Ferdinand Albert I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg

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Ferdinand Albert I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
coat of arms of Bevern
Spouse(s) Christine of Hesse-Eschwege
Noble family House of Guelph
Father Augustus the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Mother Elisabeth Sophie of Mecklenburg
Born (1636-05-22)22 May 1636
Died 23 April 1687(1687-04-23) (aged 50)

Ferdinand Albert (German Ferdinand Albrecht; 22 May 1636, Brunswick – 23 April 1687, Bevern), Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, was a relative of the princes of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.


Ferdinand Albert was the third son of Augustus the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg. After the father's death in 1666, the three sons quarreled about the heritage, and Ferdinand Albert received a palace in Bevern, some feudal rights, and a certain amount of money in exchange for his claims to the government of Wolfenbüttel, which was to be ruled jointly by his elder brothers.

Ferdinand Albert grew more and more eccentric, and at some point his brothers had to send a military force to restore order at his palace. He collected many works of art, which later became part of the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum. He died in 1687; his son, Ferdinand Albert, inherited the Principality decades later.


Ferdinand Albert married Christine (30 October 1648 - 18 March 1702), daughter of Frederick, Landgrave of Hesse-Eschwege, in 1667. They had the following children that reached adulthood:

  • Sophia Eleanora (1674–1711), died childless
  • Augustus Ferdinand (1677–1704), died childless
  • Ferdinand Albert II (1680–1735)
  • Ferdinand Christian (1682–1706), died childless
  • Ernest Ferdinand (1682–1746)
  • Henry Ferdinand (1684–1706), died childless



Ferdinand Albert I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Born: 22 May 1636 Died: 25 April 1687
Preceded by
Augustus the Younger
as Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Duke of Brunswick-Bevern
Succeeded by
Ferdinand Albert II