Anna Plochl (January 6, 1804, Aussee - August 4 1885), Baroness of Brandhofen (1834), Countess of Meran (1850) was an Austrian nobleman of bourgeois origin.

Plochl was born the daughter of the postmaster Jakob Plochl and his wife Anna Pilz, the eldest of 13 children. After the death of the mother, she took care of the family home. At the age of 15 years, on 22 August 1819, she first met at the Toplitzsee, Archduke Johann of Austria. They already moved in together in 1823. But his brother, Emperor Franz I of Austria refused his consent to this marriage with a commoner. Nevertheless, Anna moved on 20 September 1823 after Vordernberg, where Archduke Johann is the Radwerk and where they had at the local crafts house of Archduke took over economic management. While Archduke Johann as part of its diverse activities restlessly active in Styria was traveling and the court in Vienna regularly visits abstattete, supplied Anna Plochl the house being in front and from 25 Vordernberg April 1824 also at the Brandhof, a model farm of the Archduke in the municipality Gußwerk. 

On 18 February 1829 Archduke Johann married Anna Plochl after a long, six-year battle for the consent of Emperor Franz I of Austria, but Johann had to wait until 1833 to announce his marriage officially.

In 1834, Anna Plochl then appointed Baroness Brandhofen, according to the estate of her husband. Her son and heir of the Archduke Franz was born in 1839 and succeeded his father, at Metternich to his son the title of Count of Meran enforce. 1850 - five years after her son - she was named the Countess of Meran.

The wife of the Archduke was known among other things, for their excellent Styrian food, and the courts on the basis of their recipes are still a specialty.

After her husband died in 1859, she survived 26 years, Anna continued her commitment in Styria, and took special care of social services. Among other things, that was Anna-Kinderspital in Graz she named in honor of her. In August 1885 Anne, Countess of Meran, died, at the age of 81 years in Aussee and was laid beside her husband in Scena buried near Merano.

original article in german: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Plochl
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