William II, Prince of Nassau-Dillenburg

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William II, Prince of Nassau-Dillenburg
Spouse(s) Johanna Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön-Norburg
Noble family House of Nassau
Father Henry, Prince of Nassau-Dillenburg
Mother Dorothea Elisabeth of Legnica-Brzeg
Born (1670-08-28)28 August 1670
Died 21 September 1724(1724-09-21) (aged 54)
Buried Evangelical City Church in Dillenburg

Prince William II of Nassau-Dillenburg (28 August 1670 – 21 September 1724 in Dillenburg) was the ruling Prince of Nassau-Dillenburg from 1701 until his death. His parents were Prince Henry (1641–1701) and his wife Princess Dorothea Elisabeth of Legnica-Brzeg (1646–1691).


Around 1694 he made his grand tour which took him through Germany, the Netherlands, England, Denmark, Sweden and Italy. After his father's death in 1701 he inherited Nassau-Dillenburg. In 1711, Francis Alexander died, and William II inherited a share of Nassau-Hadamar. Negotiations dragged on until 1717; in the end William II received Mengerskirchen, Lahr in the Westerwald, and Frickhofen.

In 1709, he became a knight in the Order of Saint Hubert, which had been revived by Elector Palatine John William in September 1708.[1]

William II died in 1724 and was buried in the Evangelical City Church in Dillenburg. As he had no male heir, his principality was inherited by his brother Christian.

Marriage and issue[edit]

He married on 13 January 1699 in Harzgerode to Johanna Dorothea (24 December 1676 – 29 November 1727), the daughter of Duke Augustus of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön-Norburg. They had two children:

  • Henry Augustus William (15 November 1700 – 22 August 1718)
  • Elisabeth Chalotte (14 July 1703 – 22 June 1720)

The family was buried in the Evangelical City Church in Dillenburg.


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Leopold Zedlitz-Neukirch, Neues preussisches Adels-Lexicon, p.85 Online
William II, Prince of Nassau-Dillenburg
Born: 28 August 1670 Died: 21 September 1724
Preceded by
Prince of Nassau-Dillenburg
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Francis Alexander
Prince of Nassau-Hadamar