Frederick, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym

Frederick of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym (Schaumburg, 29 November 1741 – Homburg vor der Höhe, 24 December 1812), was a German prince of the House of Ascania from the Anhalt-Bernburg branch and the last ruler of the principality of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym.

Frederick I
Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym
Reign22 April 1812 – 24 December 1812
Born(1741-11-29)29 November 1741
Died24 December 1812(1812-12-24) (aged 71)
Homburg vor der Höhe
HouseHouse of Ascania
FatherVictor I, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym
MotherCountess Hedwig Sophie Henckel of Donnersmarck

He was the fifth (but fourth surviving) son of Victor I, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym, but the first-born by his second wife, Countess Hedwig Sophie Henckel von Donnersmarck.

Life Edit

After the death of his father in 1772, Frederick and his brothers were excluded from the government of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym by their older brother, Prince Karl Louis, until his death in 1806.

At the time of Karl Louis's death, Frederick was his only surviving brother and reclaimed the government from his nephew Prince Victor II. Frederick claimed that the primogeniture was never formally installed in Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym and, according to the traditional laws of the House of Ascania, he had the right to share the government with Victor II. The dispute ended with the death of Victor II without male heirs on 22 April 1812, who left Frederick as the only living agnate of the branch and, in consequence, heir to the principality.

Reign Edit

Frederick's rule lasted only eight months until his death. Because he never married or had children, the line of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym became extinct with him.

Succession Edit

His kinsman Duke Alexius of Anhalt-Bernburg inherited Hoym and the other lands obtained from the main branch of Anhalt-Bernburg in 1718 when the line was created; but the Counties of Holzappel and Schaumburg were inherited by his eldest grandniece, Hermine, by marriage Archduchess of Austria, as the senior heir of Elisabeth Charlotte Melander, who by treaty in 1690 gave her counties as a dowry to her youngest daughter, Princess Charlotte of Nassau-Dillenburg, then betrothed to Prince Lebrecht of Anhalt-Zeitz-Hoym. Hermine's son Archduke Stephen of Austria, Palatine of Hungary eventually inherited the Counties.[1]

References Edit

Bibliography Edit

  • Ferdinand Siebigk: Das Herzogthum Anhalt, p. 243, Desbarats, 1867
Preceded by Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym
Succeeded by
in Holzappel and Schaumburg
Alexius Frederick Christian
in Hoym