House of Plettenberg
The House of Plettenberg is a Westphalia
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n noble family of the Uradel
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. It dates back at least to 1187, when Heidolphus de Plettenbrath was mentioned in a document by Philip I (Archbishop of Cologne). Two branches of the family still exist today: the Counts of Plettenberg-Schwarzenberg (Protestant) and the Counts of Plettenberg-Lenhausen (Roman Catholic).

Notable members

  • Wolter von Plettenberg
    Wolter von Plettenberg
    Wolter von Plettenberg was the Master of the Livonian Order from 1494 to 1535 and one of the greatest leaders of the Teutonic knights. He was an important early Baltic German....

     (around 1450–1535), Master of the Livonian Order
  • Friedrich Christian von Plettenberg (1644–1706), Prince-Bishop of Münster
  • Ferdinand von Plettenberg (1690–1737), Prime Minister of Archbishop-Elector Clemens August of Bavaria
    Clemens August of Bavaria
    Clemens August of Bavaria was a member of the Wittelsbach dynasty of Bavaria and Archbishop-Elector of Cologne.-Biography:...

  • Joachim van Plettenberg (1739–1793), Governor of the Cape of Good Hope and founder of Plettenberg Bay
    Plettenberg Bay
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  • Karl von Plettenberg (1852–1938), General of the Infantry
    General of the Infantry (Germany)
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    , Commandant-General
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     of the Guards Corps and Adjutant General
    Adjutant general
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     of the German Kaiser
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  • Kurt von Plettenberg (1891–1945), plenipotentiary of the House of Hohenzollern
    House of Hohenzollern
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     (the royal house of Prussia), one of the inner circle of the July 20th plot against Hitler
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