Frederick William Adolf, Prince of Nassau-Siegen

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Frederick William Adolf, Prince of Nassau-Siegen
Born(1680-02-20)20 February 1680
Siegen
Died13 February 1722(1722-02-13) (aged 41)
Noble familyHouse of Nassau
Spouse(s)Elisabeth of Hesse-Homburg
Amalie Louise of Courland
FatherWilliam Maurice, Prince of Nassau-Siegen
MotherErnestina Charlotte of Nassau-Dillenburg

Frederick William Adolf (20 February 1680 – 13 February 1722) was the titular Prince of Nassau-Siegen from 1691 until his death; he actually ruled the principality from 1707. He constructed the Lower Castle in Siegen.[1]

He was the eldest son of Prince William Maurice of Nassau-Siegen and his wife Ernestina Charlotte of Nassau-Dillenburg. He was only 11 years old when his father died. His uncle, John Francis Desideratus took up the regency. When his uncle died in 1699, the regency was taken up by his uncle's son William Hyacinth. After a revolt against William Hyacinth's mismanagement of the principality, Frederick William Adolf took up government on 29 March 1707.

Marriage and issue[edit]

He married twice. On 7 January 1702, he married Elisabeth (6 January 1681 – 12 November 1707), the daughter of Frederick II, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg. With her, he had the following children:

After Elisabeth's death he married on 13 April 1708 Amalie Louise, the daughter of Duke Frederick Casimir Kettler of Courland and Zemgale and his wife Sophie Amalie of Nassau-Siegen. After Frederick William Adolf's death, she ruled Nassau-Siegen as regent for her stepson Frederick William II. This marriage produced the following children:

  • Adelaide Wilhelmine Sophia (1 March 1709 – 16 December 1710)[2]
  • Charles Frederick (4 March 1710 – 25 December 1710)
  • Charlotte Wilhelmine (25 April 1711 – 7 March 1771)
  • Auguste Albertine (9 September 1712 – 22 February 1742), married Count Charles Frederick William of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein (29 January 1708 – 9 June 1756)
  • Louis Ferdinand (29 March 1714 – 26 February 1715)
  • Caroline Amalie Adolfine (26 November 1715 – 1752), married Count Christian August of Solms-Laubach
  • William Maurice (1 March 1717 – 5 August 1719)
  • Elisabeth Hedwig (19 April 1719 – 10 January 1789), married Count Charles Frederick William of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Zurückgeblättert...", in the Siegener Zeitung of 5 March 2011
  2. ^ Ancestry.com. Germany, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Frederick William Adolf, Prince of Nassau-Siegen
Born: 20 February 1680 Died: 13 February 1722
Preceded by Prince of Nassau-Siegen
1707–1722
Succeeded by