House of Lynden
Van Lynden is one of the oldest families of the Dutch nobility, originating in the Duchy of Guelders. This family later gave rise to different branches. Most remained in the Netherlands and produced several Dutch politicians, ministers, and military leaders. One branch settled further south in the Prince-Bishopric of Liège, several members of whom became politicians, ministers, and religious and military leaders serving Liège, the Holy Roman Empire, and finally Belgium.
Coat of Arms
History of the family
The oldest van Lynden (Linde) is mentioned in the year 1307 ("Uradel"). The family takes its name from the village Lienden in the Dutch province of Gelderland. From 1620, the van Lynden family ruled in the County of Rekem, a territory with Imperial immediacy in the Lower Rhenish–Westphalian Circle of the Holy Roman Empire, until it was seized by France in 1793. Count John Nepomuk Gobert of Aspremont-Lynden received Baindt Abbey as compensation in 1802. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the family produced several notable politicians. Members carry the title of baron or count.
- Constantijn Theodoor van Lynden van Sandenburg, Prime Minister of the Netherlands.
- Herman de Lynden
- Ferdinand-Charles d'Aspremont Lynden, military for the Austrian Empire.
- Charles d'Aspremont Lynden, minister of agriculture of Belgium.
- Guillaume d'Aspremont Lynden, minister of foreign affairs of Belgium.
- Harold d'Aspremont Lynden, Belgian minister for African affairs.
- Claude d'Aspremont Lynden
- Jean d'Aspremont
This coat of arms is depicted in the medieval Gelre Armorial (folio 89v).
Places related to the family
- Ter Lede Castle, Lienden
- Aspremont-Lynden Castle in Rekem, Belgium (owned by the family 1579-1792)
- Barvaux-Condroz castle in Havelange, Belgium (owned by the family since 1680)
- Ry castle at Hamois, Belgium (today owned by the family)
- Mouffrin castle in Gemenne, Hamois, Belgium (today owned by the family)
- Aspremont palace in Vienna
- Aspremont Palace in Bratislava
- Lednické Rovne castle in Slovakia
- Rakoczi-Aspremont castle in Mád, Hungary
- Lednické Rovne manor, Slovakia
- 'Van Lynden', Nederland's Adelsboek 87 (1998),pp. 547–649.
- Detlev Schwennicke, Europäische Stammtafeln Band XXVIII (2012) Tafel 81.
- |Gelre Armorial folio 89v.