County of Reckheim

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County of Reckheim

The county of Reckheim ( rule until 1623 ) (Dutch: Rijksgraafschap Rekem ) was a territory in the Holy Roman Empire located in what is now Belgium with the capital Rekem .


In addition to the rural town of Reckheim, the village of Boorsem with Kotem, the village of Uikhoven and the hamlet of Wezet (consisting of Bovenwezet and Daalwezet) and a few other places to live belonged to the modest domain.


The area was on the left bank of the Meuse north of Maastricht, surrounded by the Liege Monastery . In 1564 it got through marriage to Johann Quadt , Herr zu Wickrath . In 1590 it became the property of Hermann von Lynden through an exchange . His descendants became Counts of Aspremont-Lynden in 1676 with reference to an alleged (but based on forgery) descent from the Counts of Apremont, who died in the 14th century .

Reckheim Castle (Rekem), 1626

The rule consisted of three church villages. The castle was located in the main town of the same name. In the 18th century the area had a size of 1.5 km² and a population of 1500 people.

In 1623 the rulership was elevated to an imperial county. Since then it has belonged to the Lower Rhine-Westphalian Imperial Circle and its owners to the Westphalian Imperial Counts College .

At the end of the 18th century, the county was occupied by France in the course of the coalition wars. Count Johann Nepomuk Gobert von Aspremont-Lynden was compensated with the Baindt Monastery in Württemberg and a pension. In 1815 the area became part of the Netherlands and in 1831 fell to Belgium.

Count of Reckheim

Government years Surname born died Family relationship
1623-1636 serious 1583 August 24, 1636 Son of Hermann
1636-1665 Ferdinand 1611/1615 August 24, 1665, Rekem son
1665-1708 Ferdinand Gobert 1643/1645 1708 son
1708-1720 Joseph Gobert February 2, 1694 March 4, 1720 son
1720-1749 Karl Gobert Franz November 21, 1703 November 24, 1749 Brothers
1749-1795 Johan Nepomuk Gobert August 23, 1732 April 16, 1805 son


  • Johann Friedrich Schannat: Eiflia Illustra or geographical and historical description of the Eifel. Aachen / Leipzig 1825. P. 727 f. Digitized
  • Gerhard Köbler : Historical lexicon of the German countries. The German territories from the Middle Ages to the present. 7th, completely revised edition. C. H. Beck, Munich 2007, ISBN 978-3-406-54986-1 , pp. 554 f. ( limited preview in Google Book search).
  • Raph. Verbois: Geschiedenis van Rekem en zijn Keizerlijk Graafschap , Rekem 1972

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The German Reich Archives , 1722
  2. ^ Genealogisches Staats-Handbuch , 1835, page 385