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|Prince Dun of the First Rank
|Prince Dun of the First Rank|
|Reign||1846 - 1889|
|Successor||Zailian (demoted to beile)|
|Born||23 July 1831|
|Died||18 February 1889(aged 57)|
Yicong was born in the Manchu Aisin Gioro clan as the fifth son of the Daoguang Emperor. His mother was Consort Xiang from the Niohuru clan. He was adopted by his uncle, Miankai (綿愷), who had no male heir. Upon Miankai's death, Yicong inherited his uncle's title "Prince Dun of the First Rank" (惇親王).
In 1850, the Daoguang Emperor died and was succeeded by his fourth son Yizhu, who was enthroned as the Xianfeng Emperor. When the Xianfeng Emperor died in 1861, Yicong and his seventh brother, Yixuan (Prince Chun), were both in Rehe Province while their sixth brother, Yixin (Prince Gong) was in the imperial capital, Beijing. Yicong sided with Prince Gong in the Xinyou Coup of 1861 and helped him seize power from the eight regents appointed by the Xianfeng Emperor on his deathbed to assist his successor, the child Tongzhi Emperor. After the Tongzhi Emperor died in 1875, Empress Dowager Cixi chose one of Prince Chun's sons, Zaitian, to be the new emperor; Zaitian was enthroned as the Guangxu Emperor.
Yicong died in 1889 during the reign of the Guangxu Emperor. His great-grandson Yuyan was a self-proclaimed successor to Puyi, the Last Emperor of China. Yicong's former residence is at the Qinghua Gardens (清華園), the current location of Tsinghua University (Qinghua University).
- Adoptive father: Miankai (綿愷; 1795–1838), third son of the Jiaqing Emperor, held the title of "Prince Dun of the First Rank" (惇親王). His only son, Yizuan (奕纘; 1817–1821), died at a young age and had no heir. He adopted Yicong, who inherited his princely title.
- Zailian (載濂; 1854–1917), Yicong's eldest son, made a beile.
- Zaiyi(端郡王; 1856–1922), Yicong's second son, held the title "Prince Duan of the Second Rank" (端郡王).
- Zailan (載瀾; 1856-1916), Yicong's third son, held the title "Burubafen Duke Who Assists the Nation" (不入八分輔國公).
- Zaiying (載瀛), Yicong's fourth son, inherited a beile title.
- Zaijin (載津), Yicong's fifth son, held the title "Burubafen Duke Who Assists the Nation" (不入八分輔國公).
|Ancestors of Yicong|