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William, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal

William, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal

Landgrave of hesse-philippsthal
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Gender male
Birth August 29, 1726 (Philippsthal, Hersfeld-Rotenburg, Kassel Government Region, Hesse)
Death August 8, 1810 (Philippsthal, Hersfeld-Rotenburg, Kassel Government Region, Hesse)
Mother: Caroline Christine of Saxe-Eisenach
Father: Charles I, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal
Siblings: Princess Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Philippsthal
Spouse: someone
Children: Landgravine Juliane of Hesse-PhilippsthalLouis, Landgrave of Hesse-PhilippsthalErnest Constantine, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal
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William of Hesse-Philippsthal (born 29 August 1726 in Philippsthal; died: 8 August 1810, Philippsthal) was a member of the House of Hesse and Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal from 1770 until his death.


William was the eldest son of Landgrave Charles I of Hesse-Philippsthal from his marriage to Catherine Christine (1699–1743), daughter of Duke John William III of Saxe-Eisenach. He succeeded his father in 1770 as Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal.

William served in the Dutch army as General of the Cavalry and Governor of 's-Hertogenbosch. William was also Komtur of the Knights Hospitallers of the Commandry of Łagów.

In 1806, the Landgraviate of Philippsthal was occupied by French troops and annexed to the short-lived Kingdom of Westphalia. William died before his territory could be liberated from the French.

Marriage and issue

William married on 22 June 1755 in Tournai his cousin Ulrika Eleonora (1732–1795), daughter of Landgrave William of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld, with whom he had the following children:

  • Caroline (1756–1756)
  • Charles (1757–1793), lieutenant colonel in the Guard Regiment of Hesse-Kassel
married in 1791 princess Victoria of Anhalt-Bernburg (1772–1817), daughter of Prince Franz Adolph of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym
  • William (1758–1760)
  • Frederick (1760–1761)
  • Juliane (1761–1799)
married in 1780 Count Philip Ernest of Schaumburg-Lippe (1723–1787)
  • Frederick (1764–1794) Imperial lieutenant colonel in a Russian Guard Regiment Cuirassiers
  • Louis (1766–1816), Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal
married in 1791 Countess Marie Francisca Berghe of Trips (1771–1805)
married firstly in 1796 Princess Louise of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (1775–1808)
married secondly in 1812 Princess Caroline of Hesse-Philippsthal (1793–1872)


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William, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal
House of Hesse
Born: 29 August 1726 Died: 8 August 1810
Preceded by
Charles I
Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal
Hesse-Philippsthal annexed
by the Kingdom of Westphalia
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