Meinrad I, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen

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Meinrad I, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
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Meinrad I, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Spouse(s) Anna Marie of Törring at Seefeld
Noble family House of Hohenzollern
Father Johann, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Mother Johanna of Hohenzollern-Hechingen
Born 1605
Died 30 January 1681(1681-01-30)

Meinrad I of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1605 in Munich – 30 January 1681 in Sigmaringen) was Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen from 1638 until his death.


Meinrad I was the son of Johann, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1578–1638) and Countess Johanna of Hohenzollern-Hechingen (1581–1634). The Prince was born in Munich, where his father as president acted of the Privy Council for Duke Maximilian I of Bavaria.

The Thirty Years' War had a major influence on his life. When he was 17, he served in the Bavarian army. He served under Tilly in the Battle of Lutter. He later fought under Pappenheim against Protestant rebels in Austria. He later became an influential advisor of the Duke of Bavaria.

When he inherited Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen in 1638, the principality had been ravaged and depleted by the war. He commissioned the renowned architect Michael Beer from Voralrberg to rebuild and modernize the castles at Sigmaringen and Haigerloch. The Swedes had occupied Sigmaringen Castle in 1633. In 1633, a Catholic army Under general Gustav Horn had retake the castle, however, during the battle the eastern wing had been destroyed by fire. In 1658 and 1659, Meinrad had the east wing rebuilt and combined the two buildings on the east side, which had been built by the Counts of Werdenberg. He paid this construction work out of his own pocket, using funds he had inherited from his father, and his wife's fortune.

He died on 30 January 1681. After his death, the county was divided, inaccordance with the provisions of Meinrad's will: his eldest son Maximilian I inherited Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen; his youngest son Franz Anton inherited Hohenzollern-Haigerloch.

Marriage and descendants[edit]

Meinrad married on 7 May 1635 to Anna Marie (1613–1682), the daughter of Baron Ferdinand of Törring at Seefeld, with whom he had the following children:

  • Maximilian I (1636–1689), inherited Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, married in 1666 to Countess Maria Clara of Berg-'s-Heerenberg (1635–1715)
  • Johann Karl (b. and d. 1637)
  • Anna Marie (b. and d. 1638)
  • Franz Ferdinand (1639–1662), killed in a hunting accident
  • Johanna Marie (1640–1707), Prioress of Inzigkofen Abbey
  • Meinrad (1641–1642)
  • Christoph (b. and d. 1642)
  • Ignatz (b. and d. 1643)
  • Maria Magdalena (1643–1663)
  • Maria Menodora (1644–1664), a nun
  • Maria Catharina (b. and d. 1645)
  • Maria Theresa (b. and d. 1647)
  • Johann Meinrad (b. and d. 1648)
  • Maria Franziska (1649–1712), also Prioress of Inzigkofen Abbey
  • Johann Felix (b. and d. 1651)
  • Anna Maria (1654–1678), married in 1672 to Count Anton Eusebius of Koenigsegg-Aulendorf (1639–1692)
  • Franz Anton (1657–1702), inherited Hohenzollern-Haigerloch, married in 1687 to Countess Maria Anna Eusebia of Königsegg-Aulendorf (1670–1716)

See also[edit]


  • E. G. Johler: Geschichte, Land- und Ortskunde der souverainen teutschen Fürstenthümer Hohenzollern Hechingen und Sigmaringen, Stettin'sche Buchhandlung, Ulm, 1824, p. 66, Online
  • Gustav Schilling: Geschichte des Hauses Hohenzollern in genealogisch fortlaufenden Biographien aller seiner Regenten von den ältesten bis auf die neuesten Zeiten, nach Urkunden und andern authentischen Quellen, Fleischer, Leipzig, 1843, p. 270 ff, online
  • Günter Schmitt: Sigmaringen, in: Günter Schmitt: Burgenführer Schwäbische Alb vol. 3: Donautal. Wandern und entdecken zwischen Sigmaringen und Tuttlingen, Biberacher Verlagsdruckerei, Biberach, 1990, ISBN 3-924489-50-5, p. 41-62

External links[edit]

  • Family tree at the site of the Prince of Hohenzollern company
Meinrad I, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Born: 1605 Died: 30 January 1681
Preceded by
Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Succeeded by
Maximilian I
Count of Hohenzollern-Haigerloch
Succeeded by
Franz Anton