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County of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
Grafschaft Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
State of the Holy Roman Empire
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1607–1648 Image missing
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Capital Sayn (German)
Government Principality
Historical era Middle Ages
 -  Partitioned from
1607 1607
 -  Annexed by Abp Cologne
    on death of count
 -  Succession resolved:
    partitioned in twain
1648 1648
The old and the new castle at Sayn

Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn was a County of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, comprising the lands of the region of Sayn. It was created as a partition of Sayn-Wittgenstein in 1607, although it was not until the next year that it obtained fully the Countship of Sayn. The succession was never clear, leading to the annexation of the County by the Archbishop of Cologne. It was not until a treaty in 1648 by the end of the Thirty Years' War was it decided the county would pass to the sisters Ernestine and Johanette, under the regency of their mother Louise Juliane. They partitioned the County into Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn-Altenkirchen and Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hachenburg soon after.

Count of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (1607–1623)[edit]

  • William III (1607–23)

Count of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, Second Creation[edit]

Count William III's sons from his second marriage with Anna Ottilie of Nassau-Weilburg became Counts of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn. The branch became extinct in 1846 with count Gustaf zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn.

Princes of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, Third Creation[edit]

Count Ludwig Franz II (1694 - 1750) of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg-Ludwigsburg founded a branch which in 1834 became Prussian Princes and in 1861 Princes of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn. The present head of this house is Alexander, Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, the 7th prince (born 1943).

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