Lamoral, 1st Prince of Ligne

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Lamoral I
Lamoral Ier de Ligne.jpg
Count of Ligne
Reign 1583 – 1601
Predecessor Philippe
Prince of Ligne
Reign 1583 – 1601
Successor Albert Henri
Born (1563-07-19)19 July 1563
Château de Belœil
Died 6 February 1624(1624-02-06) (aged 60)
Spouse Anne-Marie de Melun
Issue Yolande, Duchess of Croÿ
Prince Alexander
Florent, 1st Prince of Amblise
Anne, Marquise de Guadalest
Lambertine, Baroness de Montmartin
Ernestine Yolande, Countess of Nassau-Siegen
Full name
Lamoral de Ligne
House House of Ligne
Father Philippe, Count of Ligne
Mother Margarethe de Lalaing
Religion Roman Catholicism

Lamoral, 1st Prince of Ligne (19 July 1563, in Château de Belœil – 6 February 1624, in Brussels) was a Belgian diplomat of the 17th century.


Lamoral, Count and after 1601 first Prince de Ligne and Prince d'Épinoy, was the son of Philip, Count of Ligne (died 1583), and Marguerite de Lalaing (died 1598), daughter of Philip, Count of Hoogstraten. He was the uncle of Rasse of Gavre, 1st Marquess of Ayseau.

In 1601 he received from Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor the hereditary title of Prince de Ligne.

As a diplomat, the first Prince de Ligne was involved in many historic events of his time. He represented Archduke Albert of Austria and Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain at the French court of Henri IV of France, in Spain and again in Paris, to congratulate King Louis XIII of France with his marriage with the daughter of Philip III of Spain. During this mission, he discussed several issues with the French political leaders.

In 1621 Prince Lamoral I was made grandee of Spain by King Philip IV of Spain for his services rendered to the Crown. He was also made a Knight in the Order of the Golden Fleece.

Marriage and children[edit]

In 1584 Lamoral married Anne-Marie de Melun (died 1634), Marquise de Roubaix, daughter of Hugues II de Melun (1520–1553). They had five children:

  1. Yolande (1585–1611), married in 1599 to Charles Alexandre de Croÿ, Marquis d’Havré (1581–1624), son of Charles Philippe; had one daughter.
  2. Florent (1588–1622), Marquis de Roubaix, married in 1608 with Louise (1594–1667), daughter of Henri de Lorraine-Chaligny. They had:
    1. Albert Henri (1615–1641), 2nd Prince de Ligne, married his cousin Claire-Marie of Nassau (1621–1695), daughter of Ernestine Yolande de Ligne and John VIII, Count of Nassau-Siegen; no issue.
    2. Claude Lamoral (1618–1679), 3rd Prince de Ligne, married his brother's widow; had issue.
  3. Anne (1590–1651), married Felipe Folch de Cardona; had one daughter.
  4. Lambertine (1593–1609), married Philibert de La Baume (1586–1610); had one daughter.
  5. Ernestine Yolande (1594–1668), married in 1618 to John VIII, Count of Nassau-Siegen (1583–1638); had issue.


Lamoral, 1st Prince of Ligne
Born: 19 July 1563 Died: 6 February 1624
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Philippe, Count of Ligne
Count of Ligne
Himself as Prince
New creation Prince of Ligne
Succeeded by
Albert Henri