Countess Johanna Sophia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

Countess Johanna Sophia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born 16 December 1673 in Langenburg; died: 18 August 1743 in Stadthagen) was a German noblewoman by birth and by marriage Countess of Schaumburg-Lippe.

Johanna Sophia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Johanna Sophia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg around 1700
Portrait by Hans Hinrich Rundt
Born(1673-12-16)16 December 1673
Died18 August 1743(1743-08-18) (aged 69)
Noble familyHouse of Hohenlohe
Spouse(s)Frederick Christian, Count of Schaumburg-Lippe
FatherHenry Frederick, Count of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
MotherDorothea Juliana Countess of Castell-Remlingen

Johanna Sophia was the sixth daughter of Count Henry Frederick of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and his second wife Dorothea Juliana, Countess of Castell-Remlingen. Besides her beauty, she was also a clever and apt pupil.

Marriage and issueEdit

On 4 January 1691 in Langenburg Johanna Sophia married Count Frederick Christian of Schaumburg-Lippe (1655–1728). Early in their marriage, she was allowed to accompany her husband, who travelled a great deal, but later was left behind more often. When disagreements erupted between Johanna Sophie and her husband, she moved with her two sons to Hanover. The marriage ended in divorce in 1723, and two years later Frederick Christian married his mistress, Maria Anna von Gall. Johanna Sophia and Frederick Christian had the following children:

  • Frederick August (1693–1694)
  • Wilhelm Ludwig (1695-1695)
  • Sophie Charlotte (1697-1697)
  • Philip (1697–1698)
  • Albert Wolfgang (1699–1748), Count of Schaumburg-Lippe 1728-1748
  • Frederick Charles Louis (1702–1776)

Later lifeEdit

Johanna Sophia became friends with the Electoral Princess Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach (1683–1737), later wife of King George II and accompanied her to the United Kingdom. The Countess was a Lady-in-waiting at the English court of the Kings of Hanover in London.


  • Anna-Franziska von Schweinitz: Johanna Sophia Gräfin zu Schaumburg-Lippe, Gräfin zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1673–1743). Ein Leben an den Höfen von Langenburg, Bückeburg, Hannover und St. James, in: Lebensbilder aus Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart 2001, pp. 100–128
  • Liselotte von der Pfalz: Briefe an Johanna Sophie von Schaumburg-Lippe, annotated and with an afterword, ed. by Jürgen Voss, in: Kleines Archiv des 18. Jahrhunderts, Röhrig Universitätsverlag, St. Ingbert, 2003, p. 136 ff

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