Franz Karl Eusebius of Waldburg-Friedberg and Trauchburg

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Franz Karl Eusebius Count of Waldburg-Friedberg and Trauchburg (born August 23, 1701 in Dürmentingen , † July 6, 1772 in Salzburg ) was Prince-Bishop of Chiemsee from 1746 to 1772 .

Origin and possessions

Coat of arms of Bishop Franz Karl Eusebius von Waldburg-Friedberg and Trauchburg

Franz Karl Eusebius came from the Swabian noble family Waldburg . He was the 10th of 13 children from the marriage of the imperial councilor Christoph Franz von Friedberg and Trauchburg (1669–1717) and Maria Sophia zu Oettingen (1666–1743). After the death of his brother Friedrich Anton Marquard in 1744 he inherited the county of Trauchburg and the rule of Kißlegg . Since he was the last male descendant of the younger Trauchburg line of the Waldburg family, in 1764 his nephew Leopold gave him the Grafschaft Friedberg as well as the dominions Scheer , Dürmentingen and Bussen . 1754-1757 he was by Johann Georg Specht , the hunting lodge Rimpach build. After his death in 1772, the County of Trauchburg fell to Count Anton von Zeil and the County of Friedberg to the Counts of Wurzach , Wolfegg and Waldsee . The latter was sold to Thurn und Taxis in 1786 .


Franz Karl Eusebius was destined for a spiritual career and was canon in Salzburg from 1719 and a member of the Basel cathedral chapter from 1719–1727 . After studying at the University of Salzburg and perhaps also in Rome, he became President of the Salzburg War Council in 1728 and of the Court Council in 1730. In 1739 the cathedral chapter there elected him dean and the archbishop appointed him a secret council . In 1742, on behalf of Archbishop Leopold Anton von Firmian , he took part in the talks about the election of the emperor, and in 1745 he negotiated at the Munich court , with which he presumably had good relations, on salt matters and on the reparation of damage caused by the War of the Austrian Succession .

After the death of Chiemsee Bishop Joseph Franz Valerian von Arco , Archbishop Jakob Ernst von Liechtenstein-Kastelkorn appointed Franz Karl Eusebius von Waldburg-Friedberg and Trauchburg as his successor on May 1, 1746. After the confirmation of 13.d. M. followed on May 14, 1746, the episcopal ordination by the Archbishop in Salzburg and on August 18, 1748 the inauguration in Herrenchiemsee . As early as 1747 he resigned himself to the Salzburg deanery, but rose to senior position in the cathedral chapter in 1755. As Bishop of Chiemsee, in 1748 he called a diocesan synod to St. Johann in Tirol , at which the synodal statutes were revised. In 1752 he visited the Bavarian part of his district and in 1763 the entire diocese. In 1760 Martin Riester, dean and pastor of St. Johann, founded a priestly house for the Chiemsee diocesan clergy . With his will, Franz Karl Eusebius decreed donations to the church in Rimpach and the Loretto church in Neutrauchburg . He donated a second chaplain to his Salzburg residence, the Chiemseehof , and for the county of Trauchburg he determined funds for poor relief.


  • Erwin Naimer: Waldburg-Friedberg and Trauchburg, Franz Karl Eusebius Reichserbtruchsess Count von (1701–1772) . In: Erwin Gatz : The Bishops of the Holy Roman Empire 1648-1803 , ISBN 3-428-06763-0 , pp. 544-545.

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. inventory Dep. 30/1 T 3 , Sigmaringen State Archives, access September 23, 2008