Prince Ludwig Gaston of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

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Prince Ludwig Gaston
Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Duke in Saxony
Luís de Saxe-Coburgo e Bragança.jpg
Spouse Princess Mathilde of Bavaria
Countess Anna of Trauttmansdorff-Weinsberg
Full name
Ludwig Gaston Klemens Maria
House House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Father Prince Ludwig August of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Mother Princess Leopoldina of Brazil
Born (1870-09-15)15 September 1870
Ebenthal, Austria-Hungary
Died 23 January 1942(1942-01-23) (aged 71)
Innsbruck, Austria
Burial St. Augustin, Coburg
Religion Roman Catholicism
Ludwig with his wife Mathilde and their son Anton.

Ludwig Gaston Klemens Maria of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (15 September 1870, in Ebenthal – 23 January 1942, in Innsbruck), known in Brazil as Dom Luís Gastão, was a prince of the house of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. He was the fourth son of the German Prince Ludwig August of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Princess Leopoldina of Brazil.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Ludwig Gaston was born the youngest of the four sons of Prince Ludwig August of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Princess Leopoldina of Brazil. He and his family lived in Brazil until 1889, when troubles with the Brazilian monarchy led the family to move to Europe.

Military and later life[edit]

Ludwig went to Wiener Neustadt to study at the Theresian Military Academy, where he successfully graduated in 1892. After that, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant of the Fourth Tiroler Jäger-Regiment of the Austro-Hungarian Army in Lienz. On May 1, 1896, Ludwig was given the rank of First lieutenant, and, on March 29, 1900, he was given leadership of the First Tiroler Jäger-Regiment in Innsbruck. On May 1, 1903, he advanced to the rank of Captain.

In Munich, on May 1, 1900, Ludwig Gaston married Princess Mathilde of Bavaria, daughter of the King Ludwig III of Bavaria. Their wedding was hosted by her grandfather, Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria.[1] They had two children:

  • Antonius Maria Ludwig Klemens Eugen Karl Heinrich August Luitpold Leopold Franz Wolfgang Peter Gaston Alexander Alfons Ignatius Aloysius Stanislaus (Innsbruck, 17 June 1901 – Haar, 1 September 1970), married on 14 May 1938 to Luise Mayrhofer. This marriage was childless.
  • Maria Immaculata Leopoldine Franziska Theresia Ildefonsa Adelgunde Klementine Hildegard Anna Josepha Elisabeth Sancta-Angelica Nicoletta (Innsbruck, 10 September 1904 – Varese, Italy, 18 March 1940). She died unmarried.

Princess Mathilde of Bavaria died of lung disease in 1906 in Davos, leaving her husband with two small children.

On February 8, 1907, Gaston left the army, and in Bischofteinitz, on November 30, 1907, Gaston married the Countess Anna of Trauttmansdorff-Weinsberg (1873 – 1948). They had one daughter:

  • Josefine Maria Anna Leopoldine Amalie Klementine Ludovica Theresia Gabriela Gonzaga (Schloß Vogelsang, 20 September 1911 – Stockdorf, 27 November 1997), married on 12 May 1937 to Richard, Freiherr von Baratta-Dragono (1901 – 1998); they had two children and divorced in 1945.

Death[edit]

Ludwig Gaston died on January 23, 1942 in Innsbruck and was buried in St. Augustine's Church in Coburg. He was the holder of the Grand Cross of the Saxe-Ernestine House Order.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Die Woche (in German) (20). 19 May 1900. pp. 848, 850.