Ursel after 1617.

    • Conrad, 1st Count of Ursel, 2nd Baron of Hoboken, Vicomte of Vives-St-Eloy (1592-1659) : became a Count of the Holy Roman Empire by Imperial Decree of Ferdinand III in 1638. Married to Anne Maria, daughter of Jean de Roblès, 1st Count of Annappes and former Noble Canonesse of Nivelles.[14]
      • François, 2nd Count of Ursel, 3rd Baron of Hoboken (1626 - 1696): Grand Forrestier of Flanders, in service of Charles II of Spain, married to Honorine, Lady of Hornes-Bassignies.
        • Anne-Hyacinthe d'Ursel: married to François-Sigmund, son of Lamoral II Claudius Franz, Count of Thurn and Taxis
        • Marie-Françoise d'Ursel †1720: married to Guillaume Henri de Mélun, Marquess of Richebourg.
        • Angélique-Florence d'Ursel: married the Marquess de Bournonville.
        • Conrad-Albert, 1st Duke d'Ursel (1665–1738)

Duke of Hoboken (Imperial Decree of 1717)

Simplified genealogy of the generations and direct line of Dukes of Ursel upon today.[15]

Austrian an Holland period

Conrad-Albert, 1st Duke d'Ursel (1665–1738):
He married to Eleonore Christine Elisabeth zu Salm, daughter of Charles Theodore, Prince of Salm and noble lady of the Starry Cross.[14]

    1. Charles, 2nd Duke d'Ursel (1717–1775):[14]
      married to Eleonora von Lobkowicz, daughter of Georg Christian, Fürst von Lobkowitz and Henriette von Waldstein-Wartenburg (1702 - 1780).
      1. Wolfgang-William, 3rd Duke d'Ursel (1750–1804).[14]
        1. Charles-Joseph, 4th Duke d'Ursel (1777–1860): [14]

Belgian Kingdom

Charles-Joseph, 4th Duke d'Ursel (1777–1860): [14]
Married to Louise-Victoire, princess di Masserano.

    1. Léon, 5th Duke d'Ursel (1805 – 1878).[16]:
      married to Sophie d'Harcourt (1812-1842), daughter of Eugène, Duke of Harcourt.
      1. Marie Charles Joseph, 6th Duke d'Ursel (1848 – 1903).[16]
        1. Robert-Marie, 7th Duke d'Ursel ( 1873 – 1955):
          1. Henri, 8th Duke d'Ursel, (1900 – 1974):
            1. Antonin, 9th Duke d'Ursel, (1925 - 1989)[17]
              1. Stéphane, 10th Duke d'Ursel, (1971 -)
                1. Matisse, Count d'Ursel. (2001-)

Count d'Ursel

Cadet family members are to beknown as Count or Countess d'Ursel.


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  3. ^ "Streekproductenmarkt in het kasteel van Durbuy". Les Villas de Durbuy (in Dutch). Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  4. ^ "Grond kopen, kasteel gratis erbij". hln.be (in Dutch). Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  5. ^ Penninck, Tekst en foto's Pierre. "Kunst & Zwalm stelt buitengewoon kunstparcours op in Zwalmstreek". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 2017-12-27.
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  7. ^ Bever, Johan Van. "Regio Zottegem - Nieuws uit Herzele, Oosterzele, Sint Lievens Houtem en Zottegem - Adellijk huwelijk in Oosterzele". www.regiozottegem.be. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  8. ^ "Kasteel Smissenbroek". Inventaris Onroerend Erfgoed (in Dutch). Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  9. ^ "Kasteeldomein d'Ursel winnaar van Vlaamse Monumentenprijs 2014". hln.be (in Dutch). Retrieved 2017-12-27.
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  11. ^ "d'Ursel (Famille)". search.arch.be. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
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  13. ^ Annuaire de la noblesse de Belgique, Volume 21
  14. ^ a b c d e f Short historical overview of the d’Ursel family, retrieved 21 October 2009
  15. ^ Zomers in Hingene. Het kasteel d'Ursel en zijn bewoners/ ISBN 9789058268747
  16. ^ a b Melville Henry Massue Ruvigny et Raineval The Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal: Being a Complete Table of All the Descendants Now Living of Edward III, King of England, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1994, ISBN 0-8063-1436-2, ISBN 978-0-8063-1436-5. Page 461
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  18. ^ "ODIS". www.odis.be. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  19. ^ "Nieuwe Belgische ambassadeur bij Heilige Stoel". Kerknet. 2016-02-17. Retrieved 2017-12-27.

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Anthonie II Schetz

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 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 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.

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