Hemma Fürst

Life Sketch
Hemma Fürst was the wife of Walter Zumbrunnen. Like Walter, she was probably born in the mid-1300s.

She was the daughter of Heinrich Fürst. According to some sources, her father was the Landammann of Uri, but no Heinrich Fürst served in that office. (The only Landammann in the 1300s named Heinrich was Heinrich Der Frauen.)

Hemma was a descendant of Walter Fürst, the famous Swiss patriot who is well known as one of the main characters in the story of William Tell. At some point in the late 1300s, she and Walter owned the ruins of the Attinghausen Castle. They had one known son, also named Walter.

Vital Information

Name: Hemma Fürst
Sex: Female
Birth: Mid-1300s
Residence: Born in Schattdorf, later lived in Attinghausen
Death: Unknown

Family Members

Father: Heinrich Fürst
Mother: Unknown
Siblings: Unknown

Spouse: Walter Zumbrunnen
Children: Walter Zumbrunnen, possibly Heinrich Zumbrunnen


  • Hemma Fürst in the Zumbrunnen entry Historical Dictionary of Switzerland
  • Hemma Fürst is in the Zumbrunnen entry in the Nobiliaire Militaire Suisse
  • Hemma Fürst entry at FamilySearch.org (free registration required). Her birth year is estimated as 1370.
  • Hemma Fürst entry at Stammler Genealogie
  • Hemma Fürst is mentioned in the Walter Zumbrunnen entry at Zumbrunnen-Family.ch genealogy website

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