Walhorn is a Belgian town in the German-speaking community of Belgium. The place has been part of the municipality of Lontzen since the municipal merger in 1977. Hamlets belonging to Walhorn are Rabotrath and Astenet.
Today the E 40 motorway and the parallel express railway line cut through the town.
Founded as the royal court "Harna" around 850, the place is first mentioned in a bull of Lothar II from the year 888. In 1072 King Heinrich IV donated the royal court to the Marienstift Aachen. From an ecclesiastical point of view, the Duke of Limburg assigned the abbot of Rolduc Monastery (Rode) pastoral care for the parishes of the Duchy in 1176. Rolduc provided the pastors and priests of the area until 1792. Until 1695 Walhorn was the mother parish of surrounding places such as Lontzen, Raeren-Neudorf, Kettenis or Eynatten. Until 1795 Walhorn was one of the five high banks (administrative and judicial districts) in the Duchy of Limburg. During the time of the French occupation under Napoléon Bonaparte, Walhorn belonged to the canton of Eupen from 1803 to 1815 and then came to Prussia. As a result of the First World War, Walhorn was assigned to Belgium in 1920.
Born in Walhorn, Nicolaus Wilhelm Beckers was the personal physician of Emperor Leopold I and was ennobled by him.
Three Walhorns were abbots of Rolduc, such as Winand Lambertz (1617–1664), abbot from 1650, Nicolaus Heyendal from Astenet, was prior from 1706 and abbot from 1712 to 1731, also his nephew Johann Joseph Haeghen, (1699–1781) abbot 1757. In their function as abbots of Rolduc they were also members of the “High Council” of the Duchy of Limburg. Ancestors and family members of the three named were Drossarde, lay judges and clerks within the Hochbank Walhorn or the duchy. (Wikipedia)
November 21, 2020
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