Duke Louis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

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Duke Louis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
1725 Ludwig.jpg
Portrait by the court artist
Georg David Matthieu
of Prince Louis of Mecklenburg
Born(1725-08-06)6 August 1725
Grabow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Died12 September 1778(1778-09-12) (aged 53)
Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Schwerin
SpousePrincess Charlotte Sophie of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
IssueFrederick Francis I, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Sophia Frederica, Hereditary Princess of Denmark and Norway
Full name
German: Ludwig
FatherChristian Ludwig II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
MotherDuchess Gustave Caroline of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Duke Louis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (German: Herzog Ludwig von Mecklenburg-Schwerin; 6 August 1725 – 12 September 1778) was heir to the Dukedom of Mecklenburg-Schwerin from 1756 to his death. He was also the father of the first Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin Frederick Francis I

Early life[edit]

Louis was born at Grabow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, third child and second son of Christian Ludwig II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1683–1756), (son of Frederick, Duke of Mecklenburg-Grabow and Landgravine Christine Wilhelmine of Hesse-Homburg) and his wife, Duchess Gustave Caroline of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1694–1748), (daughter of Adolphus Frederick II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Güstrow).

After the death of the father in 1756, his brother Frederick succeed to the Dukedom. Since his brother died without any surviving issue he was appointed heir, but he died in 1778, and at the death of his brother in 1785 his son Frederick Francis, succeeded as the Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin who later became the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.


Louis married 13 May 1755 at Schwerin to Princess Charlotte Sophie of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1731–1810), daughter of Francis Josias, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, and his wife, Princess Anna Sophie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt.

They had one son and one daughter:

Titles and Styles[edit]

  • 6 August 1725 – 12 September 1778: His Highness Duke Louis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.



  1. ^ Genealogie ascendante jusqu'au quatrieme degre inclusivement de tous les Rois et Princes de maisons souveraines de l'Europe actuellement vivans [Genealogy up to the fourth degree inclusive of all the Kings and Princes of sovereign houses of Europe currently living] (in French). Bourdeaux: Frederic Guillaume Birnstiel. 1768. p. 82.