Landgravine Charlotte of Hesse-Homburg

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Charlotte of Hesse-Homburg
Duchess consort of Saxe-Weimar
Reign 1694-1707
Born (1672-06-17)17 June 1672
Kassel
Died 29 August 1738(1738-08-29) (aged 66)
Weimar
Spouse Johann Ernst III, Duke of Saxe-Weimar
Issue Prince Johann Ernest
Full name
Charlotte Dorothea Sophia
Father Frederick II, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg
Mother Louise Elisabeth of Courland

Charlotte of Hesse-Homburg (Charlotte Dorothea Sophia; 17 June 1672 - 29 August 1738), was a German noblewoman member of the House of Hesse and by marriage Duchess of Saxe-Weimar.

Born in Kassel, she was the eldest of twelve children born from the second marriage of Frederick II, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg with Louise Elisabeth Kettler, Princess of Courland and Semigallia. From her eleven full-siblings, eight survive adulthood: Frederick III Jacob, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg, Karl Christian, Hedwig Louise (by marriage Countess of Schlieben), Philipp, Wilhelmine Maria (by marriage Countess of Aldenburg), Eleonore Margarete, Elisabeth Franziska (by marriage Princess of Nassau-Siegen) and Casimir William (whose son eventually inherited Homburg). In addition, Charlotte had further three half-siblings from her father's third marriage with Sophie Sybille of Leiningen-Westerburg, of whom only one survive: Louis George.[1]

Life[edit]

In Kassel on 4 November 1694 Charlotte married Johann Ernst III, Duke of Saxe-Weimar as his second wife. They had four children:[2][3]

  1. Charles Frederick (Weimar, 31 October 1695 - Weimar, 30 March 1696).
  2. Johann Ernest (Weimar, 25 December 1696 - Frankfurt, 1 August 1715).
  3. Marie Louise (Weimar, 18 December 1697 - Weimar, 29 December 1704).
  4. Christiane Sophie (Weimar, 7 April 1700 - Weimar, 18 February 1701).

After her husband's death in 1707, she received as a Wittum (Dower land) the town of Hardisleben. Her main residence was the Yellow Castle (German: Gelbe Schloss) in Weimar, which was built during 1702-1704.

The guardianship of her only surviving child, Johann Ernest, was given to her brother-in-law William Ernest; however, Charlotte devotedly took care of her son during his illness and death aged 18, in 1715.

Charlotte died in Weimar aged 66. She was buried in the Fürstengruft, Weimar.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Marek, Miroslav. "Genealogy of the House of Hesse". genealogy.euweb.cz. Retrieved 5 October 2014. [self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Charlotte Dorothea Sophia Landgraefin v.Hessen-Homburg in: Genealogy Database by Herbert Stoyan [retrieved 5 October 2014].
  3. ^ Marek, Miroslav. "Genealogy of the House of Wettin". genealogy.euweb.cz. Retrieved 5 October 2014. [self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ Hesse-Homburg line in: Royaltyguide.nl [retrieved 5 October 2014].

References[edit]

Landgravine Charlotte of Hesse-Homburg
Born: 17 June 1672 Died: 29 August 1738
German royalty
Vacant
Title last held by
Princess Sophie Auguste of Anhalt-Zerbst
Duchess consort of Saxe-Weimar
1694-1707
Vacant
Title next held by
Eleonore Wilhelmine of Anhalt-Köthen