Frederick Bernard, Count Palatine of Gelnhausen

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Frederick Bernard, Count Palatine of Gelnhausen
Spouse(s) Ernestine Louise of Waldeck-Pyrmont
Noble family House of Wittelsbach
Father John Charles, Count Palatine of Gelnhausen
Mother Esther Maria of Witzleben-Elgersburg
Born (1697-05-28)28 May 1697
Gelnhausen
Died 5 August 1739(1739-08-05) (aged 42)
Gelnhausen

Frederick Bernard, Count Palatine of Gelnhausen (28 May 1697 in Gelnhausen – 5 August 1739, ibid.) was Count Palatine and Duke of Birkenfeld-Gelnhausen.

Life[edit]

Frederick Bernard was the eldest son of the Duke and Count Palatine John Charles of Gelnhausen (1638-1704) from his second marriage, Esther Maria (1665-1725), the daughter of Baron George Frederick of Witzleben-Elgersburg.

In 1704, he succeeded his father 1704 as Count Palatine of Birkenfeld-Gelnhausen. He served in the French army as a colonel of the Royal Alsatian regiment. He was a knight of the Order of Saint Hubert. A treaty of 1736 with Caroline, the regent of Zweibrücken, granted Frederick Bernard an annual allowance of 12000guilders.[1]

Frederick Bernard died in 1739 without a male heir.[2] Gelnhause was inherited by his younger brother John.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Frederick Bernard married on 30 May 1737 in Arolsen to Ernestine Louise (1705-1782), the daughter of prince Frederick Anton Ulrich of Waldeck and Pyrmont. Her mother was Frederick Bernard's cousin Louise of Palatinate-Birkenfeld-Bischweiler. Frederick Bernard and Ernestine Louise had two daughters:

  • Caroline Louise (1738-1782)
  • Ernestine Friederike Auguste (1739-1746)

Ancestors[edit]

References[edit]

  • Johann Samuel Ersch: Allgemeine Encyklopädie der Wissenschaften und Künste. Section 2, H–N, part 21, Johann (Infant von Castilien) – Johann-Boniten, p. 189
  • Maximilian V. Sattler: Lehrbuch der bayerischen Geschichte, Lindauer, 1868, p. 412
  • Carl Renatus Hausen: Abhandlungen und Materialien zum neuesten deutschen Staatsrechte und Reichsgeschichte, vol. 5, p. 160 ff
This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Andreas Sebastian Stumpf: Geschichte des hohen Kurhauses Pfalzbayern im Grundrisse, 1804, p. 113 Online
  2. ^ Hardt: Wilhelm Herzog in Bayern, Verl. d. Literar.-Artist.-Inst., 1838, p. 6
Frederick Bernard, Count Palatine of Gelnhausen
Born: 28 May 1697 Died: 5 August 1739
Preceded by
John Charles
Count Palatine of Gelnhausen
1740-1739
Succeeded by
John