The first documented report on the ancient family of Kolowrat dates from the late 13th century. But Albrecht of Kolowraty (†1391) is considered the true founder of the family and the first historically documented lord of Kolowraty. His ancestors came from the village of Kolowraty (close to Uhrineves). As the governor and Marshall of Queen Anna Svidnicka (wife of Karel IV), the associate of the provincial and feudal courts, he enters the history in 1347 when he figures as the witness in the Rozmital sale. He had three wives with those he had eight children, six sons who laid the foundation of one of the most ramified Czech aristocratic families.
During the 14th and 15th centuries the Kolowrat lineage divided into eight family lines:
- and the only still existing - Krakowsky
Kolowrat-Krakowsky family line takes its name from the castle Krakovec by Rakovnik, which was bought in 1443 by Albrecht of Kolwraty (1422 – 1470) who established the most numerous Kolowrat family line. Vilem Albrecht Kolowrat-Krakowsky (1600 – 1688), the highest chancellor, received the imperial countship in 1671 and three years later the Czech countship.
Lords of Kolowraty played indispensable role in Czech history and politics, always held important positions. Among them we would find burgraves, hetmen, the highest provincial judges, clergies but also governors or supreme chancellors.
In modern history Jindrich Vilem Kolowrat-Krakowsky follows the ancestors legacy. In 1989 he returned to former Czechoslovakia from exile together with his son Frantisek Tomas to properly manage and take care of family property.
Currently, Maxmilian Alexander and Francesca Dominika Kolowrat – Krakowsky, children of Frantisek Tomas Kolowrat-Krakowsky, are the successors of this ancient Czech aristocratic family.