Solms-Baruth

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Coat of arms of the Prince of Solms-Baruth

Solms-Baruth was a Lower Lusatian state country, from 16th century until 1945.

History[edit]

Castle Baruth in the 19th century, seat of the Solms-Baruth family

Solms-Baruth was one of the many minor states of the Holy Roman Empire. The House of Solms had its origins at Solms, Hesse.

It lost its independence in the German Mediatization of 1806. Initially it passed to the Kingdom of Saxony. In 1815, when Saxony was punished at the Congress of Vienna for its loyalty to Napoleon by the confiscation of a significant part of its territory, Solms-Baruth was transferred to Prussia. The Prussian representative at the Congress was Karl August von Hardenberg and his assistant, Count of Solms-Sonnewalde.

The Solms-Baruth state was until 1945 owned by the Solms-Baruth family, the state consisted in, the family seat Castle, ten villages and about 15,000 hectares of agriculture and forestry land.

Rulers[edit]

  • Otto, Count of Solms-Sonnenwalde (1596−1612)
  • Friedrich Albert, Count of Solms-Sonnenwalde (1612−1615)
  • Johann Georg II (1615–1632), Count of Solms-Baruth in Wildenfels

Counts of Solms-Baruth[edit]

  • Johann Georg III (1632–1690)
  • Friedrich Sigismund I (1632–1696)
  • Friedrich Sigismund II (1696–1737)
  • Friedrich Gottlob Heinrich (1737–1787)
  • Friedrich Carl Leopold (1787–1801)
  • Friedrich Heinrich Ludwig (1801–1879)

Princes of Solms-Baruth[edit]

  • Friedrich I (1879–1904), since 1888
  • Friedrich II (1904–1920)
  • Friedrich III (1920–1951)
  • Friedrich IV (1951-2006)
  • Friedrich V (2006 -)

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