Justinus van Nassau
|Justinus van Nassau|
Portrait of Justinus of Nassau
by Jan Antonisz. van Ravesteyn
|Died||1631 (aged 71–72)
Leiden, Holland, Dutch Republic
|Resting place||Hooglandse Kerk, Leiden, Netherlands|
|Spouse(s)||Anna van Mérode|
|Children||Willem Maurits van Nassau
Louise Henriëtte van Nassau
Philips van Nassau
|Parent(s)||William the Silent
Justinus van Nassau (1559 – 1631) was the only extramarital child of William the Silent. He was a Dutch army commander known for unsuccessfully defending Breda against the Spanish, and the depiction of his surrender on the famous picture by Diego Velázquez, The Surrender of Breda.
His mother was Eva Elincx, William's mistress between his first and second marriage. William of Orange recognized Justinus and raised him with his other children.
Justinus studied in Leiden and became lieutenant-Colonel on May 17, 1583. On February 28, 1585 he became lieutenant-admiral of Zealand, and fought in 1588 against the Spanish Armada, capturing two galleons.
On December 4, 1597, he married Anne, Baronesse de Mérode (January 9, 1567 - Leiden, October 8, 1634) and had three children.
- Willem Maurits van Nassau (June 1603 - Leiden, 1638), married Maria van Aerssen van Sommelsdijk and had issue:
- Justinus, no issue.
- Justina van Nassau (March 1635 - c. 1676), married George van Cats ter Coulster (1632 – 1676) and had issue:
- Willem Maurits van Cats , (c. 1670 - December 1743).
- Anna van Nassau (c. 1638 - Den Haag, 1721), married Willem Adriaan Count van Horn Batenburg and had issue.
- Louise Henriëtte van Nassau (1604 - between 1637 and 1645), no issue.
- Philips van Nassau (1605 - somewhere between 1672 and 1676), married and had issue.
He and his wife were buried in the Hooglandse Kerk in Leiden.
The following arms are recorded for Justinus, based on those of his father William the Silent. They show the bend-dexter of a legitimate child in white, rather than the bend-sinister of an illegitimate child.:
Arms of Justinus van Nassau.
- Rietstap, Johannes Baptist (1861). Armorial général, contenant la description des armoiries des familles nobles et patriciennes de l'Europe: précédé d'un dictionnaire des termes du blason. G.B. van Goor. p. 746.