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Henry Louis, Prince of Nassau-Saarbrücken

Henry Louis, Prince of Nassau-Saarbrücken

Titular Prince of Nassau-Saarbrücken from the late 18th century
The basics
Gender male
Birth March 9, 1768 (Saarbrücken, Regionalverband Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany)
Death April 27, 1797 (Cadolzburg, Fürth, Middle Franconia, Bavaria)
Mother: Wilhelmine von Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
Father: LouisPrince of Nassau-Saarbrücken
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The details

Henry Louis Charles Albert, Prince of Nassau-Saarbrücken (9 March 1768 in Saarbrücken – 27 April 1797 near Cadolzburg), was a titular prince of Nassau-Saarbrücken. He never actually reigned, because the country was occupied by French revolutionary troops from 1793 until after his death.


He was the son of Louis, Prince of Nassau-Saarbrücken and his first wife, Wilhelmine of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (1751–1780). His parents' marriage was unhappy, so that Wihelmine retreated to Halberg Castle, where she raised her son.

He studied physics, first in Strasbourg and from 1782 to 1785 in Göttingen. Then he went on his Grand Tour. In 1786, he was in Berlin and in the spring of 1787 in Italy.

On 14 May 1793 he had to flee when French troop attacked Neunkirchen castle. He entered Prussian military service. He had to watch when his ancestral castle went up in flames in October 1793. On 14 November 1793, he was promoted to colonel in the Prussian cavalry.

In 1794 his father died and he inherited the title of Prince. However, Nassau-Saarbrücken was still occupied by French revolutionary troops and he could not rule his principality.

In 1797 he died after a fall from a horse. Since he had no descendants, Nassau-Saarbrücken fell to his first cousin once removed, Prince Charles William of Nassau-Usingen (his father's first cousin). His half brother Adolf came of age in 1805 and resumed the title Prince of Nassau-Saarbrücken.


He married on 6 October 1785 to Princess Marie Françoise Maximilienne of Saint Mauris-Montbarrey (2 November 1761 – 2 February 1838), the daughter of Alexandre Marie Léonor de Saint-Mauris de Montbarrey. They left no issue.


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