The precise origin of Siegfried Count of Luxembourg is unknown but it is probable that he was related to Wigerich [III]. Gerbert of Aurillac refers to "Godefridum, patruumque eius Sigifridum" in a letter dated 985 addressed to "dominæ Teuphanu Imperatrice" after he visited the pair in prison following their unsuccessful defence of Verdun against Lothaire King of the Franks, other letters clarifying that "Godefridum" was Godefroi Comte de Verdun, grandson of Wigerich [III]. It is unlikely that patruus can be interpreted in this source in its strict sense of paternal uncle. Wigerich [III] died in [916/19], while it is more probable that Siegfried was born in the range [930/40] given the birth of his eldest son not long before 964 and Siegfried's own death at the close of the 10th century. Another indication that Siegfried was probably not the son of Wigerich is his absence from a charter dated 943, issued by the widow of Wigerich's son Gozelon, which is subscribed by the latter's three known lay brothers. Another possibility is that Siegfried was the son of Kunigund, wife of Wigerich [III], by her second husband Richwin. However, in this hypothesis he could not have been born later than [923/24] in light of Richwin's date of death, which is inconsistent with Siegfried's likely birth date range. Assuming that patruus indicates an agnatic relationship, the most likely possibility is that Siegfried was the first cousin of Godefroi's father, the son of a brother of Wigerich [III]. Otto I King of Germany transferred the convent of Echternach to Siegfried "advocatus altaris" in [949/50], although the charter relating to this grant has not yet been identified. Siegfried also owned scattered properties in Feulen, Hosingen and Monnerich (in the pagus Wabrensis) and at Berncastel and Roussy (in the pagus Mosellanus). Comte [de Luxembourg]. "Sigefridus comes de nobili genere natus" received the castle of Luxembourg from St Maximin, Trier in exchange for property "villa Feulen in comitatu Giselberti comitis in pago Arduenne in villa...Viulna [et]...in pago Mathingouui in comitatu Godefridi comitis super ripem Alsuntie fluminis" by charter dated 17 Apr 963. Gade reproduces a photographic copy of the original charter. Vogt of Echternach from 973: "Otto...imperator augustus" granted property to Kloster Echternach by charter dated 15 Mar 973 which names "comitis Sigifridi fidelis nostri". Vogt of St Maximin at Trier: Archbishop Egbert donated property "de beneficio Luthardi comitis...mortuo sine herede" to Trier St Paul by charter dated 981, subscribed by "...Sigefridi comitis et rerum S Maximini advocatis...". He captured Wicfred Bishop of Verdun, who had attacked Siegfried's territory, at Vandresel but released him in . Richer records that "Belgicæ dux Theodericus, necnon et vir nobilis ac strenuus Godefridus, Sigefridus quoque vir illustris, Bardo etiam et Gozilo fratres clarissimi et nominatissimi" captured Verdun in 985. Siegfried helped defend Verdun against Lothaire King of the West Franks in [984/85], but was captured together with Godefroi Comte de Verdun [Wigeriche]. According to the Preface of Vitæ Heinrici et Cunegundis Imperatores, "Sigefridus Kunuz comes, pater Chunigundis imperatricis, obiit V Kal Novembrisi". The necrology of Ranshofen records the death "V Kal Nov" of "Sigefridus Kunuz pater Chunigundis imperatricis". The necrology of Gorze records the death "VI Kal Nov" of "Seifredus comes". The year of Siegfried¿s death is uncertain but is assumed to have been around . m (before 963) HEDWIG, daughter of --- (-13 Dec after 993). "Sygefridus comes" reached an agreement with Heinrich Archbishop of Trier by charter dated 17 Sep 964 which names "coniunx mea Hadewige, filiusque noster Henricus". "Sigifridus comes...cum coniuge mea Hadewihe" donated property "in valle Alsunciensi in villa Marics in comitatu Ardenensi regimini filii nostri Heinrici comitis subiacenti" to St Maximin, Trier by charter dated 993. According to the Preface of Vitæ Heinrici et Cunegundis Imperatores, "domina Hedewich comitissa, mater Chunigundis imperatricis, obiit Idus Decembris". The necrology of Ranshofen records the death "Id Dec" of "Hedewich com mater Chunigundis imperatricis Papie occisus".Källa: fmg.ac
1) Europäischen Stammtafeln 1, Tafel 202
2) Peter v. Brackel: Das Geschlecht von Brackel. Stammtafeln über die Linien in Westfalen und im Baltikum mit 3 zusätzlichen Exkursen. Sonderheft der Baltische Ahnen- und Stammtafeln. Band 23, Hamburg 19
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