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County of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Grafschaft Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
State of the Holy Roman Empire
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Coat of arms

Capital Berleburg
Government Principality
Historical era Middle Ages
 -  Partitioned from
1607 1607
 -  Partitioned to create
    S-W-Homburg and

 -  Raised to Principality 1792
 -  Mediatised to Hesse 1806
 -  Annexed by Prussia 1816
Berleburg Castle

Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was a county (Grafschaft), most of which is located in the present district of Siegen-Wittgenstein, Germany (in the modern state of North Rhine-Westphalia). Its seat was the town and palace in Berleburg (now Bad Berleburg). Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was a partition of Sayn-Wittgenstein in the 16th century; the southern and more-developed portion was the County of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Wittgenstein with its seat Laaspe (now Bad Laasphe). Wittgenstein-Berleburg was raised from a county to a principality (Reichsfürstentum) in 1792, and was mediatised to the Grand Duchy of Hesse in 1806 before being annexed to Prussia in 1816. Members of the House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg have married into numerous European royal houses.

Counts and Reigning princes[edit]

Counts of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1607–1792)[1][edit]

  • Georg V (1565–1631, ruled 1607–1631)
  • Ludwig Casimir (1598–1643, ruled 1631–1643)
  • Georg Wilhelm (1636–1684, ruled 1643–1684)
  • Ludwig Franz (1660–1694, ruled 1684–1694)
  • Casimir (1687–1741, ruled 1694–1741)
  • Ludwig Ferdinand (1712–1773, ruled 1741–1773)
  • Christian Heinrich (1753–1800, ruled as Graf 1773–1792)

Princes of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1792–1806)[2][edit]

Line of succession

  1. Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
  2. Bernhard, Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein
  3. Wenzel, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein

External links and references[edit]

  1. ^ Johannes Burkardt & Ulf Lückel, Das Fürstliche Haus zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. 2005, Börde-Verlag Werl.
  2. ^ Burkardt & Lückel