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Louis VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt

Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
The basics
Date of birth Darmstadt, Darmstadt Government Region, Hesse, Germany
Date of death Oct 17, 1768 Darmstadt, Darmstadt Government Region, Hesse, Germany
Mother: Margravine Dorothea Charlotte of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Father: Ernest Louis of Hesse-Darmstadt
Spouse: Countess Charlotte of Hanau-Lichtenberg
Brother(s): Prince Charles William of Hesse-Darmstadt Prince Francis Ernest of Hesse-Darmstadt
Children: Louis IX Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt Prince George William of Hesse-Darmstadt Landgravine Caroline Louise of Hesse-Darmstadt
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The details

Louis VI of Hesse-Darmstadt (German: Ludwig) (25 January 1630 – 24 April 1678) was Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt from 1661 to 1678.

He was the eldest of three sons of the Landgrave George II of Hesse-Darmstadt and Sophia Eleonore of Saxony.

Marriage and children

Louis VI was married twice.

1. On 24 November 1650 he married Maria Elisabeth of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp (1634–1665), daughter of Frederick III, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp. They had eight children:

  • Magdalene Sybille (1652–1712) a renowned composer of baroque churchsongs; she married Duke William Louis of Württemberg.
  • Sophie Eleonore (born and died 1653).
  • George (1654–1655).
  • Marie Elisabeth (1656–1715) married in 1676 Duke Henry of Saxe-Römhild.
  • Auguste Magdalene (1657–1674).
  • Louis (1658–1678), his successor (Louis VII).
  • Frederick (1659–1676)
  • Sophie Marie (1661–1712) married in 1681 Duke Christian of Saxe-Eisenberg (1653–1707).

2. On 5 December 1666 he married Elisabeth Dorothea of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1640–1709), daughter of Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha. They also had eight children.

  • Ernst Louis (1667–1739), successor of his half-brother Louis VII who ruled for only 4 months
  • Georg (1669–1705), renowned Field Marshal, killed in Barcelona
  • Sophie Louise (1670–1758), married Albrecht Ernst II von Oettingen-Oettingen (1669–1731)
  • Philip (1671–1736), Imperial Field Marshal and governor of Mantua, married in 1693 princess Marie Therese of Croy (1673–1714); Enrichetta Maria d'Este was their daughter
  • Johann (1672–1673)
  • Heinrich (1674–1741)
  • Elisabeth Dorothea (1676–1721), married Frederick III Jakob of Hessen-Homburg (1673–1746)
  • Friedrich (1677–1708), killed in battle


Louis VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
House of Hesse
Born: 25 January 1630 Died: 24 April 1678
Preceded by
George II
Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
Succeeded by
Louis VII

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