Ernest Constantine, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal

Ernest Constantine, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal (8 August 1771 in Philippsthal – 25 December 1849 in Meiningen) was a member of the House of Hesse and Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal from 1816 until his death.

Ernest Constantine, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal
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Born(1771-08-08)8 August 1771
Died25 December 1849(1849-12-25) (aged 78)
Noble familyHouse of Hesse
Spouse(s)Louise of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
Caroline of Hesse-Philippsthal
FatherWilliam, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal
MotherUlrika Eleonora of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld


Ernest Constantine was the youngest son of the Landgrave William of Hesse-Philippsthal (1726-1810) from his marriage with Ulrike Eleonora of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (1732-1795), daughter of William, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld.

Until 1796 he was an officer in Dutch service. In 1797, he acquired the porcelain manufactory in Volkstedt (a suburb of Rudolstadt), which he sold two years later.

In 1808 he became Grand Chamberlain of the Jérôme Bonaparte, the King of Westphalia. After the dissolution of the kingdom of Westphalia, Ernst Constantine succeeded his brother Louis as Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal in 1816. He also re-entered Dutch service, where he was appointed general.

Marriage and issueEdit

Ernest Constantine married Louise (1775-1808), the daughter of Prince Frederick Charles of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (1736-1793), on 10 April 1796 in Rudolstadt, with whom he had the five children:

  • Frederick William (1797-1797)
  • Ferdinand (1799-1837)
  • George Gustav (1801-1802)
  • Charles II (1803-1868), who succeeded him as Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal, married the Duchess Marie of Württemberg (1818-1888) in 1845
  • Francis (1805-1861), created Baron of Falkener in 1841, married (morganatically) Mary Catharine Kohlmann (1819-1904)

Later, he married his niece, Caroline of Hesse-Philippsthal (1793-1872), daughter of his elder brother Prince Charles of Hesse-Philippsthal, on 17 February 1812 in Kassel. From his second marriage he had two children:

  • Victoria (1812-1837)
  • William Edward (1817-1819)



  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. 62.
Ernest Constantine, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal
Born: 8 August 1771 Died: 25 December 1849
Preceded by Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal
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