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Villa Falkenhorst, Thüringen, Austria


Falkenhorst and the Douglass-Poellnitz-Jehly dynasty (Translated from the original in German)

You gave her the name Falkenhorst because the falcons and faith circled high above her with wild cry. (Grete Gulbransson, loved shade)

In 1837 John Douglass, who came from old Scottish nobility in Thuringia, founded the “k. k. Privileged cotton spinning spiney and Webery ”(together with A. Escher and P. Kennedy). At that time, John and his wife Jane Douglass also had their place of residence "Falkenhorst": not far from the factory, the stately villa, the style features of English country houses and which represents a beautiful example of Vorarlberg architecture from the time of industrialization and the Biedermeier.

In 1838 John Sholto Douglass was born on Falkenhorst. In addition to his work as a manufacturer, Sholto achieved a national reputation, especially as a pioneer in the field of alpinism and as a local researcher. His influence in the merging of the German and Austrian Alpine Association is just as legend as the climbing of the Zimba with the baron of Sternbach. His research on the early history of Vorarlberg still pays attention to science today.

With his wife Wanda of Poellnitz-she came from a German-English aristocratic connection-Shholto had a total of four children. Norman Douglas, born in Falkenhorst in 1868 and died on Capri in 1952, has been handed down to posterity as a travel writer. Sholto's father -in -law Ernst von Poellnitz resided at Babenwohl Castle in Bregenz (part of today's state library). Poellnitz actively participated in the foundation of the Vorarlberg State Museum Association and the emergence of the Protestant community in Vorarlberg.

The contacts of Douglass to public life were numerous, which is why Falkenhorst repeatedly became a focus of social life in Vorarlberg. Due to his early death, which he chose him in the hunt in the Klostertal in 1874, the name Douglass quickly became myth. Wanda married the Bludenz painter Jakob Jelyy in 1879. Her daughter Grete, who later married the well-known Norwegian cartoonist Olaf Gulbransson, contributed to the glory of the Dynasty Douglass-Poellnitz-Jeelly [Dynastie Douglass-Poellnitz-Jehly].

Thuringian textile factory
The Thuringian waterfall and the associated possibilities to build a spinning mill bought the old smithy and the area around the waterfall in 1832.

Further basic purchases followed in 1834 and the construction of the spinning mill was finally started in autumn 1835.

In 1837 it was started with part of the company. From 1850 John Douglass was the sole owner of the company.

His son John Sholto Douglass took place in the early 1960s when John Douglass retired to England or Scotland.

In 1904, his son John Douglass Junior finally sold the property to Heinrich Wintsch Junior, who in turn sold the property to the textile manufacturer Ing. Rudolf Kastner five years later.

In 1985 the municipality of Thuringia bought the factory situation, which was partially converted into a residential complex.


See also:
•  Douglas of Tilquhillie
•  The Douglass Hut


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