Louis, Count of Leiningen-Westerburg

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Louis, Count of Leiningen-Westerburg
Spouse(s) Bernardine of Lippe
Noble family House of Leiningen
Father Philip I of Leiningen-Westerburg
Mother Amelia of Zweibrücken-Bitsch (1537-1577)
Born 1557
Died 1622
Buried Oberbronn

Louis, Count Leiningen-Westerburg (1557-1622) was a German nobleman. He was a member of the House of Leiningen and was the ruling count of Leiningen-Leiningen from 1597 until his death.

He was the eldest son of Philip I (1527-1597), and his first wife Amelia of Zweibrücken-Bitsch (1537-1577), a daughter of Count Simon V of Zweibrücken-Bitsch (d. 1540). His father was descended from the noble Leiningen-Westerburg family, a cadet branch of the House of Runkel. The County of Leiningen-Westerburg had been divided between Philip I and his brothers, and Philip I had founded the Leiningen-Leiningen line. By marrying Amelia, he had expanded his territory with her inheritance, the imperial county of Rixingen. Louis inherited this territory when his father died in 1597.

In 1578, he married Bernardine of Lippe (1563-1628), a daughter of Count Bernhard VIII, Count of Lippe of Lippe. Louis and Bernardine had four children:

  1. George Philip (1579-1589)
  2. Simon (1584-1585)
  3. John Casimir (1587-1635), Count of Leiningen-Leiningen, married in 1617 to Martha of Hohenlohe-Weikersheim (1575-1638)
  4. Philip II (1591-1668), Count of Leiningen-Rixingen, married in 1618 to Agathe Catherine Schenk of Limpurg (1595-1664)

Louis died in 1622 and was buried in Oberbronn. His two surviving sons divided his territory. Philip II, the youngest son, received the Imperial County of Rixingen, where he founded the Leiningen-Rixingen line. His elder brother John Casimir received the lands Louis had inherited from his father, and continued the Leiningen-Leiningen line.

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Louis, Count of Leiningen-Westerburg
Born: 1557 Died: 1622
Preceded by
Philip I
Count of Leiningen-Leiningen
1597-1622
Succeeded by
John Casimir
Succeeded by
Philip II
as Count of Leiningen-Rixingen