Friedrich Karl Ludwig, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck

Friedrich Karl Ludwig, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck (Danish: Frederik Carl Ludvig; 20 August 1757 – 24 April 1816)[1] was the ninth and penultimate Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck. Friedrich Karl Ludwig was the son of Prince Karl Anton August of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck and his wife Countess Charlotte of Dohna-Schlodien.

Friedrich Karl Ludwig
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Friedrich Karl Ludwig by Johann Friedrich August Tischbein, ca. 1800
Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
Reign24 February 1775 – March 1816
PredecessorPeter August
SuccessorFriedrich Wilhelm
Born(1757-08-20)20 August 1757
Königsberg, Prussia
Died24 April 1816(1816-04-24) (aged 58)
Wellingsbüttel Manor, Hamburg
FatherPrince Karl Anton August of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
MotherCountess Charlotte of Dohna-Schlodien


Friedrich Karl Ludwig was born in Königsberg, Kingdom of Prussia. He joined the Prussian Army in 1777 upon the request of King Frederick the Great. By 1781 he was a staff officer in the Regiment von Schlieben and by 1787 he commanded a grenadier battalion based in Königsberg.[1] He assisted in the suppression of the 1794 Kościuszko Uprising and was Governor of Kraków in 1795. He retired from Prussian service as a lieutenant general in 1797 and spent the rest of his life improving agriculture in Holstein.[1] He died in Wellingsbüttel Manor, now part of Hamburg.

He was a recipient of the Order of the Elephant, Order of St. Alexander Nevsky, Order of the Red Eagle, and the Order of Saint Hubert.[2]

Marriage and issueEdit

Friedrich married Countess Friederike of Schlieben (28 February 1757 – 17 December 1827) on 8 March 1780 in Königsberg. At the time, the marriage was not looked upon favorably because the Schlieben family was not an ancient noble family. Friedrich and Friederike had three children:

Friedrich was succeeded as duke by his son, Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.



  1. ^ a b c Albinus, Robert (1985). Lexikon der Stadt Königsberg Pr. und Umgebung (in German). Leer: Verlag Gerhard Rautenberg. p. 371. ISBN 3-7921-0320-6.
  2. ^ Der Elephanten-Orden und seine Ritter. Von Johann Heinrich Friedrich Berlien
  3. ^ 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. 77.
Friedrich Karl Ludwig, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 20 August 1757 Died: 24 April 1816
Regnal titles
Preceded by Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck
24 February 1775–25 March 1816
Succeeded by