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Landgravine Auguste of Hesse-Homburg

Landgravine Auguste of Hesse-Homburg

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Gender female
Birth 28 November 1776 (Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Hochtaunuskreis, Darmstadt Government Region, Hesse)
Death 1 April 1871 (Ludwigslust, Ludwigslust-Parchim District, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany)
Star sign SagittariusSagittarius
Family
Mother: Landgravine Caroline of Hesse-Darmstadt
Father: Frederick V, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg
Siblings: Leopold of Hesse-HomburgFerdinandLandgrave of Hesse-HomburgGustavLandgrave of Hesse-HomburgPhilipLandgrave of Hesse-HomburgLouis WilliamLandgrave of Hesse-HomburgFrederick VILandgrave of Hesse-HomburgPrincess Maria Anna of Hesse-HomburgLandgravine Amalie of Hesse-HomburgCaroline of Hesse-Homburg
Spouse: Frederick Louis, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
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Biography

Landgravine Auguste Fredericka of Hesse-Homburg (full German name: Auguste Friederike, Landgräfin von Hessen-Homburg; 28 November 1776, Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Landgraviate of Hesse-Homburg, Holy Roman Empire – 1 April 1871, Ludwigslust, Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin), was a member of the House of Hesse and a Landgravine of Hesse-Homburg by birth. Through her marriage she was also a member of the House of Mecklenburg and Hereditary Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

She was the sixth child and fourth daughter of Frederick V, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg and his wife Landgravine Caroline of Hesse-Darmstadt, in turn daughter of Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt.

Life

Because all her older sisters married very early, by 1793 Auguste became in the primary caretaker of her ailing father.

In Homburg on 3 April 1818, the 41-years-old Auguste married Frederick Louis, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, twice a widower and father of four surviving children. The marriage was suggested by the late second wife of the Hereditary Grand Duke, Princess Caroline Louise of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (Auguste's first-cousin) at her deathbed.

The union was childless and lasted only 18 months until Frederick Louis' death on 29 November 1819. She was a devoted stepmother for her husband's children, taking responsibility for their upbringing and education. She developed a particularly close relationship with her stepdaughter Helene, eldest child and only daughter of her cousin Caroline Louise.

Auguste, who never remarried, remained in Mecklenburg-Schwerin for the rest of her life, dying in Ludwigslust aged 94. She was buried at the Helena Paulovna Mausoleum, next to her husband and his two previous wives.

Ancestry

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http://www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/gotha/hesse.html
http://www.thepeerage.com/p10209.htm#i102083
http://www.landesbibliographie-mv.de/REL?PPN=325047049
http://www.zeno.org/DamenConvLex-1834/A/Auguste+Friederike
https://books.google.com/books?id=Kj46AAAAcAAJ&pg=PA10&dq=Auguste+Homburg+Mecklenburg&hl=de
https://d-nb.info/gnd/116214627
https://viaf.org/viaf/72139291
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q299900
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/72139291
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