Ernest Constantine, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal

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Ernest Constantine, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal
Filippstalsky Ernest.jpg
Born (1771-08-08)8 August 1771
Died 25 December 1849(1849-12-25) (aged 78)
Noble family House of Hesse
Spouse(s) Louise of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
Caroline of Hesse-Philippsthal
Father William, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal
Mother Ulrika Eleonora of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld

Ernest Constantine, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal (8 August 1771 in Philippsthal – 25 December 1849 in Meiningen) was a member of the House of Hesse and Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal from 1816 until his death.


Ernest Constantine was the youngest son of the Landgrave William of Hesse-Philippsthal (1726-1810) from his marriage with Ulrika Eleonora (1732-1795), daughter of Count William of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld.

Until 1796 he was an officer in Dutch service. In 1797, he acquired the porcelain manufactory in Volkstedt (a suburb of Rudolstadt), which he sold two years later.

In 1808 he became Grand Chamberlain of the Jérôme Bonaparte, the King of Westphalia. After the dissolution of the kingdom of Westphalia, Ernst Constantine succeeded his brother Louis as Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal in 1810. He also re-entered Dutch service, where he was appointed general.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Ernest Constantine married on 10 April 1796 in Rudolstadt with his first wife Louise (1775-1808), the daughter of Prince Frederick Charles of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (1736-1793), with whom he had the following children:

  • Frederick William (1797-1797)
  • Ferdinand (1799-1837)
  • George Gustav (1801-1802)
  • Charles II (1803-1868), who succeeded him as Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal
married in 1845 Duchess Marie of Württemberg (1818-1888)
  • Francis (1805-1861), created Baron of Falkener in 1841
married in 1841 (morganatically) Mary Catharine Kohlmann (1819-1904)

He married his second wife on 17 February 1812 in Kassel. She was his niece Caroline (1793-1872), a daughter of his elder brother Prince Charles of Hesse-Philippsthal. From this second marriage he had the following children:

  • Victoria (1812-1837)
  • William Edward (1817-1819)



Ernest Constantine, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal
Born: 8 August 1771 Died: 25 December 1849
Preceded by
Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal
Succeeded by
Charles II