Landammann Walter Zumbrunnen

Life Sketch
Walter Zumbrunnen was the son of Walter Zumbrunnen and Hemma Fürst. He was likely born in the late 1300s.

Walter rose to prominence in Uri. He became one of Uri’s representatives to the Swiss diet in 1431 and became the Landammann of Uri in 1434. He was the third Zumbrunnen man to serve as landammann. He remained in the role until 1437 or 1438.

He was involved in a couple major actions as Landammann, including a treaty between the communities of Lucerne and Nidwalden over fishing rights in Lake Lucerne. In 1435, he made a major war loan to Lucerne. According to the records, he personally delivered the loan (in gold coins).

He married Idda von Bramberg, said to be of an illustrious family from Lucerne. He owned land in both Schattdorf (presumably inherited from his mother Hemma Fürst) and in Attinghausen. Walter and Idda made a major donation to the St. Andreas Church in Attinghausen to establish a sort of religious-charitable foundation (the exact nature is unclear to me). They are thus recorded in the Necrology of the St. Andreas Church.

He died sometime after 1439. Walter is the first Zumbrunnen man to have an entry in the modern online version of the Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (in German), although earlier generations were included in the old print versions.

Vital Information

Name: Walter Zumbrunnen
Sex: Male
Birth: Late-1300s
Residence: Attinghausen and Schattdorf
Offices: Landammann 1434-38; diet representative 1431-39.
Death: After 1439

Family Members

Father: Walter Zumbrunnen
Mother: Hemma Furst
Siblings: None known

Spouse: Idda Von Bramberg
Children: Johann Zumbrunnen, Johann Zumbrunnen the younger, Margarita Zumbrunnen Zumberg


  • Walter Zumbrunnen entry (translated to English) in the print version of the Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  • Walter Zumbrunnen entry (in German) in the online version of the Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  • Walter Zumbrunnen entry in the Nobiliaire Militaire Suisse
  • Walter Zumbrunnen entry at (free registration required). His birth year is estimated as 1395.
  • Walter Zumbrunnen entry at Stammler Genealogie
  • Walter Zumbrunnen entry at genealogy website
  • Walter Zumbrunnen is included in Bucelin’s genealogy of the Zumbrunnen family from the 1600s. (He is in the eighth generation of people; his name is written in Latin as “VValtherus, five VValthardus Junior zum Brunnen.”)
  • Walter and Idda are recorded in the Necrology of the St. Andreas Church for a donation they made establishing a foundation.

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