William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg

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William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg
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William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg
Spouse(s) Walburga of Egmont
Juliane of Stolberg-Wernigerode
Noble family House of Nassau
Father John V of Nassau-Dillenburg
Mother Elisabeth of Hesse-Marburg
Born (1487-04-10)10 April 1487
Dillenburg
Died 6 October 1559(1559-10-06) (aged 72)
Dillenburg

William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg (nicknamed William the Rich, Dutch: Willem de Rijke; 10 April 1487 – 6 October 1559) was a count of Nassau-Dillenburg from the House of Nassau. He was not wealthy; his nickname the Rich refers to him having many children.

William was born in Dillenburg as the younger son of Count John V of Nassau-Dillenburg and Landgravine Elisabeth, daughter of Landgrave Henry III of Hesse-Marburg and Anna of Katzenelnbogen He was the brother of count Henry III of Nassau-Breda and the father of William I of Orange.

His eldest son William inherited the principality of Orange. The early House of Orange-Nassau descends from the younger William, while the later House of Orange-Nassau (and the Dutch royal family) descends from both the younger William and his younger brother John.

Family and children[edit]

William of Nassau was married twice. Firstly, he married on 29 October 1506 Countess Walburga of Egmont (29 October 1490 – March 1529), daughter of John III of Egmont. She gave him two daughters:

  1. Elisabeth ( October 1515 – 31 January 1523)
  2. Magdalene ( 6 October 1522 – 18 August 1567), married on 16 July 1538 to Count Herman of Neuenahr and Moers

After her death, he married on 20 September 1531 Countess Juliane of Stolberg-Wernigerode (15 February 1506 – 18 June 1580). They had twelve children:

  1. William I of Orange (24 April 1533 – 10 July 1584)
  2. Hermanna (b. 9 August 1534), died young
  3. John VI "The Elder" (22 November 1536 – 28 October 1606)
  4. Louis of Nassau (10 January 1538 – 14 April 1574)
  5. Maria (15 March 1539 – May 1599), married on 11 November 1556 to Count William IV of Berg-s'Heerenberg
  6. Adolf (11 July 1540 – 23 May 1568)
  7. Anna (21 September 1541 – 12 February 1616), married on 16 June 1559 to Count Albert of Nassau-Weilburg
  8. Elisabeth (25 September 1542 – 18 November 1603), married 16 June 1559 to Count Conrad of Solms-Braunfels
  9. Catharine (19 December 1542 – 25 December 1624), married on 17 November 1560 to Count Günther XLI of Schwarzburg-Arnstadt
  10. Juliana (10 August 1546 – 31 August 1588), married 14 June 1575 to Count Albrecht VII of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
  11. Magdalena (15 December 1547 – 16 May 1633), married on 27 January 1567 to Count Wolfgang of Hohenlohe-Weikersheim
  12. Henry (15 October 1550 – 14 April 1574)
William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg
Born: 10 April 1487 Died: 6 October 1559
Preceded by
John V
Count of Nassau-Dillenburg
1516–1559
Succeeded by
John VI