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County of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
Grafschaft Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
Status State of the Holy Roman Empire
Capital Sayn (in 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
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Image missing Sayn-Wittgenstein
Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn-Altenkirchen Image missing
Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hachenburg Image missing
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)

Counts 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[1][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).

Line of succession[edit]

  • Ludwig Franz II, Count of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg-Ludwigsburg (1694-1750)
    • Christian Ludwig Casimir, Count of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg-Ludwigsburg (1725-1797)
      • Ludwig Adolf Peter, 1st Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein (Prussia) 1834 (1769-1843)
        • Ludwig Adolf Friedrich, succeeded to Prussian titles, 1st Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn 1861-1866 (1799–1866)
          • Peter, succeeded to Prussian titles (1831-1887)
          • Friedrich, succeeded younger brother as 3rd Prince 1876-1879, resigned, succeeded older brother in Prussian titles 1887 (1836–1909)
            • < his descendants hold various Prussian and Russian titles >
          • Ludwig, 2nd Prince 1866-1876 (1843–1876)
          • Alexander, 4th Prince 1879-1883, resigned in favor of his son (1847–1940)
            • Stanislaus, 5th Prince 1883-1958 (1872–1958)
            • Prince Gustav Alexander of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (1880–1953)
              • Ludwig Stanislaus, 6th Prince 1953-1962 (1915–1962)
                • Alexander, 7th Prince 1962–present (born 1943)
                  • Heinrich, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (born 1971)
                    • Prince Ludovico of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (born 2006)
                  • Prince Casimir of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (born 1976)
                    • Prince Alexander of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (born 2002)
                  • Prince Ludwig of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (born 1982)
                  • Prince Peter of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (born 1992)
                • Prince Peter of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (born 1954)
                  • Prince Constantin of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (born 1994)


  1. ^ Marek, Miroslav. "sponheim/sponh18.html". [self-published source][better source needed]

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