Ernest Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg

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Ernest Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
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Ernest Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Spouse(s) Eleonore Charlotte of Courland
Noble family House of Guelph
Father Ferdinand Albert I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Mother Christine of Hesse-Eschwege
Born (1682-03-04)4 March 1682
Died 14 April 1746(1746-04-14) (aged 64)

Ernest Ferdinand of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern (4 March 1682 in Osterholz – 14 April 1746 in Brunswick) was a titular Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburg. He was Prince of Brunswick-Bevern and founder of the younger Brunswick-Bevern line.


He was born in 1682 as the fifth son of Duke Ferdinand Albert I of Brunswick-Bevern and his wife, Landgravine Christine of Hesse-Eschwege. On 1 May 1706, he became a colonel in the Prussian army. In December of that year he succeeded his twin brother, Ferdinand Christian (d. 1706) as provost of the chapters of St. Blaise and St. Cyriakus in Brunswick.

On 1 March 1735, his elder brother, Duke Ferdinand Albert II of Brunswick-Bevern inherited Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. Ferdinand Albert II then gave Brunswick-Bevern to Ernest Ferdinand as an apanage.

Ernest Ferdinand died in Brunswick in 1746. He was the founder of the younger Brunswick-Bevern line, which died out with the death of his son Frederick Charles Ferdinand in 1809

Marriage and issue[edit]

Eleonore Charlotte of Courland (1686-1748)

On 4 August 1714, he married Eleonore Charlotte of Courland (1686-1748), daughter of Frederick Casimir Kettler, with whom he had thirteen children:

  • August William (1715-1781)
  • Christine Sophie (1717-1779), married Margrave Frederick Ernest of Brandenburg-Kulmbach (1703-1762)
  • Frederica (1719-1772)
  • George Louis (1721-1747), father of Danish courtesan Støvlet-Cathrine Benthagen
  • Ernestine (1721)
  • George Frederick (1723-1766)
  • Amalia (1724-1726)
  • Charles William (1725)
  • Frederick August (1726-1729)
  • Anne Marie (1728-1754)
  • Frederick Charles Ferdinand (1729-1809), Danish Marshal
  • John Charles (1731-1732)



Ernest Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Born: 4 March 1682 Died: 14 April 1746
Preceded by
Ferdinand Albert I
Duke of Brunswick-Bevern
Succeeded by
August William