Augustus, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön-Norburg

Duke Augustus of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön-Norburg (9 May 1635 – 17 September 1699 in Plön) was Duke of a small part of Schleswig-Holstein around Nordborg Castle on the island of Als. He was the founder of the Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön-Norburg line.

Augustus, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön-Norburg
Born(1635-05-09)9 May 1635
Died17 September 1699(1699-09-17) (aged 64)
Noble familyHouse of Oldenburg
Spouse(s)Elisabeth Charlotte of Anhalt-Harzgerode
FatherJoachim Ernest, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön
MotherDorothea Augusta of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp


August was the second son of Joachim Ernest and Dorothea Augusta of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp. Although his line was a cadet branch, his son Joachim Frederick would later inherit the Duchy of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön. From 1645 to 1650, Augustus and his brother John Adolphus. who was one year older, made a Grand Tour of European countries, visiting, inter alia, England and France.

Augustus became an officer in the army of Brandenburg-Prussia and was promoted to General of the Infantry on 20 August 1664. At the same time, he was appointed governor of Magdeburg. On 21 December 1674, he was appointed governor of Minden, as a reward for his bravery in the war against the Ottoman Empire. On 7 July 1676, he received the island of Usedom as a reward for his services in the Scanian War. However, the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye of 1679 awarded Usedom to Sweden. When Elector Frederick William died in 1688, he retired from the brandenburg army and settled at Nordborg Castle.

On 29 May 1676 he was awarded the Order of the Elephant in Copenhagen.

Marriage and issueEdit

He married Elisabeth Charlotte of Anhalt-Harzgerode (11 February 1647 – 20 January 1723), daughter of Prince Frederick of Anhalt-Bernburg-Harzgerode and his first wife, Johanna Elisabeth of Nassau-Hadamar. She was since 1665 the widow of Prince William Louis of Anhalt-Köthen. They had the following children:

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