Christian Ditlev, Count of Reventlow
|The counts of Reventlow Coat of Arms|
|Born||10 March 1710|
|Died||30 March 1775|
|Spouse(s)||Countess Johanne Sophie Frederikke von Bothmer |
Countess Charlotte Amalie von Holstein
|Issue||Christian Ditlev Frederik Reventlow, Louise Stolberg|
|Father||Christian Ditlev Reventlow|
|Mother||Benedicte Margrethe von Brockdorff|
Reventlow was the third son of Christian Ditlev Reventlow and his wife Benedicte Margrethe von Brockdorff; as such, he was born into a family of significant influence and wealth. His father, an officer and diplomat, had close familial ties to the Danish royal family and had been betrothed to Anna Christiane Gyldenløve, illegitimate daughter of King Christian V of Denmark, who died young. Furthermore, his paternal aunt was Anne Sophie Reventlow, morganatic wife of King Frederik IV of Denmark, and later Queen of Denmark. Despite his position, Reventlow devoted his life to his family and the maintenance of his estates, showing very little interest in life at court.
He married in 1737 Johanne Sophie Frederikke von Bothmer, a daughter of Reichsgraf Friedrich Johann von Bothmer (1658-1729), elder brother of Hans Caspar von Bothmer. Though he had little-to-no political influence, he fathered three of the most prominent members of the Reventlow family: Prime Minister Christian Ditlev Frederik Reventlow, Johan Ludvig Reventlow and Salonist Louise Stolberg.
He is buried in Gorslunde Church.
- Reventlow, Christian Ditlev. In Dansk Biografisk Leksikon (Danish Biographical Dictionary). URL: http://rosekamp.dk/DBL_All/DBL_19_text.pdf