Duke Louis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Ludwig of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Hereditary Prince o Mecklenburg-Schwerin (German: Ludwig von Mecklenburg-Schwerin; 6 August 1725 – 12 September 1778) was heir to the Dukedom of Mecklenburg-Schwerin from 1756 to his death. He was also the father of the first Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Frederick Francis I.

Ludwig of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Hereditary Prince of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Ludwig, Hereditary Prince of Mecklenburg-Schwerin by Georg David Matthieu (Schweriner Schloss).jpg
Portrait by the court artist Georg David Matthieu
Born(1725-08-06)6 August 1725
Grabow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Died12 September 1778(1778-09-12) (aged 53)
Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Schwerin
SpousePrincess Charlotte Sophie of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
IssueFrederick Francis I, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Sophia Frederica, Hereditary Princess of Denmark and Norway
Full name
FatherChristian Ludwig II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
MotherDuchess Gustave Caroline of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Early lifeEdit

Louis was born at Grabow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, third child and second son of Christian Ludwig II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1683–1756), (son of Frederick, Duke of Mecklenburg-Grabow and Landgravine Christine Wilhelmine of Hesse-Homburg) and his wife, Duchess Gustave Caroline of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1694–1748), (daughter of Adolphus Frederick II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Güstrow).

After the death of the father in 1756, his brother Frederick succeed to the Dukedom. Since his brother died without any surviving issue he was appointed heir, but he died in 1778, and at the death of his brother in 1785 his son Frederick Francis, succeeded as the Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin who later became the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.


Louis married 13 May 1755 at Schwerin to Princess Charlotte Sophie of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1731–1810), daughter of Francis Josias, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, and his wife, Princess Anna Sophie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt.

They had one son and one daughter:



  1. ^ Genealogie ascendante jusqu'au quatrieme degre inclusivement de tous les Rois et Princes de maisons souveraines de l'Europe actuellement vivans [Genealogy up to the fourth degree inclusive of all the Kings and Princes of sovereign houses of Europe currently living] (in French). Bourdeaux: Frederic Guillaume Birnstiel. 1768. p. 82.