Louis of Nassau, Lord of De Lek and Beverweerd

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Louis at 18 months of age in 1604, by Daniël van den Queborn, 1604/5
Portrait of Louis of Nassau, Lord of den Lek and Beverweerd (1602-1665)about 1650.
Arms of Louis of Lecke, Lord of Beverweerd.

Louis of Nassau, Lord of De Lek and Beverweerd (1602 – 28 February 1665) was a Dutch soldier. He was the illegitimate son of Margaretha van Mechelen and Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange, and so a collateral member of the House of Orange-Nassau. He was a Lord of the heerlijkheid De Lek and Beverweerd. From his father he inherited the estate of Beverweerd; and when his older brother Willem died in 1627 he inherited his estate as well.[1]

Career[edit]

He joined the army which had claimed his brother William's life and served with distinction in 1629 in the battle near Den Bosch. In 1632 he was advanced to Colonel and after 1635 was in charge of a regiment. In 1640 during the battle for Hulst he prevented the cannons from falling into enemy hands. In the same year he was sent to Paris to advise the French king of the forthcoming marriage of the 14-year-old William II of Orange to the 9-year-old English Princess Mary Stuart. Also, when the young Prince proceeded to England to fetch his bride, he was accompanied by Louis of Nassau. In 1643 he became General-Major and Governor of the city of Bergen-op-Zoom.

Despite his mother's objections he married Isabella van Hornes in the spring of 1630 and from this marriage ten children were born. Lodewijk was highly regarded by his uncle, Prince Frederick Henry, and took part in the Prince's family life.

Louis was originally a supporter of his next of kin, the Princes of Orange. After the death of William II he made his peace with the anti-Orangist regents of the cities of the Dutch Republic and worked with the administration of Johan de Witt, becoming First Noble of Holland. In 1658 Louis of Nassau became Governor of Den Bosch and in 1660 was sent as a special ambassador to England. In addition to his representing the Dutch republic, two of his daughters were married to British noblemen. Emilia married the heir of the Duke of Ormonde and Elisabeth the Earl of Arlington, one of King Charles II's ministers. By 1662 he had forged an apparently strong relationship between England and the Dutch republic and returned to Holland where he died on 28 February 1665. [2]

Marriage and children[edit]

He married Countess Isabella of Hornes in the spring of 1630, and had ten children.

He and Countess Isabella had three surviving sons:

He also had seven daughters of whom the two eldest were:

His descendants are buried in the family crypt at Ouderkerk aan den IJssel

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William I "the Silent"
(1533–1584), Prince of Orange 1544, Stadholder of Holland, Zealand & Utrecht, assassinated by Spanish agent]]
Princely crown.svg
Willem van Oranje wapen.svg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maurice
(1567–1625), Prince of Orange,1618, Stadholder of Holland, Zealand, Utrecht, etc.
Princely crown.svg
Arms of Maurice or Nassau Prince of Orange.PNG
 
Margaretha van Mechelen
(c. 1580 – 1662)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
William of Nassau
(1601–1627)
"chevalier de Nassau",
lord of de Lek
 
 
 
 
 
 
Louis of Nassau
(1602– 1665)
Lord of De Lek and Beverweerd
Nassau laLecq.svg
 
 
 
Isabella van Hornes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Willem Jonker van Nassau
(1620–1679)
 
 
 
 
 
Maurits Lodewijk van Nassau
(1631–1683)
lord of den Lecq
 
 
William Adrian of Nassau
(1632–1705)
lord of Odijk
 
Elisabeth of Nassau
(1633–1718)
married Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington
 
 
 
Emilia
(1635–1688)
married Thomas Butler, 6th Earl of Ossory
 
 
Wilhelmina
(c. 1638 – 1688)
married Aelbert van Ruytenburgh
 
Henry of Nassau
(1640– 1708)
lord of Ouwerkerk
count of Nassau, 1679
Master of the Horse to William III of England
general, and commander of Dutch troops under Duke of Marlborough's
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
William of Nassau
(1654-)
Barbara of Nassau
(1659-)
Alida of Nassau
(1661-)
John of Nassau
(1663-)
Maurits Lodewijk of Nassau
(1670–1740)
lord of den Lek
 
Lodewijk Adriaan of Nassau
(1670–1742)
lord of Odijk
 
Elisabeth Wilhelmina of Nassau
(1671–1729)
married her cousin Maurits Lodewijk II van Nassau-LaLecq
 
Charlotte of Nassau
(1677–1715)
married her cousin Willem Maurits van Nassau-Ouwerkerk
Isabella of Nassau
(1668–1692)
married Charles Granville, 2nd Earl of Bath
Lodewijk van Nassau
(1669–1687)
Lucia van Nassau
(1671–1673)
Henry of Nassau
(1673–1754)
1st earl of Grantham
Cornelis van Nassau
(1675–1712)
lord of Woudenberg
Willem Maurits van Nassau
(1679–1753)
lord of Ouwerkerk
married his cousin Charlotte of Nassau
Frans van Nassau
(1682–1710)
Lucia Anna van Nassau
(1684–1744)
married Nanfan Coote, 2nd Earl of Bellomont
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Willem Hendrik van Nassau
(1693–1762)
lord of Ouderkerk
Anna Isabella van Nassau
1695–1765)
married Mattheus Hoeufft Jr.
Hendrik Carel van Nassau
(1696–1781)
lord of Beverweerd and Odijk
Lodewijk Theodoor van Nassau
1701–1748)
Jan Nicolaas Floris van Nassau
(1709–1782)
lord of Ouderkerk
 
Alida Cornelia van Nassau
(1705-170?)
 
 
 
 
 
Willem Adriaan II van Nassau
(1704–1759)
graaf van Nassau, lord of Odijk, vrijheer van Bergen (1708)
Henry of Nassau
(1697–1718)
Viscount Boston,1698
Thomas of Nassau
(1700–1730)
Viscount Boston,1718
Frances of Nassau
(1711–1772)
married Captain (later Lieutenant-Colonel) William Elliot of Wells
Emilia Mary of Nassau
(1702–1712)
Henrietta de Nassau
(1712–1747)
married William Clavering-Cowper, 2nd Earl Cowper
William Henry
(1710–1735)
Elisabeth
(1712-)
Francoise Henriette
(1711-)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Catherina Elisabeth Wilhelmina van Nassau
(1736–1777)
Lodewijk Theodoor II van Nassau
(1741–1795)
lord of de Lek, lord of Ouderkerk (1762–1773)
Jan Floris van Nassau
(1751–1814)
lord of de Lek, lord of Ouderkerk
 
Louise Suzanna van Nassau
(1726–1803)
married Frederik Christoffel graaf van Degenfeld-Schönburg (1721–1781)
 
Willem Lodewijk van Nassau
(1727–1792)
vrijheer van Bergen
 
Wigbold Adriaan van Nassau
(1729–1797)
lord of Odijk,etc. and vrijheer van Bergen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan Floris Hendrik Carel van Nassau
(1782–1824)
count of Nassau-la Lecq
Arms of Nassau.svg


References[edit]

  1. ^ van der Pas, Leo. "Lodewijk van Nassau Heer van Beverweerd". Lodewijk van Nassau Heer van Beverweerd. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Rowen, Herbert H. (1978). John de Witt, grand pensionary of Holland, 1625-1672. Princeton University Press. 

External links[edit]

References: See: Reinildis van Ditzhuyzen, Oranje-Nassau: Een biografisch woordenboek, Haarlem 2004, 171-173 (with a portrait, ca. 1650)