Burkhard “Cicero” Zumbrunnen

Life Sketch
Burkhard “Cicero” Zumbrunnen was born in 1602, the son of Josue Zumbrunnen II and Barbara Hassin.

He was known for his cultural interests, particularly in history, and had the nickname “Cicero” after the Roman scholar. He became the chief clerk of Uri at the age of 28, and held the job from 1630 to 1669. He was also a captain in the military. From 1640-43 he was the church bailiff in Altdorf and from 1650 to 1669 he was a representative to the Swiss diet.

In 1663 he moved to Sargans to serve as the landvogt, or bailiff. During his tenure as bailiff, he lived in Sargans Castle and his name and Coat of Arms are still displayed upon the castle walls. He also served several times as an envoy. He married Ana Catharina Behsler with whom he had seven children.

Burkhard died on February 15, 1672 at the age of about 70.

According to the old editions of the Historical Dictionary of Switzerland there is a portrait of Burkhard that survives today. At the time the print edition was published, this portrait was owned by the Aschwanden-Jauch family in Zug, Switzerland.

Vital Information

Name: Burkhard Zumbrunnen
Sex: Male
Birth: 1602
Residence: Altdorf and Sargans
Offices: Landschreiber (chief clerk) of Uri from 1630-69; church bailiff in Altdorf, 1640-43; Landvogt (bailiff) of Sargans, 1663-65; representative to the Swiss diet, 1650 to 1669
Death: February 15, 1672

Family Members

Father: Josue Zumbrunnen II
Mother: Barbara Hassin
Siblings: Erasmus Zumbrunnen, Mansuetus IV Zumbrunnen, Magdalena Zumbrunnen, Barbara Zumbrunnen

Spouse: Ana Catharina Behsler
Children: Josue Zumbrunnen IV, Johann Karl Zumbrunnen, Ana Barbara Zumbrunnen, Burkhard Zumbrunnen, R.D. Franz Zumbrunnen, Maria Magdalena Zumbrunnen, Primus Zumbrunnen

Cousins: Landammann Johann Heinrich Zumbrunnen, Fr. Fridolin Zumbrunnen, Franz Zumbrunnen, Josue Zumbrunnen III, Johann Zumbrunnen

Second cousins: Caspar Zumbrunnen, Melchior Zumbrunnen, Franz Zumbrunnen, Catharina Zumbrunnen, Anna Maria Zumbrunnen, Balthasar Zumbrunnen, Madelaine Zumbrunnen, Mansuetus Zumbrunnen III, Joachim Zumbrunnen


  • Burkhard Zumbrunnen entry (translated to English) in the old print version Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  • Burkhard Zumbrunnen is mentioned in the Zumbrunnen entry (in German) of the online version of the Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  • Burkhard Zumbrunnen entry in the Nobiliaire Militaire Suisse
  • Burkhard Zumbrunnen entry at Zumbrunnen-family.ch genealogy website. There is a picture of his coat of arms that’s on display at the Sargans Castle.
  • Burkhard Zumbrunnen is included in Bucelin’s genealogy of the Zumbrunnen family from the 1600s. (He is the last person in the third line from the bottom; his name is written in Latin as “Burcardus Zum Brun”)

    1. […] BURKHARD, son of no. 15, born about 1602, chief clerk from 1630-1669, representative to the Swiss diet from 1650-1669, captain and church bailiff in Altdorf 1640-1643, bailiff to Sargans 1663-1665, envoy to the syndicate in 1638 (I don’t know what “the syndicate” would refer to.)and Bellenz in 1650. Died February 15, 1672. A portrait of Burkhard is in possession of the Aschwanden-Jauch family in Zug. (We must find this!!) […]

    2. […] men served as the landvogt of Sargans: Johann Zumbrunnen in 1466, Ulrich Zumbrunnen in 1494, Burkhard Zumbrunnen in 1663 and Josue Zumbrunnen in 1665. Apparently their names and Coat of Arms are on frescoes […]

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