Henry, Prince of Nassau-Dillenburg

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Henry, Prince of Nassau-Dillenburg
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Henry of Nassau-Dillenburg (1641-1701)
Spouse(s) Dorothea Elizabeth of Brieg
Noble family House of Nassau
Father George Louis, Prince of Nassau-Dillenburg
Mother Anna Augusta of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Born (1641-08-28)28 August 1641
Dillenburg
Died 18 April 1701(1701-04-18) (aged 59)
Ludwigsbrunn Castle

Prince Henry of Nassau-Dillenburg (born 28 August 1641 in Dillenburg; died: 18 April 1701 at Ludwigsbrunn Castle) was a Prince of Nassau-Dillenburg from 1662 until his death. He was the son of George Louis, Prince of Nassau-Dillenburg (1618–1656) and his wife, Anna Augusta (17 December 1612 – 9 June 1673), a daughter of Duke Henry Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.

Life[edit]

He studied at Herborn Academy, which could enjoy an upswing during his rule, and in France. After completing his studies, he served in the Dutch army, where he reached the rank of commander. When his grandfather, Louis Henry, Prince of Nassau-Dillenburg, died in 1662, he inherited the county, because his father had already died. When his uncle Adolph died without a male heir in 1676, he inherited Nassau-Schaumburg as well.

His reign is regarded as competent but unspectacular. He tried unsuccessfully to claim the inheritance of his father-in-law, George III of Brieg. After his death, he was succeeded by his oldest son William II, and after William II died without a son, by his younger son Christian.

Marriage and issue[edit]

He married in 1663 with Dorothea Elizabeth, the daughter of Duke George III of Brieg.

  • George Louis (born: 21 June 1667; died: 25 July 1681)
  • William (born: 28 August 1670; died: 21 September 1724), married on 13 January 1699 in Harzgerode with Johanna Dorothea of Holstein-Plön (born: 24 December 1676; died: 29 November 1727), a daughter of Duke Augustus of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön-Norburg
  • Charles (born: 4 February 1672; died 28 April 1672)
  • Adolph (born: 7 March 1673; died: 1 June 1690, fell in the Battle of Fleurus)
  • Frederick Henry (born: 10 November 10, 1678; † July 24, 1681)
  • Louis Henry (born 10 October 1681; died: 13 January 1710)
  • John George (born: 28 January 1683; died: 10 May 1690)
  • Christian (born: 11 August 1688; died: 28 August 1739), married on 15 April 1725 at Oranienstein Castle with Isabella of Nassau-Dietz (1692–1757)
  • Henry (1689)
  • Sofie Auguste (born: 28 April 1666; died: 14 January 1733), married on 20 October 1695 at Frederiksborg Castle with Prince William Louis of Anhalt-Harzgerode (1643–1709)
  • Albertine (born: 8 August 1668; died: 13 August 1719), a nun at Herford Abbey
  • Friederike Amalie (born: 28 December 1674; died: 28 July 1724)
  • Elisabeth Dorothea (born: January 25, 1676; died: 25 July 1676)
  • Wilhelmine Henriette (born: 6 August 1677; died: 28 August 1727)
  • Charlotte Amalia (born: 13 June 1680, died: 11 October 1738), married in April 1706 to Prince William Henry of Nassau-Usingen (1684–1718)
  • Elisabeth Dorothea (born: 5 June 1685; died: 20 January 1686)

Ancestors[edit]

References[edit]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.

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Henry, Prince of Nassau-Dillenburg
Born: 28 August 1641 Died: 18 April 1701
Preceded by
Louis Henry
Prince of Nassau-Dillenburg
1662-1701
Succeeded by
William II
Preceded by
Adolph
Prince of Nassau-Schaumburg
1676-1701