Lord Lamprecht, Knight of Attinghausen

Life Sketch
Lord Lamprecht, Knight of Attinghausen appears to be the earliest known lord of the Castle of Attinghausen. He is possibly the founder of the castle, as well as one of the founders of the church in Attinghausen.

He was likely born before the year 1100. The ruins of the original Attinghausen Castle have been dated by archaeologists to around the year 1100, which is consistent with thinking that Lamprecht may have been the founder.

The exact genealogy around Lamprecht is uncertain. He appears in the ancient Necrology of Attinghausen on November 26 (likely his date of death) where he is identified as “Herr Lamprechts eines Ritters von Attighausen” which translates to Lord Lamprecht, Knight of Attinghausen. Lamprecht cannot be identified with any other noble families in central Switzerland, and is likely a member of the founding family of the castle.

According to The History of the Barons of Attinghausen and Schweinsberg by Theodor Von Liebenau, and supported by the ancient church books of Attinghausen, we know the names of three very early lords of Attinghausen: Albrecht, Heinrich. If Lamprecht is indeed the founder of the castle, then Heinrich and Albrecht likely represent the generations between him and Werner I, the Baron of Attinghausen. There is no way to determine if Heinrich is Albrecht’s father, or vice versa.

The names of two early wives of this family are also known: Bertha and Othilia. But it is impossible to know if either were married to Lamprecht, or if they were married to his son or grandson.

Vital Information

Name: Lord Lamprecht, Knight of Attinghausen
Sex: Male
Birth: Before 1100
Residence: Attinghausen Castle
Offices: Knight of Attinghausen
Death: November 26 of an unknown year

Family Members

Father: Unknown, but Lamprecht could be a descendant of the Alemanni tribesmen who entered the valley of Uri several centuries earlier.
Mother: Unknown
Siblings: Unknown

Spouse: Unknown, but possibly Bertha or Othilia
Children: Unknown, but possibly Albrecht of Attinghausen or Heinrich of Attinghausen.


  • Lamprecht of Attinghausen is mentioned in Theodor Von Liebenau’s “History of the Barons of Attinghausen and Schweinsberg”
  • There’s a discussion of Lamprecht’s entry in the ancient churchbooks in “Die Burgruine Attinghausen” by Helmi Gasser, in Volume 102 (2011) of Historisches Neujahrsblatt, a Swiss history journal.
  • Lamprecht appears in the ancient Necrology of Attinghausen on November 26 (likely his date of death) where he is identified as “Herr Lamprechts eines Ritters von Attighausen”.
  • There’s a debate over the origins of the Barons of Attinghausen. Lamprecht’s appearance in such ancient church records supports the hypothesis that the Attinghausen Castle was built by an ancient Alemanni family that lived in Uri (and were not outside colonizers).

    1. […] January 5 – Voli von Schweinsberg January 15 – Cuonrads des sigriften von Attighusen January 18 – Walther Zem Brunnen was hie Landammann, und Ita fin Huffrow et omnium puerorum February 20 — Cuonrad ze dem brunnen March 1 – Her Diethelms von Attighusen March 23 – Frow Hemmon Her Wernhers ana von Attighusen (Another entry for a Werner Von Attinghausen and his ancestor (or perhaps grandmother) who was named Hemmon or Hemma.) April 23 – Her Eglofs von Schweinsberg April 27 – Her Heinricus von Attighusen May 9 – Dorade Beroldinger, was ammen zum brunnen feligen Huffrow (Some historians have taken this note to mean Dorothea Beroldinger was the second wife of Walter Zumbrunnen. But I think the Ammann Zumbrunnen may well refer to Landammann Burkhard Zumbrunnen, who was so closely identified with his office.) June 7 – Her Vuolrichs von Attighusen, was der Herren vatter July 15 – Frow Berchton von Attighusen August 13 – Her Wernhers von Attighusen, unnd Landamman ze Vre (as all four men named Werner Von Attinghausen are all thought to have been Landammann, it’s hard to know which one this is meant to refer to) August 15. Herrn Rudolfs von Attighusen September 3 – Rudolf ze dem Brunnen. (I do not know where Rudolf Zumbrunnen fits in the family tree.) Herrn Uolrichs der Herren Bruder von Attighusen September 21 – Her Uolrich von Attighusen October 3 – Agnesen von Wallis, Eglofs von Attighusen wirtin. October 31 -Her Wenhers von Attinghusen Ritter (it’s hard to know which Werner this refers to, but as this is an old styling of his title, it suggests it could be the first Werner.) November 7 Johanns Her Eglofs sun von Attighusen November 11. Her Albrechts von Attighusen November 14. Frow Elsbeth von Kempten, was her Diethelmds frow von Attighusen. November 17. Frow Betchen von Attighusen, Her Eglofs tochter. (This note seems to suggest that this Bertha Von Attinghausen was the daughter of Egloff and likely named after her ancestor, the Lady Bertha. That she is identified as a Frow and not a Domina (lady) further suggests the distinction.) November 26. Herr Lamprechts eins ritters von Attighusen […]

    2. […] Lord Lamprecht, Knight of Attinghausen ║ 1100s ║ ║ Albrecht of Attinghausen ║ Heinrich of Attinghausen ║ Werner, Baron of Attinghausen ════╦════ Richenza von Löwenstein ║ ╔═══════════════════════╩═══════════════════════╗ ║ ║ Werner II Waltert Von Attinghausen Zumbrunnen 1200s ║ ║ ║ Zumbrunnen Family Tree ║ ╔══╩══════════════════════╦══════════════════════════╗ ║ ║ ║ Ulrich Richenza Conrad Von Attinghausen m. Von Brunberg Von Attinghausen & Von Schweinsberg and Pundt & Von Schweinsberg ║ ║ ╔══╩════════════════╦═══════════════╗ ║ ║ ║ ║ ║ Werner I Rudolf Ulrich Egloff Von Attinghausen V. Atting. V. Atting. ║ & Von Schweinsberg & V. Schwein. & V. Schwein. ╔═══╩════╗ ║ ║ ║ ╔═══╩════════╦═════════════╦═══════════╗ Johannes Bertha, ║ ║ ║ ║ Elizabeth Werner II Conrad Anne ║ Von Diethelm Elisabeth Attinghausen Von Schweinsberg ════╦════ Von Kempten ║ ║ 1300s ╔══╩════════════╦══════════╦══════════╦══════════════╗ ╚═══════╗ ║ ║ ║ ║ ║ ║ Johann Anna Ursula Margarita Willlebirgis ║ Von m. Johann m. Johann m. Rudolf m. von ║ Attinghausen von Rudenz von Simpeln von Freiberg Grunenberg ║ ║ ║ ║ ╔════════╩═══╗ ║ Diethelm II Thuring Jacob von Schweinsberg Von Attinghausen ║ ╔══════════════════╦═══════╩═════════╗ ║ ║ ║ Conrad Rudolf Ulrich von Schweinsberg von Schweinsberg von Schweinsberg ║ ╔══════════════╦═════════╦══╩════════╦══════════╦════════════╗ ║ ║ ║ ║ ║ ║ Thuring Kungold Anna Anastasia Adelheid Elizabeth von m. Ulrich m. Ulrich m. Conrad Schweinsberg v. Walstetten v Grunenberg von Burgenstein ║ 1400s ║ ╔═╩═══════════════╦════════════════╗ ║ ║ ║ Johann Benignola Ursula von Schweinsberg m. Ulrich von Balmoos […]

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