Ernest Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern

Ernest Ferdinand of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern (4 March 1682 in Osterholz – 14 April 1746 in Brunswick) was a titular Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburg. He was Prince of Brunswick-Bevern and founder of the younger Brunswick-Bevern line.

Ernest Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
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Ernest Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Born(1682-03-04)4 March 1682
Died14 April 1746(1746-04-14) (aged 64)
Noble familyHouse of Guelph
Spouse(s)Eleonore Charlotte of Courland
August William
Christine Sophie
George Louis
George Frederick
Anne Marie
Frederick Charles Ferdinand
FatherFerdinand Albert I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
MotherChristine of Hesse-Eschwege


He was born in 1682 as the fourth son of Duke Ferdinand Albert I of Brunswick-Bevern and his wife, Landgravine Christine of Hesse-Eschwege. On 1 May 1706, he became a colonel in the Prussian army. In December of that year he succeeded his twin brother, Ferdinand Christian (d. 1706) as provost of the chapters of St. Blaise and St. Cyriakus in Brunswick.

On 1 March 1735, his elder brother, Duke Ferdinand Albert II of Brunswick-Bevern inherited Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. Ferdinand Albert II then gave Brunswick-Bevern to Ernest Ferdinand as an apanage.

Ernest Ferdinand died in Brunswick in 1746. He was the founder of the younger Brunswick-Bevern line, which died out with the death of his son Frederick Charles Ferdinand in 1809

Marriage and issueEdit

Eleonore Charlotte of Courland (1686-1748).

On 4 August 1714, he married Eleonore Charlotte of Courland (1686-1748), daughter of Frederick Casimir Kettler, with whom he had thirteen children:

  • August William (1715-1781)
  • Christine Sophie (1717-1779), married Margrave Frederick Ernest of Brandenburg-Kulmbach (1703-1762)
  • Frederica (1719-1772)
  • George Louis (1721-1747), father of Danish courtesan Støvlet-Cathrine Benthagen
  • Ernestine (1721)
  • George Frederick (1723-1766)
  • Amalia (1724-1726)
  • Charles William (1725)
  • Frederick August (1726-1729)
  • Anne Marie (1728-1754)
  • Frederick Charles Ferdinand (1729-1809), Danish Marshal
  • John Charles (1731-1732)



  • Christof Römer (ed.): Braunschweig-Bevern. Ein Fürstenhaus als europäische Dynastie, 1667–1884, Brunswick State Museum, Brunswick, 1997, p. 57–58
  • Ferdinand Spehr (1877), "Ernst Ferdinand, Herzog von Braunschweig-Bevern", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), 6, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, p. 261
Ernest Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern
Born: 4 March 1682 Died: 14 April 1746
Preceded by
Ferdinand Albert II
Duke of Brunswick-Bevern
Succeeded by
August William