Hans Adam von Schöning

Hans Adam von Schöning (1 October 1641 – 28 August 1696) was a Generalfeldmarschall in the service of Brandenburg-Prussia and the Electorate of Saxony.

Hans Adam von Schöning
Hans Adam von Schöning, copper engraving by August Christian Fleischmann

Schöning was born at Tamsel near Küstrin in the Margraviate of Brandenburg. He was well-connected by marriage, his uncle being Field Marshal Georg von Derfflinger and his daughter being married to Colonel Ludwig von Blumenthal, a nephew of Field Marshal von Dünewald and brother-in-law of General Carl Friedrich von Schlippenbach (1658–1753). His descendants include Field Marshal von Wrangel, granddaughter Luise Eleonore Wreech (1708–1784), a nephew - the military historian Kurd von Schöning and the rocket scientist, Wernher von Braun.

Upon completing his studies at the University of Wittenberg (1657-1659) and Strasbourg University (1659/60), he traveled in Europe for several years. But upon the death of his parents, he returned to the family estate in 1964.

Von Schöning died on 28 August 1696 in Dresden and was buried in the chapel at Tamsel in Dąbroszyn. Hans Adam von Schöning was the owner of an estate in Brzoza.


Hans Adams parents were Hans Adam (d 1664), squire of the Knights Hospitaller, and Marianne (born in Schapelow). He married Johanna Margarethe Luise, of Pöllnitz, in 1668. He had two sons, Boguslaus, Electorate of Saxony Lieutenant Colonel, and Johann (Hans) Ludwig of Tamsel, Electorate of Saxony Chamberlain, and Lieutenant Colonel.

Military careerEdit

He distinguished himself in many military campaigns, including the Turkish Wars, the Nine Years War against France, and the war against Sweden 1675-79 particularly during the conquest of Stettin, Rügen and Stralsund and in the expulsion of Sweden from Prussia. He famously quarreled with General von Barfus, and was eventually arrested for supposedly plotting to bring Saxony over to the French. Between 1677 and 1684, Schöning was regimental chef of the 1st Prussian Infantry Regiment.

In 1689 he took part in the successful Siege of Bonn.

Schloss TamselEdit

Schloss Tamsel, between 1857 and 1883

Field-Marshal von Schöning later built a castle in Tamsel, Brandenburg (now Dabroszyn/Dąbroszynie, Poland). A neo-gothic church on the estate contains a mausoleum for the von Schöning, von Wreech and von Dönhoff families.


External linksEdit

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