Christian Gyldenløve

Christian Gyldenløve, Count of Samsøe (Copenhagen, 28 February 1674 – Odense, 16 July 1703), was a Danish nobleman and military officer. He was one of five illegitimate children fathered by Christian V of Denmark with Sophie Amalie Moth.

Christian Gyldenløve
Count of Samsøe
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Other titlesCounty Governor of Bergenhus stiftamt (1681–1699)
Commanding officer of The infantry regiment 'Youl Danois' (under his leadership called the "Royal Danois") (1692–1694)
Lieutenant General of the Cavalry and The Infantry of Norway (1695–1701)
General of the Cavalry and The Infantry of Norway (1696-)
Supreme Commander of the militia in Norway (1696–1697)
Field Marshal Lieutenant (1697-)
Field Marshal (1699-)
General Field Marshal Lieutenant (1701–1703)
Commander-in-Chief of the Danish-Norwegian auxiliary corps (1701–1703)
Imperial Generalfeldmarschall (1702–1703)
Lord Chamberlain of Denmark (1696–1703)
Born28. February 1674
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died16. July 1703
Odense, Denmark
BuriedSt. Peter's Church, Copenhagen, Denmark
Noble familyDanneskiold-Samsøe
FatherChristian V of Denmark
MotherSophie Amalie Moth

He distinguished himself in both foreign and Danish-Norwegian military service and established himself as the Danish Count Danneskiold-Samsøe, which descended from his second marriage.

In Copenhagen on 27 November 1696 Christian married firstly his second cousin Countess Charlotte Amalie Danneskiold-Laurvig (15 November 1682 – 7 December 1699), a daughter of Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve. They had two daughters:

In Copenhagen on 25 May 1701 Christian married secondly Dorothea Krag (27 September 1675 – Gisselfeld, 10 October 1754). They had two sons:

After his death, his widow assumed his post of royal General Postmaster.


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Preceded by County Governor of Bergenhus stiftamt
Succeeded by