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Adalbert von Mörsberg

Adalbert II Count of Mörsberg was Vogt of the monasteries Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen and Pfaffen-Schwabenheim near Bad Kreuznach, Count of Dill, Mörsberg, as well as owner of the Mörsburg castle near Winterthur. Adalbert seems to have been born around 1070 A. D. as son of Eberhard VII. von Nellenburg. One of his uncles was archbishop of Trier, another one was the abbot of the Benedictine abbey of Reichenau island. Only some five years Adalbert lost his father who died in 1075 in the Saxon Rebellion. Between 1096 and 1098 during the lifetime of his uncle Burchard III, the governing Count f Nellenburg, he took over the charge of the proprietary monasteries of the Nellenburgers as a Vogt. There he acquired a bad reputation because of illegitimate demands for monasterial property and brutality against the monks. Contemporary documents prove the efforts of his relatives to make amends for the damage caused by Adalbert. By marrying Mechthild of Bar-Mömpelgard, daughter of Theodoric I, Count of Montbéliard of House Scarponnois and Ermentrude of Burgundy, heiress of the County of Montbéliard, Adalbert attained ownership of Château de Morimont near Ferrette in Alsace after death of his father-in-law in 1105.

At that time he took the title of a Count of Morisberk, not documented before and after his lifetime. When his uncle died in 1105 or 1106 without any male descendants, Adalbert's older brother Dietrich received the family seat and title of a Count of Nellenburg while Adalbert himself received a considerable share of allod and the Nellenburg fiefs. In 1107, he is documented as Count of Dill. Mörsburg castle near Winterthur was named after him. Dill castle and Mörsburg seem to have been strengthened or were only erected at the time, his cousin Bruno of Bretten was archbishop of Trier from 1102 to 1124. Adalbert wedded his daughter Mechthild to Meginhard of Sponheim; this act was of great importance in view of the fact that the title of count and considerable property were transferred to Meginhard which prompted the formation of the County of Sponheim. Josef Heinzelmann: "Spanheimer-Späne. Schachwappen und Konradinererbe", in: Jahrbuch für westdeutsche Landesgeschichte 25, pp. 7–68. Hans Kläui: "Adalbert II.", in: Genealogisches Handbuch der Schweizer Geschichte IV, p. 194

Thornley Stoker

Sir William Thornley Stoker, 1st Baronet, was an eminent Irish medical writer and surgeon. His parents were Abraham Stoker, from Dublin, the feminist Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornley, baptized in St. Anne's Church, Ballyshannon Co. Donegal on 28 June 1818, raised in Sligo Town. Charlotte's father, Thomas Thornley, came from Ballyshannon, a town in the south of County Donegal in Ulster. Stoker was the brother of the writer Bram Stoker, he was educated at a private school in England and at the Royal College of Surgeons and Queen's College, where he obtained his M. D. degree in 1866. During the part of his life he lived at Ely House in Ely Place, where he entertained many visitors and writers, he began his career by teaching medicine. After a few years he was appointed surgeon to the Royal City of Dublin Hospital. In 1873 he moved on to the Richmond Hospital. For several years from 1876 he held the chair of Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, until his other interests became too pressing.

From 1876 he was surgeon to Swift's Hospital, a Governor of both it and the Richmond Hospital. Together with his brother-in-law and hospital colleague Richard Thomson he founded the school of nursing at the Richmond and oversaw the construction of the surgical facilities there in 1899, he succeeded Richard Thomson as Inspector of Vivisection for Ireland. All the time he was active in hospitals he was a frequent contributor to the Dublin Journal of Medical Science and similar journals on a variety of medical topics, but took a special interest in surgery of the spino-cerebral cavity, he cruelty to animals. In 1896 he became President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and was from 1903 to 1906 President of the Royal Academy of Medicine, he was interested in art. He was Professor of Anatomy at the Royal Hibernian Academy and a governor of the National Gallery of Ireland, he resigned from many of his medical duties in 1910. The following year he was created a baronet, of Hatch Street in the City of Dublin.

He died in June 1912, aged 67. Fleetwood, John F; the History of Medicine in Ireland. Dublin: Skellig Press